Buick Cars In Madras – Old Photo 1929
This is a vintage photo of Buick Cars grouped in Madras, now Chennai in 1929. Captioned at the back is ” A remarkable demonstration of Buick’s popularity in Madras. Eighty Buick cars…” See the enlarged image to read the complete caption. Buicks were once the most popular vehicle in Chennai and India at a bygone British India era.
After independence in 1947, the new government gradually stopped the import of foreign consumer goods into India. This was to encourage the growth of the manufacturing sector. Today vintage automobile shows are a big draw in India. Rajah Sir Annamalai Chettiar on whose felicitation guests had arrived in their Buicks shown in the photo.
The Raja was an industrialist, banker, educationist, and philanthropist. Read about The Maharajas and Their Magnificent Motor Cars – in pictures. See also my post- Delhi-Bombay Car Rally In British India Era- Old Print 1904., and Parsi Statue And Vintage Cars Mumbai – Old Photo.
Did you know- the Gedee car museum at Coimbatore has in its collection a c1886 Benz Patent Motorwagen, the world’s first motor car. It’s a tri-wheel single-seater.
From the collection- Rare Nilgiri Mountain Railway Steam Locomotive Drawing., Raja Ravi Varma’s “Birth of Shakuntala” Oleograph c1894., Antique Print Falls of Gairsoppa or Jog Falls., Antique Hand Colored Map Plan Of Quilon Fort