Nostalgic Cars In The 1930s Mumbai, Old Photo
Two old 1930-40s photographs of nostalgic cars of Bombay, now Mumbai. This early car is partially visible at a roadside fruit seller in this scene of the 1930s. The area seems to be in a busy intersection of Bombay. The second photo shows what looks like a British-made Morris Minor. The automobiles in the British era were mostly of European make with a sprinkling of American brands. Motor cars arrived in India slowly in the early 20th century, bought mainly by the cash-rich Maharajas of India.
Bombay’s wealthy Parsi businessmen were not far behind in owning swanky cars of that time. Which included the Daimlers, Rolls-Royces, Buicks, Cadillacs, and so on. These vintage mobile icons are today either seen at rallies, with collectors or for auction. Morris Minors were favourite with the middle class of India. They were one of the most prolific and possibly the longest used vehicles, seemingly up to the 1980s-90s. Notice the abundantly laden fruits with this roadside vendor. Click on the photo for better view.
Did you know- the first car to be imported into India by Maharaja Rajinder Singh of Patiala was the French-made De Dion Bouton.
From the collection- Raja Ravi Varma’s “Mohini On A Swing” – Vintage Print 1930s., Cooum River In Chennai – Old Photograph 1880., Connaught Place New Delhi – 2 Old Postcards 1950., Floating Dock British Era Bombay – Old Print 1872