One Of The Earliest Cars In Mumbai – Old Photo 1932

This is a 1932 photograph of one of the earliest cars in Bombay, now Mumbai. The car is the Curved Dash Oldsmobile. A handwritten date “1932” is inscribed at the back. This is one of the earliest automobiles in Mumbai dating to 1903. The 1 cylinder Curved Dash Oldsmobile also known as the Model R. Resembling a motorized horseless carriage and was petrol driven. First produced in 1901 quickly became a very popular car in the USA.

It had a top speed of 32 kmph and got its name from the curved front that protected passengers’ legs. A man drove one from Detroit, Michigan to New York City (991km) in 7 days to deliver it to a customer. People were impressed by this long journey, and 1,000 orders for the Oldsmobile Curved Dash were taken immediately. The Oldsmobile was popular because of its versatility and driving ease.  The text on the photo indicates that it was one of the earliest motor cars of Mumbai. Click on the photo to get a better view.

See also post Earliest Motor Car In Colaba Bombay – Old Photograph 1900.

The above is also one of the earliest automobiles in Bombay. Undoubtedly Bombay may have had the most concentration of imported motor cars in the British era.

Read about Oldsmobile: the oldest American automobile brand. See post of the first motorsport in India First Motor Car Rally In British India- Old Print 1904

Did you know- Maharajas were the biggest buyers of top-end imported cars like the Rolls Royces, Daimlers, Buicks, and so on. 

From the collection- c1964 M. Suriyamoorthy Charcoal On Paper (#2)., Vasco Da Gama Before The Zamorin Calicut – Old Postcard., Vintage Book – With Wellesley To Madras

The images are of the actual items from my collection. And Not a photocopy, pirated, or stock photos or taken from other sources.


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5x7 inch

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British photographer