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Vintage Cars From British India Era – 6 Old Photos

These are 6 small old photographs of vintage cars from the British India era. I’m not entirely sure which are the makes of these automobiles. But possibly Wolseley, Chevrolet, Chrysler, or Austin. The occupants look to be British, not sure of the exact locations in India. Only a few could afford motor vehicles, hence it was not too common to find them on the roads like today.

Our maharajahs and princelings were the biggest buyers from the time the first automobile entered India. The other big buyers were the Zamindars, high-ranking officials, businessmen, and so on. The biggest cities that used motor vehicles were Bombay, Calcutta, Madras, Punjab, etc. Notice the acetylene gas headlamps, toolbox on the sideboard, and gleaming trumpet horn. All look to be convertibles with spoked wheels except for one that is not a convertible, see images.

Read about- Every vintage car tells a story  See my posts- Colaba And Earliest Motor Car Mumbai – Old Photo 1900.,  Nawab Of Bhopal’s Hunting Bentley – Old Photograph 1926 (#1). 

Did you know- the first Indian indigenous car built from scratch was the Tata Indica in 1998.  

From the collection- Parsi Beauty Mumbai – Old Postcard 1908., Raja Varma Oil Paintings In 11 Picture Postcards 1960., Our Journey Around The World – 1894 Book

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

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4¼ x 3½ Inches

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Unknown British Indian photographer