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VINTAGE AND CLASSIC CARS IN INDIA – Parnika Kapur What is a vintage and classic A vintage car is commonly defined as a car built between the start of car? 1919 and the end of 1930. There is little debate about the start date of the vintage period—the end of World War I is a nicely defined marker there—but the end date is a matter of a little more debate. Classic car is a term used to describe an older car, but the exact meaning is subject to differences in opinion. The Classic Car Club of America, maintains that a car must be between 20 and 45 years old to be a classic, while cars over 45 years fall into the vintage class. Some consider the classic period as overlapping the vintage period, especially since the vintage designation covers all vehicles produced in the period while the official classic definition does not, only including high-end vehicles of the period. Some consider the start of World War II to be the end date of the vintage period. What evolution took place in The vintage period in the automotive world was a time of transition. In the automotive world during the intervening years, most industrialised states built the vintage period? nationwide road systems with the result that, towards the end of the period, the ability to negotiate unpaved roads was no longer a prime consideration of automotive design.Cars became much more practical, convenient and comfortable during this period. Car heating was introduced, as was the in-car radio. Antifreeze was introduced, allowing water-cooled cars to be used year-round. Four- wheel braking from a common foot pedal was introduced, as was the use of hydraulically actuated brakes. Power steering was also an innovation of this era. Towards the end of the vintage era, the system of octane rating of fuel (resistance of petrol or other fuels to autoignition) was introduced, allowing comparison between fuels. In this phase, the society began adapting to cars. Which is the oldest and rarest The oldest vintage car in India is 1904 De Dion and the following are vintage car in India? amogst the rarest cars – 1. Diamler Roadster 1934; one of the only 150 ever produced 2. Minerva Type AL Limousine; one of the eight surviving in the world. Delhi is the city with the maximum number of vintage cars . Which are the most popular Vintage and classic cars: vintage and classic cars? Rolls Royce – Phantom, Ghost , Bentley, Diamler Mercedes benz 680 K , jaguar , Pacard, Buick, Lancia Lambda , Chrisler Vincer, Lagonda, Austin Seven, Chevrolet Roadster, Ford Model A (1927-1931), jeeps Cadillac V-16, Fait 500, Plymouth, Lincoln Land Rover geeps Willys jeep ( also used by the army in the ancient times) Which vintage car got sold as The merecedes benz 1936 was sold as the most expensive vintage car the most expensive car in in India. Only 6 cars of these were manufactured in the world. India ? What does the prices of The prices of these cars vary depending on the following factors : vintage and classic cars 1) year of manufacture depends on ? 2) originality 3) rarity 4) exclusivity 5) engine CC and cylinder 6) Restoration Who is the owner of The king of car collectors in India is Mumbai’s Pranalal Bhogilal. He maximum number of vintage owns about 250 vintage cars in various states of repair and is also the cars in India? founder of The Vintage and Classic Car Club of India. What are vintage and classic Vintage and classic car associations are formed by passionate vintage car collector’s associations? and classic car collectors. Many of them are affiliated by the government, but have no government funding. These clubs organize several vintage and classic car rallies. It offers a platform to vintage car lovers to meet and interact. It promotes various activities and events to help vintage vehicle owners to take care of their possessions. Lectures and seminars are organized by the clubs and sale of spare parts is also held. Examples of collector’s associations in India are : 1) vintage and classic car club of india 2) automotive heritage trust 3) heritage motoring club of India 4) cartier club Why do people collect Owning a car is a necessity for many people, but for many others, vintage and classic cars ? possessing antique cars is a matter of pride and serves as a symbol of prestige. Many enthusiasts consider this collection as a hobby. But there are several others who collect as an investment option where once they buy it, its value increases and they can sell it after some time at a higher price than originally bought. The value of a vintage car is directly proportional to time. Collecting vintage cars could be a hobby, a passion or even an obsession. Attraction for vintage or classic cars is on rise in India. Vintage cars are unique and a dream of every collector. It gives these collectors an adrenaline rush to own the rarest and the maximum vintage beauties. Only a person who can appreciate the heritage can understand the beauty of these cars. What is vintage and classic Vintage car enthusiasts make loads of effort collecting and car restoration? maintaining their beauties and to do so going to the best restorator is the solution. Vintage and classic car restoration means refurbishing the car to reincarnate it to its original self. Restoration of a vintage car is a tedious and long process. It takes 1 mercedes benz a minimum time of 8 months to restore it. During the restoration process, the missing parts are either found somewhere in the country, ordered from abroad or reproduced. The various steps included in restoration are: engine rebuilding, structural wood working, metal fabrication, auto body and collision repair, custom painting, mechanical system service, preventative and seasonal maintenance, major or partial restoration. What are vintage and classic Collectors of vintage cars in India hold regular rallies for their cars. car rallies? These rallies have been instrumental in inculcating people’s interest in these cars. One would find all old beauties like Rolls Royce, Mercedes, Jaguar, Lincoln, Beetle, Plymouth, Cadillac and Ford competing in these events. These rallies give the vintage car enthusiasts an opportunity to meet like-minded people. One can also buy vintage body parts and vintage auto parts from manufacturers from across the country. These events are organized with the motive of preserving the old heritage of the country and to educate the young generation about the evolution of the automobile industry. The spectators of vintage cars get a glimpse of very rare collectors' cars of yesteryears and bring back the nostalgia for the vintage car connoisseurs. Example: statesman’s vintage and classic car rally is the most famous rally that has been taking place for over 40 years across the country. What are vintage and classic Vintage and classic car Museums are a centre for facts, data and car museums? details about past. There are a few rare vintage and classic car museums in India. Car maniacs would love these museums for the cars they showcase in their museums. The mission of the museum is to promote the life-long education of our community, by interpreting the heritage, history, and evolution of automobiles and motorcycles over twenty-five years old. Appropriate activities generate interest, fund raising, and a sense of fun and camaraderie among the members and visitors. Example : Pro Bono Publico, a private vintage car museum having more than 50 vintage beauties, is located at Jaunapur in Mehrauli region of Delhi. The HMCI has plans to set up a 2 lakh sq ft museum in the National Capital Region (NCR). It would host more than 200 cars. Vintage car museums in Ahmedabad and Udaipur are other two renowned vintage car museums. Some more popular vintage car museums are: Jodhpur Car Museum, Jodhpur HMCI Museum, New Delhi Motor Mahal Vintage Car Museum, Ahmadabad Sudha Cars Museum,Hydrabad Metro Museum, Pune Phil Seed’s Virtual Car Museum, West Bengal What is the import – export There is no export - import policy specifically for vintage and classic policy for vintage and classic cars in India yet, but petitions have been filed for the formulation of a cars in India? specific law in this regard. But according to the export- import policy, a car which is older than 3 years, can neither be exported nor imported to India. Why is there a growing craze The affluent class is gathering craze for vintage cars in India. Some for vintage and classic cars in like to flaunt an impressive line-up of vintage cars in private functions. India ? These cars have also found demand in movies, especially in the ones which show their times. Hotels are also inducting vintage cars in their fleet to service high-spending guests. Rolls Royce could be rented anywhere between Rs 25,000 to Rs 50,000 a day. Vintage cars like Cadillac and Buick go for Rs 15,000 a day, while an Austin could be hired for between Rs 5,000 to Rs 7,000. Prices of vintage and classic cars are escalating at the rate of 15-20 per cent every year. As per estimates, 1000 to 3000 vintage cars exist in India today, valued at Rs 350 crore (Rs 3.5 billion). Some of the biggest vintage car collectors in India own the rare Mercedes 540 K and the Rolls Royce Silver Ghost, both valued at more than Rs 1 crore (Rs 10 million).
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