For the vintage enthusiasts, of emotions obsessed by an old-world charm, timeless or classic cars never fail to provoke a wave of passion through their veins. Especially, as a means of travelling through time and arousing gentle traces of nostalgia, vintage cars have stood the test of time. We present to you some of the enduring vintage cars in India that remain to lure aficionados even after their tracks have dwindled in the course of a journey ended. Today, one can see the new car models rolling out with state-of-art technology and innovative features, but the cars from the past are still loved and admired by many. Exotic and unique classic cars in India are the ones that represent the royalty we used to have on the Indian roads during the past era. Some of the iconic cars from the 1947 era still exist in working conditions. These rare Indian cars are owned and well maintained by the royal families of India.
Rolls Royce Barker Tourer
This car is presently owned by Arvind Singh Mewar. This car has belonged to the royal family of Udaipur from past 7 generations and has been parked with the family since the early 1930s. This car was designed by Henry Royce and had a 3.1-litre engine with 20 HP of power.
Rolls Royce Silver Wraith
This car was gifted by Queen Elizabeth to her last viceroy in India, Louis Mountbatten. Upon completion of his term in India, he passed on this car to the Indian government and it served as the state car for many years. Dignitaries like Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru and Lal Bahadur Shastri used to travel in this car for the following years.
Ghanshyamdas Birla was a good friend of Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhi, prefered a non-materialistic lifestyle, therefore, did not own any luxuries. Still, he was seen travelling in his friends’ cars who willingly offered him rides like this one in the picture below.
Auto Union W24 Wanderer
This car was the escape car used by Subhash Chandra Bose. The Wanderer was unveiled by former president Pranab Mukherjee in 2017 upon its restoration. This car, with a top speed of 108 kmph was then nicknamed as the ‘Great Escape Car’.
Other significant cars include the famous Willy’s Jeep, A series I Land Rover, Range Rover P2 Saloon, Cadillac Convertible (owned by President Rajendra Prasad)
As time passed, affordability increased among the Indian buyers and people started buying cars which were imported as well as made in India. Mahindra started producing Jeep after obtaining the license form Willy’s USA. Many automakers started making cars for the Indian customers and settled in the Indian market post-independence.
Famous car brands included Hindustan Motors, Premier Automobiles Limited and Ashok Motors. The first car ever built in India was the Hindustan 10 by Hindustan Motors. It is considered as one of the rare Indian cars available.