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Vintage cars rule the road

In the age of sedans and SUVs, there are some people who have a passion for vintage cars and they are ready to go to any length to buy and maintain these royal beauties. Chetna Dua reports.

india Updated: May 04, 2011 00:54 IST
Chetna Dua
Chetna Dua
Hindustan Times
Hindustantimes

In the age of sedans and SUVs, there are some people who have a passion for vintage cars and they are ready to go to any length to buy and maintain these royal beauties.

A few such enthusiasts, who attended the recent vintage car rally in the city, include the names of Maharajkumar Ajatshatru Singh of Jammu and Kashmir, Diljeet Titus and Madan Mohan. Ajatshatru Singh, who owns a dozen such cars, refers to them as ‘classic beauties’.

It’s the sheer passion that drives men like Titus, Mohan and Ajatshatru Singh to spend crores of rupees on collecting and restoring these antique cars. Ajatshatru Singh says, “A vintage car is like a lovely lady. It needs care, love and respect, only then it will perform well.”

Madan Mohan, who has been collecting these cars for the past ten years, has a collection of 200 vintage cars. Maheshwar Dayal, DCP, Gurgaon, is also a great lover of these cars.

“A vintage car can be bought for between R25 and R50, while Rolls Royce may cost R1 crore,” says a collector. The maintenance of these cars is a task of great passion. The Gurgaon rally has inspired Ajatshatru Singh, who plans something similar in Srinagar in September.

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