1930 Cadillac to 1936 Rolls Royce: Delhi glitters with vintage beauties

Over 140 vintage cars, including eight from abroad, and 35 heritage bikes featured in the event

Visitors pose for photographs with vintage cars at the rally on Saturday | PTI Photo

Several vintage four-wheelers and two-wheelers rolled across the streets of Delhi on Saturday (February 14) as part of the ninth edition of the 21 Gun Salute International Vintage Car Rally & Concours d’Elegance. It included over 140 vintage cars, including eight from abroad, and 35 heritage bikes.

The rally featured a 1930 Cadillac V-16 Roadster from the US, a 1939 Buick Roadmaster convertible sedan from Canada, and other vintage beauties by Rolls Royce, Bentley and Volkswagen. Owners of some of these took a ride from the India Gate, where the event was flagged off, to Karma Lake Lands in Gurgaon.

Bullet Nose Studebaker
Bullet Nose Studebaker | PTI Photo
1921 Fiat Corsa
1921 Fiat Corsa | PTI Photo
Vintage Lambretta scooters
Vintage Lambretta scooters | PTI Photo


Vintage Car
A vintage car put on display during the 21 Gun Salute International Vintage Car Rally at India Gate | PTI Photo

At the Gurgaon venue, other rare beauties on display include, Bikaner horse cart, wedding palanquin and erstwhile Maharaja of Gwalior’s howdah. Vintage cars owned by various erstwhile royal families, including Mysore State, Rajkaot State, and Talcher State were also on display.

The eight international vintage cars taking part in the event include 1930 Cadillac V-16 Roadster and 1939 Buick Roadmaster Convertible Sedan, Model 81C from the US; 1936 Rolls Royce 25/30 from Canada; 1951 Bentley MK VI Freestone and Webb from Germany; and 1959 Jaguar XK 150S, 1959 Alfa 2000, 1966 Ford Mustang, Maserati 3500 GT Spyder Vignale from Belgium, organisers said.

1923 Lanchester 40 HP Tourer
1923 Lanchester 40 HP Tourer | PTI Photo
1932 MG J2
1932 MG J2 (red) followed by other vintage cars | PTI Photo
Flag off
Rajya Sabha MP KTS Tulsi flags off the rally at India Gate on Saturday | PTI Photo
Vintage cars
Vintage cars put on display during the rally at India Gate | PTI Photo

The oldest car in the rally has been showcased by industrialist Gautam Singhania, who has brought his 1903 Cadillac and 1936 Rolls Royce. Yohan Poonawalla also brought his few cars, including two Rolls Royce beauties, and Ratan Tata’s brother Jimmy Tata is showcased 1967 Dodge Charger, they said.

A 1938 Bentley that belonged to Darbhanga Raj of Bihar, 1938 Bentley of Maharaja of Bhopal, 1966 Jaguar E-Type, 1959 Chevrolet Impala, 1946 MG TC, 1936 Mercedes-Benz Type 290 of Yuvraj Dhananjai Singh of Khimsar are also taking part, the organisers said.

(With inputs from agencies)

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