Top 5 best and most stunning classic and vintage cars in India

by Vivaan Khatri | 06/09/2018
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Almost every car enthusiast wants to own at least a classic and vintage car. It might be hard to make that dream comes true, but you can still admire those beautiful cars from afar. Here are some of the best classic and vintage cars in India.

The automotive sector has grown significantly for the last ten years in India. New high-end extravagant cars are being launched by various car manufacturers. However, in the world of automobiles, new is not always the best. It is still great to see something from the good old days, especially classic and vintage cars. 

Many people may consider a vintage car as an old automobile. However, with car enthusiasts, they are not only a vehicle but also part of a glory era. Classic and vintage cars play a vital role in the history of every country. Through car design, you can know the tastes, preferences and creativeness of the former car owners and even some interesting stories behind it. Therefore, we create a collection of vintage autos which are well-known in the nation, which consists of India's greatest vintage and classic cars.

1. 1935 Delahaye 135MS

1935 Delahaye 135MS is, without doubt, the most delightful and stunning car in India. This auto, whose coachwork was customized by Figoni et Falaschi, belongs to Dalip Singh from the Royal Family of Jodhpur. They're extremely rare, only 11 cars like this were produced, and just 5 remaining till today. This Delahaye marked a milestone in Indian automotive history by winning the first ever Cartier Concourse d'Elegance in Mumbai a decade ago. 


1935 Delahaye 135MS canvas print angle view

1935 Delahaye 135MS has a beautiful and elegant look

2. 1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental

This Gurney Nutting bodied Phantom II is a unique model in the country with beautiful proportions and unmatched road presence. This automotive was chosen to be displayed at the 2018 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. It is the only Phantom II Continentals surviving in India and also the last P2 Continental ever created. With the chassis variety 62UK, it is probably the only automotive in India that has the sheer fantastic beauty of the Delahaye.


White and green 1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental angle view.

1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental is the best pre-War Rolls-Royces

3. 1958 Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster

The only post-war automobile appears in this list is this gorgeous and stunning Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster. It is the only 300SL in India and is owned by the royal family of Gondal. The 300SL was one among the most pricey and quickest cars of its time. With maximum speeds of over two hundred kmph a breeze, this sixty-year sports auto can still race with some new autos. Besides the 300SL, the Gondal royal family also possess the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, another fashionable auto.

1958 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster silver color angle view

1958 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster is a runaway success for Mercedes-Benz

4. 1925 Hispano Suiza H6B

In pre-independent India, the Rolls-Royce was the first choice for the Maharajas, however, some royals chose brands like Hispano-Suiza thanks to their sheer technological artistry. The 1925 H6B is the most stunning Hispano-Suiza in India and the only remaining chassis with Saoutchik bodywork in the world. This H6B was previously owned by the Maharajah Of Mysore. Now, after being restored to its original condition, the H6B belongs to the Geedee Museum in Coimbatore. It is referred as 'La convertible half-dozen Glaces' with unique design allows the roof to close or open upon owner's request.

Blue 1925 Hispano Suiza H6B roof closed angle view

The 1925 H6B is known as the most stunning Hispano-Suiza in India

5. 1931 Lancia Dilambda

Many of you may not be familiar with this brand, Lancia Dilambda, but the model produced in 1931 used to be a high-end automobile in its era. The Lancia Dilambda is the earliest Pininfarina bodied automotive in India as well as in the world. Now, Pininfarina is owned by Mahindra and becomes an 'Indian' brand. The Lancia Dilambda pioneered the unit body method of car construction which is used by the majority of current cars. It has a conventional chassis frame and is powered by a 4 litre 24 degree V8 engine. The Lambda is possibly the best car ever built by the Lancia.

Blue and yellow 1931 Lancia Dilambda angle view

The Dilambda was first presented at the 1929 Paris Motor Show

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