A chance to own rare vintage beauty

20 vehicles from a bygone era to be won at an online auction at a one-of-a-kind event in the country

For those interested in collecting cars, here is an opportunity to own rare vintage cars ranging from the 1924 Austin 7, affectionately known as “Baby Austin” and 1947 Chrysler Windsor, a luxury sedan, in an old Indian Army Jeep Mahindra from the 1971 Indo-Pak War.

At a one-of-a-kind event in India, 20 vehicles from a bygone era are up for grabs in an online auction from December 3-9.

The preview of the event organized by Historic Auction, the country’s leading automotive specialistAuto Fine Art Island and Auction House, will be open to the public November 24-27 at the Museo Camera in Sector 28 here.

Besides cars, 15 pieces of automotive art – paintings by famous filmmaker and artist Raja Muzaffar Ali – will also be put under the hammer.

Historic Auctions Managing Director Amal Tanna said The Hindu that the event, aimed at car enthusiasts and wealthy individuals alike, had many boasting firsts like the no-reserve Indo-Pak jeep, a Land Rover owned by an ex-Kutch royal family, and insurance at winner to have the vehicle restored in the color of his choice.

Collect higher bids

“The vehicles auctioned have a minimum reserve price, with the exception of the jeep. Among the vintage cars, the 1959 Cadillac Sedan made famous by the Hollywood film Pink Cadillac has the highest reserve price in the ₹ 1 crore to 1.20 crore range, but we expect it to get higher bids. It is an extremely unique car and unique to the country in this state, ”said Mr. Tanna.

The proceeds from the auction of cars, belonging to different personalities across the country, will be donated to different foundations. While the proceeds from the Indo-Pak war jeep will be donated to the Army Veterans’ Welfare Group, those from the paintings are pledged to Kotwara Welfare Trust which works for the upliftment of artists and craftsmen. “The painting auction is open to everyone in the world, but the cars are restricted to Indian residents with restrictions on their export,” Tanna said.

Mr Ali, speaking at a press conference for the event, said that the whole journey of understanding and appreciating old machines has come of age today and it is truly a milestone in a culture where people start to respect, value and cherish old things.

“For me, these cars are not only beauties in themselves, but are full of memories. Each car is for me a story, a place and a person. It’s the child in you who makes you fall in love with a car. We have to see them with our inner eyes or they are just pieces of metal, ”Ali said.

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