Owned by businessman Tulaji Rao Angre, these cars are one of most rare in India. He also owns Indian 101 Scout which he regularly rides in Jodhpur. He dreams of adding Jaguar E-Type into this collection one day. We featured his 1951 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith on our coverpage let’s learn about his other prized possessions.
1936 PACKARD ONE-TWENTY
Packard was imported by Maharaja of Jind in 1941. “I bought this car from Ranjeet Malik of Delhi in 2004”, says Tulaji. Packard 120 was produced by the Packard Motor Car Company of Detroit, Michigan from 1935 to 1937 and 1939 to 1941. We had a drove this car around Gwalior and we got a mileage of 4kpl, but it was worth it!
PACKARD STYLECHECK: Packard company lasted from 1899 to 1958 | Packard company’s first L-head 8-cylinder car | 120bhp of power with 137kmph top speed | Only 175,027 units were built | Features independent front suspension named as Safe-T-Flex Suspension | Priced at ₹1.24 lakh by Packard and today expected to fetch ₹1 crore | Considered as limousine on 3500mm wheelbase
1941 FORD GPW
It approached India in the middle of World War II. It was brought to Gwalior by Tulaji in 2007 from Uttar Pradesh. It was manufactured by Ford Motor Company from 1941 to 1945. It is well advised as the iconic World War II Jeep.
FORD STYLECHECK: 2,77,896 units were made by Ford | 2.2 litre Go Devil Inline-four engine with 3-speed manual transmission | Considered as 4×4 truck | GPW: G- Government type contract for army, P for passenger car, W- Willys licensed design| Produces 60bhp of power with 142Nm of torque
1949 LAND ROVER SERIES I
Land Rovers were imported to India by East India Company when they established English tea gardens in Darjeeling. Tulaji purchased the car in 2008. It was produced by Land Rover from 1948 to 1958. It highlighted steel box-section chassis, and an aluminium body.
LAND ROVER STYLECHECK: 1.6-litre petrol engine making 50bhp | unusual four-wheel-drive system with a freewheel unit | In 1992, Land Rover alleged that 70% of all the vehicles they had built are still in use | features leaf-sprung suspension | Can be started with a front hand crank
Angre’s technician Arif Khan says, “I worked for Ford, Packard Rolls-Royce and BMW Isetta of Scindias. Spares are not easily available and we have to do creative improvisation upon them. It’s my passion for vintage cars, I don’t work for money.”