Getting older means getting wiser may not always be true for humans but for cars, perhaps, it is. In fact, I believe that’s one great reason why many car enthusiasts favor vintage cars. They have lots of stories to tell, as many as the things an Acura Legend brake dust shield can identify about where your Acura car has been through.
At Hindu.com, the online edition of India’s national newspaper, was an article celebrating the glory of vintage cars in Haig Vintage Car display, held last Sunday at Secunderabad Club, India.
About 76 cars were featured in the said event. And some of those which stood out were cars that had the best stories attached to them.
A 1915 Wolseley Golfers Coupe was a grand example. It belonged to a royal family in Britain and was given as a gift to the Maharaja of Bhagalpur and then later on was found by a vintage car enthusiast from Hyderabad. It took him six years to restore it.
Another interesting vintage car was a 1936 Cadillac convertible limo. It was used by powerful officials including the last Viceroy of India, Lord Mountbatten, Jawaharlal Nehru and First Governor General C. Rajagopalachari. Recently, it was used by Governor of Andhra Pradesh Narayan Dutt Tiwari as a state car for the Maharashtra Government at Nagpur.
However, the 1936 Cadillac convertible received the Best Car Award given by automotive historian from Indore Manvendra, Singh Barwani.
Asked to speak during the occasion, Asif Adil, the managing director of Diageo-India, as quoted in the Times of India, said, “The legacy of Haig does go back a long way, with them being the oldest Scotch distilling family in the world. It was so very apt then for the whisky manufacturers who sport the line, ‘Made by time’ to bring together these beautiful masterpieces that speak of the heritage of Hyderabad, and which also stand for the very best that time and history have given to the automobile.”
In terms of vintage cars, getting older means getting wiser, indeed.