Pranlal Bhogilal Vintage Car Museum – Autoworld


Pranlal Bhogilal Vintage Car Museum - Dasthan - Kathwada - Ahmedabad

Trrrrriiiinnngg… Trrrriiinnnggg…

Doc: Hello

SG: Hello Doc, I was thinking of visiting the Pranlal Bhogilal vintage car collection tomorrow morning (Saturday 10th July 2010)…

Doc: Hmmm… I too was planning to go there sometime. I drove past this place a few days ago when I was going somewhere, it is around 30 – 40 minutes from campus.

SG: Good! I can book a cab for tomorrow, we could check if anyone else is interested. We can leave early and be back by around lunch time?

Doc: Let us see how many are interested, if it is around 3 to 4 people, we can take my car, if there are more, we can work out the logistics.

SG: Cool!



Later that evening, Doc sent a note to the folks who were interested, “We will assemble in the parking lot at 8.30am”. So we were all set to visit ‘Dastan’; Pranlal Bhogilal’s farmhouse that has one of India’s biggest collections of Vintage & Classic cars.
Vintage and classic cars have a charm of their own. Be it the mass produced Model-T’s or the custom built Rolls Royces, every car seems to have a character and a soul.

There are several well known V & C car collectors in India, such as Mr.Vijay Mallya, Sharad Sanghi, N Jehangir etc. Plus there are some exotic collections belonging to big industrialists & the erstwhile Royal families. But most of these collections are not open to the general public.
What makes Mr.Bhogilal’s collection unique is, not only is it open to the public, you are also allowed to photograph them to your heart’s content. (Unlike the Dharmasthala collection where pix are not allowed.)

Entry charges are Rs.50 and camera fee is Rs.100. The net proceeds of the collections are donated to a charitable organization.
Auto World" is a part of one of the most important collections of Antique Vehicles, Cars, Motorcycles, Utility Vehicles, Buggies etc. built by one family over the last century. It represents several of the greatest marques of cars from all over the world, of all types and ages.



Facilities at "Auto World" include an auditorium & souvenir shop, a cafeteria & station for fun drives in vintage cars. Witness the triumph of human creativity-the best of science & technology combined with sublime Art & Aesthetics – All at "Auto World" the largest and finest Automobile collection of India & one of the best in the world.



Contact Details:

Dastan Estate,

Sardar Patel Ring Road,

Kathwada,

Ahmedabad-382430,

Gujarat, India Phone: +91 79 22820699

Fax: +91 79 22820699

Mobile: +91 98242 76653

Email: dasco@vsnl.com

Source: Gujarat Tourism website
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The pics of all the cars on display at the museum as on Saturday 10th July 2010 are uploaded from my second post onwards on this thread.
Four of us assembled at the parking lot on Saturday morning, Dr.Gautam, Capt.Manish, Nagesh & Sanjay.
Nagesh & Gautam were armed with their Canon DSLRs and I carried along the FZ28 + the FX01 as a backup.

 

Fueled up and air-check before we hit the highway…

Pranlal Bhogilal Vintage Car Museum - Dasthan - Kathwada - Ahmedabad



Doc knew the route to the place, so we reached ‘Vintage Village’ @ Dastan in around 35 – 40 minutes…

Pranlal Bhogilal Vintage Car Museum - Dasthan - Kathwada - Ahmedabad



A neat farmhouse with open display halls specially constructed for the cars…

Pranlal Bhogilal Vintage Car Museum - Dasthan - Kathwada - Ahmedabad



Cars are grouped into categories such as ‘American’, ‘British’, ‘Sports’ etc.

Pranlal Bhogilal Vintage Car Museum - Dasthan - Kathwada - Ahmedabad



All set!

Pranlal Bhogilal Vintage Car Museum - Dasthan - Kathwada - Ahmedabad



Bought the tickets and we went in…

Pranlal Bhogilal Vintage Car Museum - Dasthan - Kathwada - Ahmedabad



We spent almost four hours walking around the places and each of us walked out with several Gigs of pix…

Pranlal Bhogilal Vintage Car Museum - Dasthan - Kathwada - Ahmedabad



Nagesh’s technique to get ‘Ropeless pictures’ :-)

Pranlal Bhogilal Vintage Car Museum - Dasthan - Kathwada - Ahmedabad



A guy from the museum staff walked along with us, patiently giving details, answering questions and explaining about the history of several special cars…

Pranlal Bhogilal Vintage Car Museum - Dasthan - Kathwada - Ahmedabad



Cars with special interiors…

Pranlal Bhogilal Vintage Car Museum - Dasthan - Kathwada - Ahmedabad



And special features…

Pranlal Bhogilal Vintage Car Museum - Dasthan - Kathwada - Ahmedabad



Though I had seen the photos of most of the cars on display, you get a better perspective when you actually see them in person. This one is a Bedford mobile X-ray unit…

Pranlal Bhogilal Vintage Car Museum - Dasthan - Kathwada - Ahmedabad



What he thought was a normal sized Austin, turned out to be a tiny ‘midget’ of a car!

Pranlal Bhogilal Vintage Car Museum - Dasthan - Kathwada - Ahmedabad



Now, that’s team-work! Manish & Nagesh holding up the awning while Doc got his perfect shot!

Pranlal Bhogilal Vintage Car Museum - Dasthan - Kathwada - Ahmedabad



Most of the cars are in excellent condition, a few could use a little more care. On the whole, a big thanks to Mr.Bhogilal for making this unique collection accessible to all…

Pranlal Bhogilal Vintage Car Museum - Dasthan - Kathwada - Ahmedabad



There are a few ‘Motor-less’ cars (carts and buggies) also on display…

Pranlal Bhogilal Vintage Car Museum - Dasthan - Kathwada - Ahmedabad



Pranlal Bhogilal Vintage Car Museum - Dasthan - Kathwada - Ahmedabad



Pranlal Bhogilal Vintage Car Museum - Dasthan - Kathwada - Ahmedabad



And there is a great restaurant at Dastan, serving tasty Gujarati Thali meals…

Pranlal Bhogilal Vintage Car Museum - Dasthan - Kathwada - Ahmedabad



After almost 3+ hours of non-stop photography, we were ready for a good meal…

Pranlal Bhogilal Vintage Car Museum - Dasthan - Kathwada - Ahmedabad

Pranlal Bhogilal Vintage Car Museum - Dasthan - Kathwada - Ahmedabad

Pranlal Bhogilal Vintage Car Museum - Dasthan - Kathwada - Ahmedabad



Had a good meal, took a couple of more pix of the farmhouse and we were back in the campus by around 3.00pm.

Pranlal Bhogilal Vintage Car Museum - Dasthan - Kathwada - Ahmedabad





Buick Eight Super 1947

Pranlal Bhogilal Vintage Car Museum - Dasthan - Kathwada - Ahmedabad



Chevrolet 1929

Pranlal Bhogilal Vintage Car Museum - Dasthan - Kathwada - Ahmedabad



Ford 1926

Pranlal Bhogilal Vintage Car Museum - Dasthan - Kathwada - Ahmedabad



Ford 1931

Pranlal Bhogilal Vintage Car Museum - Dasthan - Kathwada - Ahmedabad



Chrysler 1948

Pranlal Bhogilal Vintage Car Museum - Dasthan - Kathwada - Ahmedabad



Plymouth 1954

Pranlal Bhogilal Vintage Car Museum - Dasthan - Kathwada - Ahmedabad



Chevrolet 1935

Pranlal Bhogilal Vintage Car Museum - Dasthan - Kathwada - Ahmedabad



Diamler 1947

Pranlal Bhogilal Vintage Car Museum - Dasthan - Kathwada - Ahmedabad



Bentley 1934

Pranlal Bhogilal Vintage Car Museum - Dasthan - Kathwada - Ahmedabad



Diamler 1947

Pranlal Bhogilal Vintage Car Museum - Dasthan - Kathwada - Ahmedabad



Lagonda 1936

Pranlal Bhogilal Vintage Car Museum - Dasthan - Kathwada - Ahmedabad



Alvis 1937

Pranlal Bhogilal Vintage Car Museum - Dasthan - Kathwada - Ahmedabad



Armstrong Siddley 1955

Pranlal Bhogilal Vintage Car Museum - Dasthan - Kathwada - Ahmedabad



Jaguar 1950

Pranlal Bhogilal Vintage Car Museum - Dasthan - Kathwada - Ahmedabad



Rolls Royce 1923

Pranlal Bhogilal Vintage Car Museum - Dasthan - Kathwada - Ahmedabad



Rolls Royce 1936 (Interior)

Pranlal Bhogilal Vintage Car Museum - Dasthan - Kathwada - Ahmedabad



Rolls Royce 1936

Pranlal Bhogilal Vintage Car Museum - Dasthan - Kathwada - Ahmedabad



Rolls Royce 1926

Pranlal Bhogilal Vintage Car Museum - Dasthan - Kathwada - Ahmedabad



Rolls Royce 1932

Pranlal Bhogilal Vintage Car Museum - Dasthan - Kathwada - Ahmedabad



Rolls Royce 1927

Pranlal Bhogilal Vintage Car Museum - Dasthan - Kathwada - Ahmedabad



Rolls Royce 1923

Pranlal Bhogilal Vintage Car Museum - Dasthan - Kathwada - Ahmedabad



Rolls Royce 1923

Pranlal Bhogilal Vintage Car Museum - Dasthan - Kathwada - Ahmedabad



Rolls Royce 1927

Pranlal Bhogilal Vintage Car Museum - Dasthan - Kathwada - Ahmedabad



Wolesely 1964

Pranlal Bhogilal Vintage Car Museum - Dasthan - Kathwada - Ahmedabad



Rolls Royce 1937

Pranlal Bhogilal Vintage Car Museum - Dasthan - Kathwada - Ahmedabad



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14 comments to...
“Pranlal Bhogilal Vintage Car Museum – Autoworld”
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Dhruv

hi


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Ajay

Verry Good collection…….


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chintan khatri

nice collection


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Vivek Hattangady.

Wonderful collection.Best in the World.


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David parmar

One of the best auto musiam


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Jayanti Chatterji

Hi! Real great collection! We have a nice sports model Hillman Car.


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Kumar

Hi, Wonderful & Nice Vintage Car Collection.


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Ashish Christian

Its really nice and rich collection , i didn’t found anywhere. Really i proud as indian.


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Jacob A.P.

Great collection .I appreciate very much.I have one Vintage car 1950 Model Vauxhall – Velox 6 Cylinder single owner. I drove this car from Munnar to Kodaikannal through forest off road 100 kms in 4 hours in 1975


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PUNEET

If any one have any convertable vintage car then contact 09828126002


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tauseef

nice great collection


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riky

excellent collection ..super likes to Pranlal Bhogilal Vintage Car Museum ;)


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Ryan Oliver

It all depends on the point of view. Very beautiful. Thank you.


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milind Kelkar

Fantastic collection and very nice pictures.

My father had a Studebaker Champion 1948 sadan. Till his death the car was in use single handedly. After his death we have transfered the car to my nephew Dr. Prasanna Kelkar.Presently the car is with my nephew,at Thane.

How our car can be sent to the Museum ?

Any modalities ? Documentation ?




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