The oldest Benz in India

The car has been with PCM family for over a century and has now been restored

Overdrive October 29, 2016 08:30:39 IST
The oldest Benz in India

In 914, Rao Bahadur PC Muthu Chettiar purchased a Benz Model 8/20 HP Runabout Tourer from Benz & Cie Germany (founded by Carl Benz). This Benz may have been made a year or so earlier, but since the original invoice, which is still in the possession of the family, is dated February 06, 1914, technically it would be classified as a 1914 model. Amazingly, for over a century this car has remained with the same family.

Interestingly, the invoice, which mentions the engine number and chassis number (plates of which are still on the car),...

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