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Standard Herald Mark 1

Standard built Herald Mark 1's in India

The Mark 1 Standard Herald is featured here - the car was built in India from imported parts

Karl Bhote writes "These are pictures  of the Mark 1 Herald I have taken over the years. MHP 147 is perhaps the oldest known herald in India, with the registration dating to late 1961. I was told the car was recently scrapped. Pity, because it was complete, even with original paint. Only the front sidelights were changed.

MHP 245 is again one of the oldest, it being just a couple of months later than 147. It was owned by one family till 2000, with the owner even having

rallyed it for a while. Note the cool chrome bumpers, unique to India. These are after market items, being manufactured in the 60s and 70s by Vidyut motors in Bombay. She now belongs to Shyam Krishnamachary, who wrote in to you earlier, but will soon be sold.

A fine example of the later Mk1s is AP 10 M 6000 (newer registration) or Dharampur 6, as she was earlier known, is perhaps the most original and untouched herald in India, and possibly the world! She was earlier owned by

the Maharaja of Dharampur (all maharajas had these quaint personalised red number plates), and has covered just 5002 kms to date! The paint, upholstery,

everything is as it left the factory! Unbelievable. I have not seen the car, but Shyam sent me these pictures..

Another fine example of a Mark 1 herald is MHP 2547, it has been recently restored."

Come back soon for a feature on Standard Herald Mk 2's

All words: Karl Bhote, Pictures by Karl Bhote and Shyam Krishnamachary