It was circa 1900 when the first car came into India. In the next few years three Oldsmobiles were imported into the country, and within 10 years of the first car, there were several thousand vehicles, driven by the many Maharajas, Princes, Industrialists and Philanthropists in the country.
Anticipating the need for cars in India, General Motors set up, as early as in 1927, their own "assembly" in Mumbai. Within 10 years General Motors India Ltd. (as they were known then too) could churn out as many as 11,000 cars and trucks - Buicks, Chevrolets and Vauxhalls - per year.
Today, more than 75 years later, India boasts of a sizable collection of early and vintage cars. The largest collection of Vintage cars in the world is in India, owned by founder president and patron Mr. Pranlal Bhogilal. The Vintage and Classic Car Club of India was founded by Mr. Pranlal Bhogilal with the objective of preserving this rich heritage of cars in the country.
The VIntage & Classic Car Club of India, has on its roster, eminent personalities like HH Manvendra Singh Barwani, Dr. Vijay Mallya, Mr. Sharad Sanghi, Mr. Nitin Dossa, Mr. Hormusji Cama, Mr. Vivek Goenka, Mr. Dinesh Lal, Mr. Hemant Ruia and other connoissuers who have a priceless collection of vintage and clasic cars.
All owners of Vintage & Classic cars are eligible to become members. The Club helps members in restoration of their vehicles and in sourcing spares. Today the VCCCI has 158 members, with Mr. Nitin Dossa as the President and Mr. Yash H. Ruia as the Hon. Secretary
The VCCCI is affiliated to FIVA (Federation Internationale Vehicules Anciens) - which is the international body for vintage cars.