Vintage Cars Back to Life: A Tribute to a Father’s Legacy


In a recent event held in the beautiful city of Udaipur, Rajasthan, vintage and classic cars stole the spotlight, capturing the hearts of car enthusiasts with their timeless charm. Among the impressive collection of vehicles on display, one stood out—the 1937 Mercedes Benz 540K Cabriolet B. This iconic car, with its rich history and illustrious past, attracted attention not only for its remarkable design but also for the tradition maintained by its esteemed owner, Late Pranlal Bhogilal, of showcasing his cars separately for enthusiasts to appreciate.

Originally introduced at the prestigious 1936 Paris Motor Show, the Mercedes Benz 540K Cabriolet B quickly gained recognition as one of the most luxurious and fastest cars of its time. With a powerful 5401cc engine featuring 8 straight-line cylinders and a supercharger, it boasted an impressive power output of 180bhp, enabling it to reach speeds of up to 170 km/h effortlessly. Despite its prestigious history, the car faced challenges over the years, including upgrades to its engine and gearbox issues.

The journey of the 540K took an interesting turn when it came into the possession of Yashwantrao Martandrao Mukne, Maharaja Of Jawhar, in 1938. However, it wasn’t until 1976 that it found its way into the hands of the Late Pranlal Bhogilal, a distinguished car collector in India. Despite undergoing an engine upgrade and being stored away in a garage for over four decades, hidden from public view, the car remained a cherished part of Bhogilal’s collection.

Late Pranlal Bhogilal’s passion for vintage cars began in his teenage years and blossomed into a lifelong pursuit. Alongside collecting art, artifacts, and jewelry from India’s royal families, Bhogilal assembled an extensive collection of vintage vehicles by the mid-1970s. Unfortunately, he passed away in 2011, leaving behind a legacy and a collection that awaited restoration.

Carrying forward their father’s passion and dedication, Brijesh Chinai and his wife Chamundeshwari Bhogilal Chinai took on the responsibility of revitalizing the beloved collection. Among the remarkable pieces awaiting restoration was the Mercedes Benz 540K. As they meticulously worked on each vehicle, a sense of pride, joy, and nostalgia enveloped them. Each car told a story of a bygone era, serving as a testament to their late father’s commitment to preserving craftsmanship and beauty.

Their restoration efforts transcended mere mechanical tasks, becoming a heartfelt homage to their father’s enduring legacy and a commitment to preserving India’s automotive heritage. Each meticulously restored car symbolized a resurrection of their father’s cherished collection, breathing new life into vintage treasures that encapsulated his passion. Through their painstaking work, they honored his profound love for classic automobiles, ensuring that his legacy continued to inspire generations to come. With every vehicle restored to its former glory, they reaffirmed their dedication to safeguarding India’s rich automotive history and sharing their father’s passion with the world.

Through their dedication and passion, Brijesh Chinai and Chamundeshwari Bhogilal Chinai not only enriched their lives but also honored their late father’s commitment to preserving India’s cultural heritage. As they continue on this extraordinary journey, they aspire to keep their father’s memory alive and share the stories and sentiments behind each vintage car with the world.