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Vintage Humber of Nobel Laureate Tagore
The 193 Humber which belonged to Tagore is gathering dust and crumbling since the Humber Company has ceased to exist and spare parts are not available in the market. It was gifted to him by his son Rathindra Nath Tagore who purchased a pair in 1938
VINTAGE CAR rallies have become a fashion and when the old time beauties take to the streets, they make the traffic stop. There are dedicated persons who make it their business to restore vintage cars. They and the owners take pride in their prized possessions and show to the world how the rich and the famous traveled in the days when automobiles were few and was just a dream for the vast majority.


One of these is a 1933 model Humber that was a favourite of the Nobel Laureate Rabindra Nath Tagore. It was gifted to him by his son Rathindra Nath Tagore who purchased a pair in 1938 after his return from the United States, each of the cars was priced at around 400 pounds. One of these models was kept for the travel of the poet in his ancestral house in Kolkata and the other was taken to Vishwa Bharati. The poet would go around the campus in this vehicle. Since it was the only motorised vehicle in the area, it was a feast for everyone’s eyes.


Well, this 1933 Humber car of Tagore is gathering dust and crumbling since the Humber Company has ceased to exist and spare parts are not available in the market. Over the past thirty odd years, the Vishwa Bharati authorities were exploring several possibilities to infuse life into the decaying vehicle but hit a dead end. It is, undoubtedly, a priceless Tagore relic and, after the loss of the original Nobel prize medal, the authorities want to make amends of sorts by giving a new lease of life to the vehicle in which Tagore moved around in the last years of his life.

A preliminary survey of the car has revealed that several parts of the engine, including its air cleaner, carburetor and the self starter, are missing. The restorers have approached the Vintage Humber Car Club, United Kingdom which is an association of owners of Humber cars, who help each other to keep these cars in shape. The cost of repair and renovation is expected to be around Rs 4 lakh. It would be housed in a specially built showcase that is estimated to cost another Rs 5.5 lakh. The Vishwa Bharati authorities have broken an age-old tradition by approaching a corporate house to sponsor the work.
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