A few years back now I imported old British bikes from India to the UK. Mostly ex-WD and pre-war bikes. Back then the supply was fairly plentiful and the prices right. Those were times before the internet was all pervasive so local folks had very little access to pictures of how the bikes looked when new to help restorations and no clear idea of prices in Europe. Nowadays that of course has all changed, few bikes restored in the last ten years don't carry at least on or two parts made by the Indian repro parts industry. Indian restorations are far higher in quality than they used to be and the scene there is so big that prices can be as high as Europe and there is even a small flow of bikes going back over to the sub-continent.
These pictures I dug out recently and are from a buying trip to Delhi back in '99.
|This Bajaj Vespa with Cozy sidecar bore the marks of a lot|
of use but carried a lot of character with it.
|Here's Madaan Motors in Karol Bagh.|