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Me and My Cars: Jagdish Thackersey

28th Oct 2019 8:00 am

We talk to Jagdish Thackersey, businessman, about his automotive experiences and his wish list.


What are you driving and why?

My SLS AMG about twice a week, my 1935 Bentley 31/2 Litre Drophead Coupe by Antem on some Sunday mornings and my Mercedes-Benz S 350 every day.

Thackersey’s Bentley at Pebble Beach 2018.

What’s next on your wish list?

A 1953 Cadillac El Dorado Convertible.

The most fun you’ve had in a car?

The many drives during my 10 years (1980-1989) as a deputy clerk-of-the-course in the Himalayan Rallies were the most enjoyable and adventurous despite driving a Maruti Omni or a Gypsy.

Dream ‘money-no-object’ car?

A 1938 Bugatti Type 57 SC Atlantic.

Who is your all-time greatest motorsport hero?

Niki Lauda. I followed his racing years quite avidly and was a big fan.

Favourite road?

The roads in the foothills of the Himalayas.

What’s on your automotive bucket list?

Buy a Bentley R-Type Continental and Jaguar E-Type and restore them if necessary.

What would you do with your last litre of fuel?

Head for home.

Your ideal 5 car garage would be?

1. 1935 Bentley Coupe

2. Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

3. Mercedes-Benz S-class

4. Toyota Land Cruiser

5. Mercedes-Benz GLE

What was your first car?

Though I learnt driving on a Hindustan Landmaster, my first car was a 1967 Standard Herald.

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