The president of the ‘Vintage and Classic Club of India’ Nitin Dossa welcomes this as a positive move. But he has concerns regarding how the cars will be evaluated for the amount of duty they will carry. Also, it is not clear if left-hand-drive cars will be considered for import. If they are excluded under the new rule, enthusiasts will be disappointed as it would not be possible to import fine American vintage cars such as Cadillacs and Studebakers.
Overall, vintage car collectors and admirers are thrilled as this has opened up options that weren’t possible before. An influx of vintage cars in the country may also lead to prices of vintage and classic cars already present here reaching realistic levels.