Gopalswamy Doraiswamy Naidu (a.k.a. G D Naidu) was one of the icons of Coimbatore, the second largest city in the state of Tamil Nadu. He was a well known scientist, inventor educationalist and philanthropist, titled ‘the Edison of India’, who played a role in various developments in the city and the nation, including industries and infrastructure.
He had a strong affinity towards automobiles and he was one of the very few people to own a Rolls Royce (in around 1935), which was gifted to him. His car collection is now put on show along with a lot of wheels from all over the world, at the new Geedee Car Museum.
Geedee Car Museum houses every significant development in car industry, from a replica of the first automobile in the world (1886 Benz Patent Motorwagen), to recent racing cars. There are over 70 models on display, of which around 30 are from G D Charitable Trust’s collection. And they are arranged chronologically, with documentation explaining the evolution of automobile industry as a whole.
Some of the historically significant cars in the Gedee Car Museum include Rolls Royce 20 owned by the Mysore Maharaja, McDowell 1000 designed by legendary Indian racer from Coimbatore, S Karivardhan, and 1908 Ford T (the first mass produced car), among others, many of which were donated to the museum by auto aficionados from different cities across India. There are some contributions from the United States and Germany as well.
The Gedee Car Museum is open to public from today. Timings: between 9 AM and 5 PM from Tuesday to Saturday, and between 10 AM and 6 PM on Sundays. Entry fee is Rs. 50 per head.
Here is a brief photo gallery of the masterpieces put on display.