Internationally renowned businessman Sudhir Choudhrie is known for his many passions. Of course, that starts with building new commercial enterprises from the ground up. His early start and success in the import-export trade blossomed into a multinational success story. Sudhir Choudhrie founded the Magnum International Trading Company in 1975 in his native Delhi, India. It remains a significant firm to this day.
But along with the powerful entrepreneurial spirit that underpins his approach to life, Sudhir Choudhrie pursues his avocations with equal elan. One that has gained him global recognition is his collection of vintage automobiles. More than 37 examples of rare and restored classic models can be found in a large garage in Delhi where a team of mechanics lovingly maintains what is among the most remarkable auto collections on the planet. For example, the 1903 Choudhrie’s Cottereau 7hp Voiturine has to be seen to be appreciated. This French-built gem hand-constructed more than a century ago looks as new today as when it rolled out of the garage of Lois and Henri Cottereau near the beginning of the 20th Century and more
Sudhir Choudhrie’s interest in this model is natural since it was among the first brand of automobiles to be imported into India. It was purchased by the Maharajah of Patiala. The engine of this cleverly designed car contained but a single cylinder within a water-cooled engine. Restoring such a relic as the Cottereau Voiturine is a task of almost unimaginable difficulty. Among the biggest challenges is finding parts. Original equipment simply no longer exists. That meant machining all-new parts from scratch was a necessity. That’s why a restoration project for such a vehicle can take 10 years or more. It just so happens, Sudhir Choudhrie bears the temperament, persistence and determination to complete a job like this -– the same character qualities that made him among the richest men in the world.