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I love this car…………….

April 15, 2009

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I think they are called Ambassadors. I think they are usually owned by the more well-to-do. They remind me of my grandparents from my Dad’s side of the family. They used to own a car that looked similar and was blue – they called it “old blue”. Yes, we are a clever bunch!

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  1. Jasmeet permalink
    April 19, 2009 12:03 pm

    Sorry, I meant I remember *that* car, it was succeeded by the Padmini Premier.
    @areason2write: Are you saying your husband works for the Indian government???

  2. Jasmeet permalink
    April 18, 2009 6:12 am

    I remember than car, it was succeeded by the Padmini Premier…

  3. Anita permalink
    April 17, 2009 10:14 am

    Brings back fond memories. This would be the car to rent when we went on long trips (growing up)! My dad still owns a ’67 Elegant by FIAT (uses it as back up)! I don’t know if anyone would even remember how one looks! The front and back doors open in opposite directions, if you know what I mean. Very cute car!

    BTW, watch out for NANO, India’s soon to be released “smart car”!!

  4. April 17, 2009 8:32 am

    Mayank – awesome information! Thanks!

  5. Mayank permalink
    April 17, 2009 8:31 am

    @ naomi and areasontowrite: the thing on the front left hand side is a small flag pole. Since the car is used by bureaucrats, army generals and the ministers in the government, it sometimes carries a flag up front, to let people know who is riding. And the flag pole is covered if the top man is not in the car so the chauffeur cannot misuse the authority that the flag provides for. You can find a similar mini flag staff on other makes of government vehicles. Some army generals also have battle stars on the front and back near number plate to indicate designation.

    Cheers!
    Mayank

  6. April 17, 2009 12:52 am

    Jasmeet – my hubby has a job here – he was outsourced hee hee

    Naomi – no idea?

    Oma – Yes, I could definitely see James Bond in one, especially the Sean Connery James Bond.

    Lola – the ones in black are usually taxis – they are cool though!

  7. April 16, 2009 9:18 pm

    Very cute car, but I’d prefer mine to be black 😉

  8. Oma permalink
    April 16, 2009 5:51 pm

    I think I remember this car in old James Bond movie.
    Very Interesting…

    Oma

  9. April 16, 2009 11:13 am

    What’s the thing on the front left hand corner? It IS very cute!

  10. Jasmeet permalink
    April 16, 2009 9:54 am

    Actually the Brits drafted it’s initial model and that’s the reason the front grills look a bit like the old Royce. It’s very similar to the London Taxi. White is for the netas but the new Maroon or Burgundy is damn sexy and classy.

  11. Jasmeet permalink
    April 16, 2009 9:49 am

    How did you end up here?

  12. April 16, 2009 9:08 am

    Grace – isn’t it cute?

    Poupee – that is too funny – so I take that back – it’s not for the well-to-do

    Deep – I am with you – I love them!

  13. April 16, 2009 4:02 am

    Hindustan Ambassador, manufactured very near where I live (Hindmotor, West Bengal). Ancient cars, now almost defunct, but still the most common car on the roads in Calcutta. My family owns one, bought 1972, and still works fine. They are easy to maintain, very hardy, and very comfortable and spacious. Once you get used to an ambassador, it is difficult to like anything else. The government still uses them, because of the comfort factor, and for the fact that not too many Indian cars can stand up to the kind of armor plating and bullet proofing that they need to do. A new model of the car is out, but looks too funny to buy. Even on the older models they had upgraded the engine and interiors majorly. The ambassador is on it’s way out in the rest of the country, but something tells me we are going to have this car in West Bengal for a very very long time. I think this is our longest lasting symbol from the old command economy days.

  14. poupee97 permalink
    April 16, 2009 2:23 am

    Owned by the well-to-do!? No fears! This car is the grandfather of all Indian cars – it has been around for about a hundred years and it hasn’t changed one bit. Way back in the ’70s, only the well-to-do had cars, so back then it was a status symbol, no doubt. Now, it is only the government and the taxi companies that would run this old dabba (box). I believe it is not so bad from a technology perspective, but they really need to do something about its aesthetic appeal – even the government is moving away from these contraptions now, and taxi companies long ago discovered the glam factor of Chevy Tavera, Toyota Innova and other such. As for the well-to-do – there’s Honda Accord, to start with, then Merc, BMW, Audi… The well to do wouldn’t be caught dead in an “Ambi”!

  15. April 15, 2009 11:03 pm

    Cute car.

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