Indian automobile industry has come a long way. Now, even in remote towns you might find BMWs, Audis & may be even a Ferrari. Its amazing to think that few decades back we had different set of machines ruling the streets. They were not as powerful as today’s cars yet they were a considered a status symbol in society.
Lets take a trip back in time and look at 10 cars that once ruled the Indian roads:
1. Hindustan Motors Ambassador
Lets start off the list with an all time classic. The car that could fit any number of people, go through absolutely anything and could run for years. The Hindustan Motors Ambassador was a true legend based on the British Morris Oxford which was also the first car that was “Made in India” After coming of cars from Japanese manufactures the grand old Ambassador lost its dominance and was finally discontinued.
2. Tata Sierra
The Tata Sierra was a one of a kind automobile when it was first launched in India. Powered by a 1.9 l engine, the Sierra had many firsts for cars in India such as adjustable steering, power windows, power steering the distinctive glass window for rear passengers. Some automobile enthusiasts have restored many Sierra’s in the recent past but the car is known to produce nagging issues.
3. Standard 2000
The Standard 2000 was a 2000 cc, 4 speed manual car that could hit a top speed of 145 km/hr. Even though the specs do not seem like much now, back in the day, this was a formidable machine on Indian roads. Didn’t look so bad either.
4. Maruti Gypsy
This is one car on the list that is still available for purchase. Extensively used by military personnel, Maruti Gypsy was loved by off-roaders and would go almost anywhere. It became popular with rally racers because of its ability to go off road. However, many people did complain about the poor fuel efficient and rear seating comfort. With so many off road vehicles available would you actually buy this today?
5. Premier Padmini
Old-time car lovers will always remember this little car that once zipped through the Indian roads. Manufactured in India from 1973 to 1998, the Padmini was owned by many celebrities of the time including the one and only superstar Rajnikanth. From the mid 1980s as Maruti began to dominate the Indian market, the Padmini lost its appeal with the masses and was on a decline.