Throwback Thursday: Famous Cars That Once Ruled The Indian Roads!

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Old is gold and it will always remain so. History of automobiles in India is outstanding. The foundation stays so firm and rich that today we see that it has come a long way. Finding a BMW, Jaguar, Audi or even Ferrari on road is a usual eye catcher these days. Earlier, owning a Maruti 800 was of great value. The 90s indeed had some remarkable machines that are missing the Indian roads in the present era. Let’s take a journey back to see some of the famous cars that left a deep impression on us.

Maruti 800

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Manufactured by Maruti Suzuki in India between 1983 and 2014, Maruti 800 was a small city car. It stands to be one of the most successful and influential car to have hit the Indian automobile market.

Hindustan Motors Contessa

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Manufactured by the Hindustan Motors of India from 1984 to 2002, Contessa or lovingly called Conty by car lovers was a luxurious piece. It was a choice of vehicle by the rich and government officials, mainly because of its comfort and AC. Market study proves that if the company brings back the Contessa with a powerful engine and modern features, the buyers are all set to accept it.

Premier Padmini

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Rajnikanth owned one! Isn’t that enough to tell how famous this car was. Manufactured in India from 1973 to 1998 by the Premier Automobiles Limited, Padmini was enjoyed by the celebrities of the period. Old time car lovers praised this outstanding machine because of its handling and prestige.

 

Maruti Gypsy

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Introduced in Indian market in the year 1985, Maruti Gypsy is now mostly used by the military personnel and off-roaders. This machine can take you anywhere. It was well appreciated and became popular among the rally racers as Gypsy was made keeping the rough unprepared roads in mind. Though many did complain about its poor fuel efficiency and rear seating comfort, but it stands to be one of the cars on this list that is available for purchase.

Hindustan Motors Ambassador

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King of the Indian Roads was the name given to the all time classic Ambassador car. Manufactured by the Hindustan Motors of India from 1958 to 2014, this machine could run for years and go through absolutely anything. Talking about its sitting capacity, this car was quite spacious and could fit in any number of people. Known to be a true legend, Ambassador was the car with the tag ‘Made In India’.

Tata Sierra

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Coming with a adjustable steering, power windows, power steering and various other distinctive features, the Tata Sierra was the first automobile that was designed and produced in India. The production of this machine initiated from the year 1991 to 2000.

Maruti Esteem

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Maruti car lovers calls it a Legend. Undoubtedly, this machine had unique features and was one of its kind. Giving a tough competition to other sedan cars, Maruti Esteem ran without any reliability issues. Though later on, as more international auto manufacturers entered the Indian market, Esteem lost its popularity and was discontinued.

Standard Indian Automobile

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Standard gives you a nostalgic feeling if you owned one. It was good and efficient. Produced by the Standard Motor Products in India from 1949 to 1988. Standard entered the market with the versions of Standard Eight and Standard Ten, followed by Pennant in 1959 then having its growth with the Heralds and Gazels. The company was dissolved in the year 2006.

With this, our journey also comes to an end. Taking a look at these iconic cars of the past and we are sure you must have made a picture of some of these cars that you might have seen on road or owned. Which one did you like and if launched again, which one would you buy?

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Tony Thomas
Live to learn and learning has no end. That’s what I believe and each day we have numerous opportunities to correct our mistakes and bring out the best in us.

1 COMMENT

  1. Nice Blog….. Whatever new cars come on the road the comfort nd Safety that old cars use to give new cant…..
    Anywaz all the best 😀🙈

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