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Premier Padmini 285 55.56%
Hindustan Ambassador 228 44.44%
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Old 4th July 2012, 02:37   #181
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Premier Padmini - the original FIAT cars of India. It had the speed and handling to die for. It would zip away and more than anything else it was the car on which I learned driving
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Premier Padmini without a doubt. First car for my family and the one in which my dad learnt driving and i banged my head on the dash. No matter the niggles i had with it but it had the best memories of my childhood.
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The Ambassador. Driving pleasure (hic) would almost be similar in both these cars, but the Amby offers so much more space, I could set up my home in it.

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Premier Padmini without Doubt , It was more pleasurable to drive and sound of engine revving up or when i put third gear , it was magic ... I used to take it to college !! and best part was I learnt driving in Fiat 1100D 1962 Model , which was with us till 1998 ...drive on the nostalgia
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Undoubtedly the Ambassador. The original Indian white elephant. Had 3 pieces on the family Mark II, III and IV. It was a gem in those days. With a tank like built it commanded quite a road presence, gave the SUV's of yesteryear a run for their money.

The best rear sofa even till today.
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ambassdor, big, royal & comfy ride, like the slow running elephant.
Yes Dear, Any time I will vote for Amby. We had about 5 of them till my dad expired in 1994. It is sad we have none of them at present. Rear seat was like a sofa in living room.The mechanicals were simple but needed to be attended too often unlike cars of today.
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Ambassador, any day for me for its comfort and looks. It still looks classic to me, it has its own style & charm. I will still love to ride in it, only with driver though

Padmini is also good, but don't have that look which Ambassador has. For personal user i guess Padmini is best suited.
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Aaahhh !!! Old memories. The Premier Padmini with that gear on the steering wheel. I still miss driving style it offered. Cant forget the drag races we used to have with our lovely FIATs almost pulling the gearknob off the hook. Miss those days and those tough cats we owned and ripped but they always stood loyal.

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Amby, for the comfort, the space and the vintage looks. Never could sit comfortably in a padmini; not enough headroom. Perhaps the floor-shift model with the bucket seats would've been more comfortable.
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Even as a kid, I felt that the Amby looked like an old car, and the Premiere Padmini felt like a new one.
Also, I felt those days that the Premier Padmini was easier to drive as the gear lever was actually in the line of sight when looking forward.

And actually having driven the Premier Padmini now, I somehow feel that the Amby never comes into my mind. Voted for the PP.
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Space: Check
Comfort: Check
Boot space: Are you joking? Check
Availability of spares: Check
Road presence: Check
Ground clearance: Check
Power: Check( post mark 4 models- esp isuzu engines)

It definitely has to be amby.
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I suppose the poll is about which car we would choose to Drive among the two. This definitely has to be the premier padmini. One of my uncles lent me his 1958 PP and I was amazed at how the car still rides after close to 50 years. The speedo had a red coloured tape that used to move horizontally from left to right and the readings were in Miles. Simply awesome.

However if the poll was about which car would you choose as a passenger then my vote goes to the Amby. Hands down. Even with newer cars sporting much better suspensions, I find the Amby's rear seat to be the most comfortable.
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My vote to Ambassador for it's better road presence, heavy built and unparalleled rear seat comfort. Full marks. I wish call cabs had Ambassador as well in their fleet, I would opt for it instead of Indica.
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Just voted for "Premier Padmini" - Dad / family's first car, a 1989 petrol Premier Padmini and still running like a charm here in Chennai.

Have no plans to let go off it in my life time (just wish I continue to have access to all the spares that are required and my super mechanic "Sukumar" who has always been there to keep it running the way it is until today)!
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For me it has to be the Ambassador. I remember travelling a lot in the Amby when i was a kid as most the relatives we used to visit had it. I think it still has the most comfortable rear seat when compared to the present gen hatches.
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