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Old 23rd November 2007, 19:17   #1
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Exclamation Maruti Suzuki SS80 DX

I am starting a new thread for the first real JAPANESE car in INDIA -the SS80 and SS80DX-
as all of you may remember the first lot of Maruthi'800's came with everything imported from SUZUKI japan except for the Battery and tyres.
even the paint was JAPANESE-really!!
The Deluxe(DX) version was launched as a premium car in those days and was available only on FOREIGN EXCHANGE(NRI) payments.(correct me If I am wrong)
the differences from the "STANDARD " model being - Tinted glass(suzuki temperlite) ,NIPPON DENSO A/C,
Maruti Clarion radio with Clarion HIFI speakers and external antenna on right A pillar,
Digital clock(green digits) on the dashboard(centraly located), BEIGE colour STANLEY leather seat covers.
velevety Floor carpet+ rubber mats with suzuki logo.
it cost about Rs.30000 more than the base version


MaruthiSS80 DX- the best maruthi of all times
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Yup, they were of far higher quality than the later localised versions of the 800. Had one for 2 years...it was a blast to drive.

Search around the forum for Edmunds restoration project on the old 800. You will find that thread particularly interesting.
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Ah! The good old 800, about time someone started a thread to this legend which put india on wheels(after the ancient ambys and fiats).most of us learnt to drive in one, it was, and still is the first car for most people, and created a motoring revolution in india. has anybody noticed that the car is nearing its 25th birthday soon?but, Once the more modern cars arrived, the ss80 which was once the 'aspirational' car for most indians was sidelined. But now slowly, they seem to be making their reappearance slowly!
Edmund's car is proof for the renewed interest to there little beauties.
guys, pls come forward with your stories and experiences about this little car!
p.s: Ajay, u forgot one difference between the deluxe and standard. The deluxe model had 3 point seatbelts.K

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Yes, it was a great car indeed. I learnt driving on the SS80 which my dad bought in 1985. Was an amazing car, the quality is unmatched even in todays M800s
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it created such a buzz when it came on roads for 54,000 Rs. those good old days....!. and Maruti became such a household name !!
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The best one i have seen.

(Picture from Edmund's car gallery)
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Mauthi Suzuki SS80 DX
Didn't anyone notice the error in thread title? MODS, please correct it.

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hicrazy driver,
I disagree with that statement.
this metallic blue colour ss80 lacks ORIGINALITY in all respects
1.not the original clolour.
2. park lights changed
3.headlights changed
4.Bonnet release button assembly removed in toto
and i can go on ......
I dont understand how you made that statement.
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Ajay! relax buddy! He was looking at the 'pimped' aspect of the car. There are two sides to a classic na? the originilaty style and the hot rod style. This one qualifies for the latter i think!

Car looks HOT!, even though its not original and all..
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That is beautiful! What would the price for one that is well-maintained, all-original and low-mileage?
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complete originality is not the concern here .that car is drivable looks decent-can take it to a marriage feeling.no odd mods done.and maybe all the lights are functioning looks so.
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((((complete originality is not the concern here .that car is drivable looks decent-can take it to a marriage feeling.no odd mods done.and maybe all the lights are functioning looks so ram)))))

FULL originality is the GENUINE Concern ,,that is why this thread was started in VINTAGE& CLASSIC Section.
there are lot of driveable /decent SS80's on road but very few CONCOURS style cars. HYUNDAI guys may not be aware of SS80 originality as they came abut 16 years late to INDIA!!!!!!!!!!!
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FULL originality is the GENUINE Concern ,,that is why this thread was started in VINTAGE& CLASSIC Section.
oh! Sorry then if my post was inappropriate.
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HYUNDAI guys may not be aware of SS80 originality as they came abut 16 years late to INDIA!!!!!!!!!!!
Since this is a public forum, he can express his share of opinion. And as such, you haven't mentioned in the first post about 'ORIGINALITY'. Why the need for such an answer to his post?

Please ask any of the MODS to do edit the first post, if 'ORIGINALITY' is the prime concern.
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((((complete originality is not the concern here .that car is drivable looks decent-can take it to a marriage feeling.no odd mods done.and maybe all the lights are functioning looks so ram)))))

FULL originality is the GENUINE Concern ,,that is why this thread was started in VINTAGE& CLASSIC Section.
there are lot of driveable /decent SS80's on road but very few CONCOURS style cars. HYUNDAI guys may not be aware of SS80 originality as they came abut 16 years late to INDIA!!!!!!!!!!!
ajay99: I beg to differ here. I am of the opinion that the SS80 cannot be called a recent classic even. Hence the very existence of this post in this section is questionable. The guidelines from the VCCCI are available in the linky below and that would give you an insight into which vehicles could be called classics and which one's Vintage.

Vintage and Classic Car Club of India - Membership & Privileges
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Suren, I never intended/stated that SS80 is a classic .Moreover I am fully aware about the VCCCI criterion as well as FIVA criterion(international) on classics etc.
This may not be a classic today ,but remember SS80 stopped production 22years ago, and the way things are going it is on the way to be a sought after car.
for your info a single owner 1985 maruti SS80 standard model in mint condition(mileage 40000km) was sold recently for Rs.60000/- unbelievable!!! isn it? but it goes to show that shrewd car afficionados have started looking at this car seriously.
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ajay99 this is a fabulous community. Noone is going to understand your enthusiasm or love for cars or the SS80 in particular more than the people here. Most Newbies generally tend to get overexcited and come on board deciding they know more than others here and try to prove it in their first few posts. But you would be surprised at the knowledge of some of the guys here. Once you figure that out you'll come back down to earth. Seriously dont go off on people and sound hostile. Its not some battle of the wits. We know you love the SS80 and have immense knowledge on it. Share it with everyone and enjoy. At the same time treat people here like family and become a part of this board and one amongst us.

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