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Old 7th July 2008, 02:10   #46
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No matter what, the vintage guys will beat all the feature dates to classic cars except the digital stuff. Wait until a certain Fiatwala joins the discussion.
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Old 10th July 2008, 01:17   #47
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Auto Transmission for general public was definitely first offered with the Daewoo Cielo...

Other firsts (I think) for the Cielo were :
1) Rear Window Defogger
2) Height Adjustable Drivers Seat (IIRC)
3) Fog Lights! Front and Rear.

Correct me if I am wrong, and I know you guys will
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Power stearing - contessa.
4x4- mahindra jeep
auto levelling- captiva.
paddle shift- civic
in dash refrigerator- astra
front reverse gear- sierra/cielo
reliability!- m 800.
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Old 10th July 2008, 10:04   #49
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first car to offer Synchromesh gearbox?
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Old 10th July 2008, 10:14   #50
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first car to offer Synchromesh gearbox?
I suppose this was Premier 118 NE, which had a Nissan gearbox If I am not wrong
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I suppose this was Premier 118 NE, which had a Nissan gearbox If I am not wrong
Think it was the Contessa Classic with the 1.8 ISUZU engine.

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Power stearing - contessa.
Must be the Standard 2000. Contessa was a late entrant in the Power steering game, only the last few years saw the 2.0 DLX model launched with the power steering (by which time, there was no market for the car anymore).

I guess that makes the 2.0 DLX a collector's item

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Old 13th July 2008, 00:42   #52
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Did the dolphin boast something- the first fibre glass bodied car maybe?
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Old 13th July 2008, 01:11   #53
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There was a Badal that had fiberglass body first.
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Old 13th July 2008, 01:30   #54
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Trax Gurkha, first indian UV with front and rear difflocks and a PTO in one package!
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I thought the first car to have an automatic transmission was the Zen Automatic?
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@Mpower - badal was a 3 wheeler, right?

@CalifKnight - IIRC ambys and padminis had syncros. @anarchist, don't these pre-date the 118NE? I definitely remember discussing with our drivers why they press the clutch twice on the buses, and only once on the cars. We had owned Mark II Amby and a padmini "safari". Both were sold more than two and half decades back.

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@morelfibre - hahaha. Saw that post only now.

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Old 15th July 2008, 22:50   #57
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sealed beam headlamps ?should be the marutis.
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sealed beam headlamps ?should be the marutis.
I guess so, some of the first gen 800s and maruti 'vans' (not omni) came with 'Satnley' sealed beams.
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I thought the first car to have an automatic transmission was the Zen Automatic?
Actually it was the 800 but it was not publically available. You had to submit proof of disability to buy an AT version of the 800!!

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@CalifKnight - IIRC ambys and padminis had syncros. @anarchist, don't these pre-date the 118NE? I definitely remember discussing with our drivers why they press the clutch twice on the buses, and only once on the cars. We had owned Mark II Amby and a padmini "safari". Both were sold more than two and half decades back.
Both the Fiat & the Amby did not have full-forward synchros on the 'boxes. First gear was non-synchro & at times could be a rather big pain in the *** as my father discovered multiple times! The mechanic had to be called on both occasions to fix it. I would think the 800 would be the first car with a full-forward synchro 'box.
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nice thread Akash...

First car to offer CRDI - its Mercedes
First car to offer remote boot release - ?
First car to offer Roof Mounted AC - Safari Limited Edition
First car to offer small refrigerator in boot - Safari Limited Edition
First car to offer pedal shift - ? I think Civic AT
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