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Old 11th May 2011, 09:32   #31
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My Father's Cars.

1. 1967 Model Ambassador Mark 2. He bought this car in 1982. It was converted to diesel in 1992. The BMC diesel engine lifted from a new ambassador was fitted in to it. This car was sold in Dec 2005.

2. 1991 Model Ambassador Nova- He bought this in Dec 2005. This was fitted with a Matador diesel engine. We later fitted AC in this in 2000. This car was sold in 2001.

3. 2001 Model Maruti Zen Lx - Bought as brand new in July 2001. Sold in 2006.

4. June 2006 to Present - Ford Fiesta 1.4 Exi Petrol. Bought as brand new. Covered 80K Kms.

I will also list my Grand father's cars.

1. 1960 model standard Pennant. Don't know the year when he bought this.

2. 1977 - 2000 - 1972 model Ambassador Mark 2 bought in 1977. I learnt to drive in this car. This was converted to diesel in 2003. It was fitted with a matador diesel engine. The body shape was changed to look like a Nova. An AC was fitted in to this car in 1994. This car covered almost 2.5 Lakh KMs with us. The car was sold in March 2000.

3. 1996 - 2009 - Maruti 800 Dx AC. This car covered 80 K Kms

4. 2001 - 2008 - Maruti Esteem Lx - This car covered 97 K Kms

5. 2008 - Present - Ford Fiesta Exi Petrol. He replaced the esteem with this.

6. 2009 - Present - Maruti Alto Lxi. He replaced the Maruti 800 with this

My grand father still drives.
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Old 11th May 2011, 09:59   #32
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As far as my memory dates back -

84 - 89 - The only chain driven scooter (the other one that I can think off is the Vijay Super) a Yellow Lambretta.

89 - 99 - A Bajaj Priya - 3 geared scooter, the smallest on the offering at that time AFAIK. The first 2 wheeler that I laid my hands on.

99 - 09 - Maruti Swift.

11 onwards - Ford Figo.

Happy Motoring !!
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Old 11th May 2011, 12:54   #33
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I grew up in a household where normal cars where rare sightings and I was the only kid in school who's dad came to drop/pick up in something that was not a maruti/fiat. Why? Continue reading...

1) Willys LHD Petrol (Green) - sold 1987 - used for weekend camping etc - I used to spend all my freetime in and around this Jeep!

2) Morris Minor (Light Blue) - sold 1986 - first and last attempt at teaching my mom how to drive

3) White Fiat (Everyone had it) sold 1989 - to blend with the crowd and do boring errands

4) Ugly Brown Fiat (Replacement) sold in early 90s - Mom insisted we have something to depict normalcy

5) Humber Super Snipe 1946 - Sold in mid 90s - Picked up from a barn back of beyond and restored to mint condition - now in the Pranlal Bhogilal collection - went for awesome Sunday morning rides in that

6) Plymouth Station Wagon 1950 - Sold in late 90s - Picked from a relative in mint condition and did long roadtrips in the Summers where I was usually sent with a jerry can for filling up a overheating radiator in the middle of nowhere!

7) 1978 Land Rover Series III 109" Green - Sold in late 90s - Ex-ambulance and then converted to a family-cum-luggage-cum-sometimes-a-cow transporter . My favorite vehicle. Learned to drive on it. Still obsessed with 4-wheel drives thanks to the Landy

8) 1994 Tata Sierra (White) - Sold in 2005 - Best looking car on our roads let down by the engine. Still have some wonderful roadtrip memories!

9) Maruti 800 (Diesel- yes correct!) Transplanted with a Daihatsu 3-cyl 1.0 and boy what a vehicle. Seated 4, touched 120 kmph and returned 25+kmpl. My idea of utopia in college. And also all my friends . Sold stealthily by Dad when he stopped seeing me at home for weeks together

So as you all see, normalcy was a rare experience. Today when I look back at it and remember him, I think I experienced something awesome! A guy who loved his vehicles and to quote him: "I don't care how late you come at night, I want my car in the parking before I sleep". If I am a motorhead of sorts today, it all thanks to this "odd" childhood!


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Old 11th May 2011, 15:56   #34
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This is what I can remember of-
Dad drove many enfields, yezdy and rajdoot that were loaned by the organisations he worked with.
Got his first vehicle a scooter - Sky blue LML Vespa
Sold it and got a CD 100 SS and a TVS scooty
First car in family was a second hand Premier Padmini
All of above are now sold.
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This is a lovely thread to relish my old memories.
My dad had an Ambassador, Mark-II, 1972 Model,Petrol.
This was bought as a second hand car from the Pudukhottai Maharaj family.
Its just basic model, no A/C. no Music , no power steering etc. In fact it had a slot, provision to hand crank the engine in case of battery failure.
This car was my first learning car.
We sold this one in 1997 & bought the Maruti OmniE.
Thats it. Not many car.
On the Two wheeler, My dad owned the Vespa Scooter 150cc!
Photos will upload later......
Those were the good old days........
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Old 11th May 2011, 18:33   #36
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My dads cars, don't remember the dates but remember the cars very well:

1991 Maruti 800 DX. Purchased new when dad got married.
2 Contessas, one with the rectangular headlamps and one with the round ones.
1986 Standard 2000
1967 Merc Fintail
Maruti Esteem
Opel Astra
One jeep, don't remember which.
2001 Daewoo Matiz. Our next brand new car.
2004 Skoda vRS. Purchased on Dhanteras of 2006 in exchange of the Matiz. Loved that car.
2004 Opel Corsa Sail 1.6. Still have this car and its done less than 30000km in 7 years!!

In Dubai,
2007 Merc E200k Silver. Sold in 2008
2003 Merc ML 350 White. Sold in 2009
2008 C200k sold after 3 months. Reason, underpowered and small.
2005 VW Touareg V6 after almost 9 months of searching for a good full options example. Sold that in 2010.
December 2010, we buy a 2009 Merc ML350 Black. Still have this.
And we also have a 2007 VW Golf Plus 1.6 which we bought in 2008. This has served us when we haven't had a second car as it is primarily my mums car.
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