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Old 6th March 2008, 02:19   #31
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I was thinking about the most rarest of vehicle, gave two options and thought some, came up with one which is bound to be rare in India, in fact used to be rare here in UAE as well till about a year ago, but have been mushrooming around town recently - the HUMMER H1, of course it isnt easy maintainence, but it is rare.

Although there is also an alternative to the H1 for less than 1/10th the cost, the H1 Kits from Urban Gorilla. Pricing starts from US$ 5995 for the basic, excluding shipping (they ship internationally). The good thing about these kits are they are made to be sit on any pre-existing 4x4 or pick-up.

Check out this site for more info - Urban Gorilla 4x4 Bodies :: Home
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Rarest car in India?

Kia Rio
Kia Amanti
Kia Optima
Hyundai Azera
Hyundai Tiburon
Ford 500/Taurus
Ford Fusion
Ford Edge
Ford Mustang (new)
Dodge Charger
Dodge Avenger
Dodge Nitro
Pontiac G6
Pontiac G8
Pontiac Vibe
Chevy Cobalt
Chevy Avalanche
Chevy HHR
Chrysler Sebring
Chrysler Crossfire
Jaguar XKR
Landrover LR2
Infiniti FX
Infiniti G37
Infiniti M35
Acura RL
Acura TL
Acura TSX
Acura MDX
Acura TDX
Mazda 3
Mazda 5
Mazda 6
Mazda C9
Mazda C7

You got so many options...

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do these fit the other requirements?, spares and service?
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do these fit the other requirements?, spares and service?
Better than McLaren F1, Ferrari, Konseignangangnang etc. Except for Chrysler, all other companies or their parent companies are present in India.
Hyundai, GM, Ford, Honda et. al are here and in future we will have Jag/LR.
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What about BMW 1 series?I dont know whether it is easy to maintian or not ,i hope it is rare here in India.
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Thumbs up rare but not cheap

Most of the cars mentioned here are certainly rare in India, but not cheap / easy to maintain, except perhaps, a few mentioned by Mayavi. However, the import duties for those will be high, which beats the purpose of keeping costs low.

I'd recommend Taarzan. It's rare - one of a kind - and you can always get it serviced by DC. I read somewhere that it's based on a Cielo, so it'll probably give decent mileage compared to other exotics.

ps. Will also save lives once in a while.
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Everyone has forgotten the nice premium hatches.
How about a Fiat 500 or Bravo?
They are exclusive and the only one of each on Indian roads. That too, these are the test drive ones driving around India with the Ferrari 612s.
And since Fiat is planning to get them to India, the maintenance will be pretty acceptable as well
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One question to address is:
How rare does your friend, need to be?

The Indian government prohibits importing cars
  1. that are left-hand-drive.
  2. that are over three years old.
One to three year old, right-hand-drive cars are (unfortunately) not so rare in India, anymore !

Over the years, nearly every kind of car is available in India.

I remember Bhushan mentioning that he picked his blue Audi TT,
because it shared mechanicals with a car already available in India -- the Skoda Octavia RS turbo
The presence of Indian service stations and parts availability in India,
was an important consideration for him.

It could be reasonably rare, to get an original RHD convertible or station wagon version of some D-segment car commonly available in India.
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In that case here are some options:

Toyota 4JRunner: I bet none in India owns one.Awesome powerful beauty in two tone colors. landing price in India: $50 - $65K

The entire range of Jeep: Wrangler, Cherokee, Liberty. All very masculine. You don't get to see any on Indian roads

The SUVs n MUVs in the Dodge range. Raw power with that grumbling sound that anyone would die for.

The Mazda CX 8 series and the R6 series. All very nicely priced and not to be seen in India.
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Toyota 4JRunner: I bet none in India owns one.
You got us there gauravdgr8, genau!
We've seen Toyota 4Runners, but not a single Toyota 4JRunner to date.
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what about the Cadillac Escalade?? It will surely get heads turning with its amazing on-road presence...not sure about the maintainence though
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You got us there gauravdgr8, genau!
We've seen Toyota 4Runners, but not a single Toyota 4JRunner to date.
The 4Runner is a Toyota Landcruiser Prado for all the markets outside the U.S. It is identical in almost every way to the prado except for subtle differences in the styling. So, if you've seen a Prado you've seen a 4Runner.
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and the new GTR is just GTR and no SKYLINE..

aparrently nissan wants to retain the SKYLINE moniker only for the sedate sedans and not for this car autopsyche
Dude..... "sedate"....and your referring to the R32, R33 and R34 Skylines? They gave Italian exotics a run for their money while running stock. Its the most iconic car Japan has ever produced, beats its own stablemate...the Datsun 'Z' cars in that respect.

Nissan should have retained the Skyline moniker for the GTR, its a spiritual successor to the icon. If a skyline is 'sedate', then the Mitsubishi EVO and Subaru Impreza Sti are Tonka toys.
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Guys ,thanx a million for the updates and flowing inputs.I am going to give him 2 or 3 options from the list which mayavi posted.Lets see which one he finalises .Will update soon.
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You got us there gauravdgr8, genau!
We've seen Toyota 4Runners, but not a single Toyota 4JRunner to date.
You probably mean Toyota FJ Cruiser, its styled to look like a Mark 1 Land Cruiser and has the two tone paint job.
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