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Old 27th December 2008, 18:02   #121
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INDIA'S NATIONAL CAR
I quote from the Autocar Sept '07 anniversary issue (60 years of Cars in India) Chapter 4, page 14,entitled "India's National Car"
" The tiger is the national animal of India. The national bird - peacock. And lotus, the national flower. But what is the national car of India? Most people would name the Ambassador."
" The unofficial national car of India is more than just a motoring icon. it is the car that has defined and dominated the indian landscape for the past 50 years.This all-purpose car has played many roles- from a taxi to a family car, from a VIP car to the Prime Minister's vehicle."
"In 1948, the company decided to transfer production to Uttarpara in West Bengal. this was the birthplace of the car that would become a cultural icon of its age."
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Old 28th December 2008, 09:24   #122
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Spotted this nice MK1 a few days back. The car is still in daily use! But thealloys look out of place though!
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Nice image JayD but the alloys are not cool with the classic lines.Here's one that I sighted in Hyderabad near the Nizam Institute of Medical Sciences.Its an old Mark II.
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Spotted this nice MK1 a few days back. The car is still in daily use! But thealloys look out of place though!
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Nice image JayD but the alloys are not cool with the classic lines.Here's one that I sighted in Hyderabad near the Nizam Institute of Medical Sciences.Its an old Mark II.
Yup, the mk1 sure could be easily brought back to concours with the pig-ugly alloys replaced with the original rims- wonder why those were fitted in the first place! The old rims surely dont bend inwards on bumps, unlike those on M800s, Indicas!

Nice to see the hyderabadi mk2! Incidentally, I just remembered- I see a rather tired looking mk1 in a dirty white colour on the same road, just a little ahead of NIMS. It has one rear tail-light lens missing. 'never got to stop and take it's pics. even though I've passed by there often!

'will do so sometime.
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Some more Ambassadors
The Hon'ble Speaker Lok Sabha, Shri Somnath Chatterjee near his Ambassador -wanting to get in but engrossed in discussions with a journalist
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An Ambassador taxi in Delhi at the Domestic Terminal, Delhi Airport
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An Indian Army Ambassador sighted in on a Hyderabad road
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And that's the Landmaster (1955) in the company of brand new Fords of today
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Old 30th December 2008, 20:32   #126
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An Ambassador with a diplomatic number plate at the IGI International Airport, New Delhi
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Ambassador taxi/s in Kolkata
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Netaji Subhas Airport, Kolkata -here the windscreen view shows more Ambassadors ahead
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Old 3rd January 2009, 18:17   #127
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This Ambassador belongs to my friend who lives in Surrey, UK.He is Spares Secretary of the Morris Cowley, Oxford and Issis Owners Club, Oxford , UK. I have just received his email with these two pictures of his just restored Ambassador, which he and his wife have named as Sachin after Sachin Tendulkar.Incidentally the couple is an avid cricket fan and were too impressed by Sachin's batting in the last India-England matches.
Note the Morris logos on the bonnet and on the hubcaps too.Also note the original taillights and the plasticky dashboard of the Ambassador. They had been restoring this car since the past few months and had recently got some taxi pictures from India mailed by me, to adapt a colour scheme.My friend has himself restored the car and was lately talking about the winter chill and how they had used the heater to warm up their workshop and spray paint the car.The car is ready for their annual Ministry of Transport (MOT) test that every five year plus old in the U.K. has to take every year.
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Old 7th January 2009, 12:22   #128
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Amby lovers,
Can anyone help we source the fender mirrors for my amby. I need a pair.
Thank you guys.
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here is a picture from an album.
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Where in bombay was that picture taken?? Lovely Super Select there in the lineup!
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Where in bombay was that picture taken?? Lovely Super Select there in the lineup!
no idea, where from the picture is.
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Old 26th January 2009, 11:25   #132
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This thread deserves JayD's new aquisition - a 61 model Ambassador Mark-1. Am sure no one can point me a better one of that age! So damn original and highly pampered! Has done only 13k kms till date!!!!!!!!!
Maaaaaaaan.... its body shape and current shape just blew me away!

JayD.. post it man!

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excellent thread. does anyone have any pictures of the interiors of the new dashboards, good close up shots of the avigo, grand etc ? would love to see what they look like now. thanks.
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Old 31st January 2009, 20:17   #134
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We have seen hale and hearty Ambassadors all through in this thread. For a change here's a bashed up Amby taxi in Kolkata.
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Some pics of an Ambassador. I am not too sure which model it was. Had to take a snap eventhough I was driving fro I liked the side trims which were immaculate to say the least and I liked the rear Bumper guards too.
Suren this appears to be the same car that made an appearance at your recent Hyderabad rally, am I right?
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