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Old 14th March 2014, 12:28   #46
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Reading your travelogue brings many memories of my trips in south India between1995 and 2005 with my 1962 Fiat superselect with my family. The car is still in very good condition. Will post a few pictures soon. Your car looks very nice and well maintained. Planning to buy another Fiat premier padmini in Cochin by the end of this month.I would require some help from you in cochin to maintain it.
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Old 14th March 2014, 15:20   #47
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Very nice - both the trip and your travelogue. I suspect BHPians can be divided into two - one group who will ask what a Premier Padmini is and the other who will wax eloquently and nostalgically about the days when it ruled the Indian roads. I belong to the latter category, so your post appealed all the more.

I wonder how Team-BHP would have been if it had existed in those days - Car option - Ambassador or Premier, Car reviews - Ambassador or Premier, Road reports - road bumpy, but single lane is hard to drive on, Travelogues - car stalled at 100 km mark; steam from the radiator at the 200 km mark, and so on. But one thing would have been the same - the adventure of driving. That never changes.

Perhaps in 30 years, somebody will write a travelogue on To Bangalore in a 2014 All New Honda City - Who knows !
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I am Mehul H Kuruwa, from Tiruppur, Tamil Nadu. This thread is all about my passion for Fiat1100D or the so called Premier Padmini.

It all started with a scale model of Premier President car by Maxwell in childhood. It was taxi car model then. As I grew the toy car left a impression on mind that car means the toy I have and my relatives had all around ( the fiat). There were ambassadors then also, but they did not attract me much as this toy car and real fiat cars did.

Later after completing my collage, finally a day came in 2003 when Premier Padmini became a member of my family. It was a 1986 standard Padmini from kottayam, bearing registration KRO.

After much bargain me and my dad took delivery of the car from the owner and went to near by petrol pump to fill petrol and remove the LPG cylinder previous owner was using. We filled in petrol and the ex owner took the LPG cylinder from dicky and we switched to petrol. But the car hesitated to start. Finally the ex owner came with a mechanic, and found the glass petrol filter was choked and he routed a direct tube to the carburetor and the car started. It was just a starting of a new problems on the way to perfection.
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