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Old 22nd May 2014, 15:37   #736
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this Austin was apparently used in Tamil films in the 1960s, does anyone have a screenshot of that? the registration number at the time was BRN 226.
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enjoy the street scenes of Aamchi Mumbai of the '70s with empty wide roads and Premier President and Padmini Taxis !

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I remember having watched this movie years ago! Glad to have found it again, on youtube!
Actually many of the taxis are Fiat 1100D, including the lead actor Amol Palekar "Hero"'s ride!
Harit had shared this still earlier as well

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A nice video documentary of Bombay in 1968, with loads of cars from that time seen, primarily of course Fiat 1100s (especially taxis)...was particularly delighted to see a red mk1 Standard Herald (just like mine!) in this:

Also a brief shot from the Mahindra factory. Any idea what car that red LHD convertible(?) is btw?



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[quote=Stanher;3437540]I remember having watched this movie years ago! Glad to have found it again, on youtube!
Actually many of the taxis are Fiat 1100D, including the lead actor Amol Palekar "Hero"'s ride!
Though a few Presidents and even early Padminis (which is what I suspect the red and black Fiat is) can also be seen, besides a few other cars as

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Great to read your post .
This movie viz Taxi Taxie was not one of Amol's better known movies.So havnt seen it.
AFAIR there were hardly any 1100 diesels in the mid 1970s.That is when the movie was released. Curious to know whether my memory is playing tricks
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AFAIR there were hardly any 1100 diesels in the mid 1970s.That is when the movie was released. Curious to know whether my memory is playing tricks Regards
Sir, 1100D was NOT a Diesel ever, if thats what you refer to. The 'D' in 1100D stood for Delight.

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Sir, 1100D was NOT a Diesel ever, if thats what you refer to. The 'D' in 1100D stood for Delight.
Yes! The "D" implies "Delight"! Never a Diesel. I went to a so called "expert" mechanic in Poona, to have a look at a W111. Dieselized. OM616. VIP Number. Rusted floor. Well...Well....Awful..!

I happened to mention that I have a Fiat 1100D. That guy was like ..... "Is it a Diesel"?

I sighed. So called expertise. So much for it.

That said, the Fiats never came with an oil burner until the Nineties'. The Premier 137D was the first oil burner Fiat.

The engine was originally a VW unit. Redesigned by an Austrian Firm, AVL. This motor was mated with a Nissan 'box.

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The engine was originally a VW unit. Redesigned by an Austrian Firm, AVL. This motor was mated with a Nissan 'box.
You mean the 137D engine?? I remember reading in a mag that twas actually developed by an Italian firm FNM on an existing Fiat 1500 engine? Anyways, the gurus can confirm.
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You mean the 137D engine?? I remember reading in a mag that twas actually developed by an Italian firm FNM on an existing Fiat 1500 engine? Anyways, the gurus can confirm.
True, this engine has nothing to do with AVL of Austria. It was a FNM, Italy engine . The tools and dies, jigs to make it at Kurla were bought by PAL. I still have the road tests of the 137 D in Indian Auto Journal and Auto India.
Other details I will be posting after going through the old magazines.
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You mean the 137D engine?? I remember reading in a mag that twas actually developed by an Italian firm FNM on an existing Fiat 1500 engine? Anyways, the gurus can confirm.
Yes. I am surely referring to the 137D.

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True, this engine has nothing to do with AVL of Austria. It was a FNM, Italy engine . The tools and dies, jigs to make it at Kurla were bought by PAL. I still have the road tests of the 137 D in Indian Auto Journal and Auto India.
Other details I will be posting after going through the old magazines.
About FNM maybe. I could'nt quite recall the name of the firm.

But, Stanher, the Fiat 1500 NEVER came with a Diesel. I'm quite certain about the VW bit. I recall reading about it somewhere.

But, memory can surely fade....! I spend more time fiddling with physics nowadays. Perhaps I could be corrected.

But, as I said, I'm quite sure about what I said.

P.S: Why was the Padmini called the 137D, and the 118NE the 1.38D? Why the extra point?

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Yes. I am surely referring to the 137D.



About FNM maybe. I could'nt quite recall the name of the firm.

But, Stanher, the Fiat 1500 NEVER came with a Diesel. I'm quite certain about the VW bit. I recall reading about it somewhere.

But, memory can surely fade....! I spend more time fiddling with physics nowadays. Perhaps I could be corrected.

But, as I said, I'm quite sure about what I said.

P.S: Why was the Padmini called the 137D, and the 118NE the 1.38D? Why the extra point?

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Why not give Dhabar senior a call, he was the one behind all this.

AVL Australia were behind the petrol unit and also involved in that redesigned fiat that never saw the light. AVL Australia were also contracted by Royal Enfield.
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Maestro Bappi Lahiri's Mazda not fully seen.

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The gold pendants are yet to take birth in this picture. Remember reading a film magazine which reported that he bumped into Jaani Raj Kumar, at a philmi party.

Raj Kumar in his usual best, quipped to Bappiji : "Jaani yeh itne sare sone ke haar hain. Isme sirf ek mangalsutra ki kami hain."

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He owns a BMW 7 Series now though.

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Today is Raj Kapoor's death anniversary ! He drove an Ambassador to work himself !

Other movie stars share their Ambassador story:

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The erstwhile king of Indian cars, our very own Ambassador, stops production of the car that has been on Indian roads since 1948. The car that took its inspiration from the Morris Oxford III, built in the United Kingdom, was first gifted by Hindustan Motors to our first Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. It was a car which underwent minimal design changes from its original and at one point in time, was ranked the best taxi in the world by a British automobile television series. Many of us have learnt to drive on the rock-solid Ambassador as we were often told by our parents, 'If you can drive an Ambassador, you can drive any car.'

Well, having learnt my driving on it, I could vouch for that, though of course in today's automated times, our kids, may never get to see what a side gear is and how much effort it would take to change gears in such cars. For the longest time there were only two options, either you could buy the smart Fiat or the royal Ambassador. The USP of the Ambassador was that it was spacious, comfortable and, of course, a mark of being wealthy. A few days back, the Ambassador rolled out its last piece and we decided to talk to some of our celebrities who were proud owners of the good old Ambassador.

Javed Akhtar

My first car was a second-hand Ambassador in the early 70s. I loved the idea of owning a car and it was the biggest fantasy for me, so booking the car only was big thing fr me. And the day I brought the car was a big event. It had cost me `13,500. After I bought it I was left with absolutely no money so much so that Mrs Salim Khan contributed Rs 50 for the petrol. Since I did not know how to drive, Salim (Khan) drove me home. And I learnt to drive on the Ambassador. It was black in colour but I got it painted white as I preferred white those days. I know a lot of people are in love with their Ambassador essentially because it was a tough car, very high and spacious. Owning an imported car was a rarity in those days.

Jeetendra l

At the peak of his career in the 80s, Jeetendra stayed a lot down South as he would shoot many of his films there. The Ambassador car being extremely popular in Chennai, the actor owned a white Ambassador. Jeetendra talking to us said, "I had purchased it for `18,000 and given it to my driver Senu who used it as a taxi and would keep the car with him all the time. Actually, it was his car as I had bought it for him. He would pick me up from the airport, take me for shoots and later on after the completion of the shoot, drop me to the airport and bill the producer. Then he would use the same car, like a taxi. Three of my staff members — my make-up man, my assistant and my spot boy would sit behind and I would sit in the front. It was the same team for several years. I used the same car for four to five years, it was quite sturdy. Those days, there was not much choice and it had to be either a Fiat or an Ambassador." His son Tusshar remembers driving in the Ambassador whenever he visited his dad in Chennai. And a couple of years back, the young actor was surprised to see an Ambassador while shooting for a Rajshri film. Talking to us he said, "I saw Soorajji (Barjatya) come with his dad in an Ambassador which I found very surprising because the model is rarely seen these days."

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I was a proud owner of a green colour Ambassador car. It was my very first car and I bought it second-hand in 1968 for `19,000. I really took care of it and maintained it well for about 10 to 12 years, but gradually its condition deteriorated. I learnt my driving on the Ambassador. I loved it because it was very spacious, luxurious, comfortable and economical. I also loved its shape. I had an air conditioner installed in it. I found it very prestigious to own it because all the bureaucrats and government officials would use the laal batti Ambassador. My Ambassador was always kept in Chennai because I spent a lot of time there. I used to drive down to my dance class in it. My mother also owned one here in Mumbai. However, my father felt my car was occupying a lot of space and he decided to dispose it off. I felt very sad when that happened. I was so much in love with it that I kept looking at it without blinking when it was being taken to be sold off. I wished I had a farm where I could have preserved it forever just like a monument.

Talat Aziz

My dad owned a beige white Ambassador in Hyderabad and I would drive it very often. In fact, I learnt driving on it. I would also race with it with my friends and have driven all over the country in an Ambassador. I would quite often drive from Hyderabad to Bhopal. I loved it because of its sturdiness and space and was hoping that we would continue with the modernised version but I guess we have to move on.


i'll search out a few more !

Amitabh Bachchan in a Ambassador Mark I in 'Bombay to Goa'


an car chase action sequence in 'Benaam' with a Chevy and an Amby driven by AB!
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Raj's brother , Shammi Kapoor loved American cars too !
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Immortal Song !

but which bike is this ?
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VOLVO 120 SERIES AMAZON 123GT !
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