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Old 13th February 2019, 17:38   #1
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India's first Maruti 800, Mr. Harpal Singh's baby, is getting restored. More details awaited:

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India's first Maruti 800, Mr. Harpal Singh's baby, is getting restored.
This is such a wonderful news. The very first look in the restoration photo and I see the bumper lamps have been changed to the original full amber 'Tokaidensos'. The headlamp also looks like proper 'Stanley sealed beams'.

In the other snaps, where the car looked abandoned, the head and tail lamps seem to be with Indian ones.
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This is such a wonderful news. The very first look in the restoration photo and I see the bumper lamps have been changed to the original full amber 'Tokaidensos'. The headlamp also looks like proper 'Stanley sealed beams'.

In the other snaps, where the car looked abandoned, the head and tail lamps seem to be with Indian ones.
Its now owned by MSIL, and is being restored for keeping on display. Hence those original bits are not surprising.

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Its now owned by MSIL, and is being restored for keeping on display. Hence those original bits are not surprising.

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Great, thats how it should have been and even awesome, they DID take it back. Is it going to be in a museum or within MSIL itself?

So, those parts are still available within Maruti or some New Old Stocks lying around. I myself have checked with Stanley and Tokaidenso and have in writing, that they are not available. However I sourced some from a store in Osaka,
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Great, thats how it should have been and even awesome, they DID take it back. Is it going to be in a museum or within MSIL itself?

So, those parts are still available within Maruti or some New Old Stocks lying around. I myself have checked with Stanley and Tokaidenso and have in writing, that they are not available. However I sourced some from a store in Osaka,
They have access to parts all across the world, so finding a pair of Tokai Densos for their own pet project won't be a difficult task for MSIL.
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Some more pics of Mr. Harpal Singh's SS80:

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PS: Emblem positioning and the 800 emblem itself is wrong.

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Restoration looks clean but they messed up on the badges at the back.
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Some more pics of Mr. Harpal Singh's SS80:

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PS: Emblem positioning and the 800 emblem itself is wrong.
LeoShashi you're right about the 800 emblem being wrong and wrongly positioned. I think the ss80 got a bigger 800 emblem which was black and had silver boarders. Even the Maruti Suzuki Emblem is slightly off. I think for this particular car the 800 monogram on the front grill should be Red as the car originally had a red one. Another thing that Maruti Suzuki should include is the factory OK stickers on the glass of the rear doors to make this awesome project more complete The car has amazingly been restored nevertheless!

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Notice the Red 800 monogram

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The OK sticker that every car received once it left the factory!
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. I think for this particular car the 800 monogram on the front grill should be Red as the car originally had a red one.
Are you sure the Red 800 emblem on the grill was a genuine one and not done later? Because I am yet to see any other ss80 with those red emblems.

Some other original cars you can see here without the red emblems:

https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/india...ml#post3500023 (Maruti Suzuki SS80 DX)

https://www.team-bhp.com/forum/india...ml#post1462569 (Maruti Suzuki SS80 DX)

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Are you sure the Red 800 emblem on the grill was a genuine one and not done later? Because I am yet to see any other ss80 with those red emblems.
Yes Shashi. I'm pretty certain that the Red 800 emblem on the grill was a genuine one. Even I had the same question a few weeks ago. After much research I've concluded that the early ss80s that were produced from Dec 1983 to say some point in early 1984 had the Red 800 emblem

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This is another initial ss80 from late 1983 with the Red 800 emblem

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This is a 1984 ss80 which has the Red 800 emblem too!

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Thanks for sharing Leoshashi! This one surely deserves its own thread.
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Lovely news. This M800 has a special place in history considering it heralded a drastic new beginning in the automotive landscape in the country.

Maruti could/should have done this much sooner but glad they have done this. Hope this gives rise to an automotive museum culture in our country.
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