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Old 14th January 2021, 13:53   #76
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These were some of the cars I dreamt of:

1. Mitsubishi Lancer
2. Tata Safari Dicor

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Old 14th January 2021, 14:07   #77
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1. Maruti Gypsy ~ 1991/1992
2. Tata Sierra ~ 1993/1994
3. Tata Safari ~ 1998/1999

Safari has lingered ever since.
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Old 14th January 2021, 15:08   #78
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When it comes to dreaming, we can definitely aspire for more than one dream car right .

My list was
1) Honda City 1.5 (The global 3rd generation) - The facelift with the 'crystal' headlights in a dark blue shade.
2) Mercedes Benz E-Class (W-124) -I still think that model looks amazing and absolutely oozes class
3) The Tata Sierra - It was an amazing looking SUV and far ahead of its time in my view.
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Old 14th January 2021, 18:54   #79
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From this crush comes my teambhp avatar (Looking back, my avatar is as old as my team-bhp account ),

W124

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And the other crushes over course of my school and college days:

Standard 2000 / Rover SD1

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Maruti Suzuki Gypsy

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Old 14th January 2021, 19:34   #80
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Esteem...

Esteeeem...

Esteeeeem....
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Old 14th January 2021, 19:44   #81
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As a Kid - it was the Contessa Classic
As a teen - it was the Sierra, Gypsy
As a young adult - it was the Cedia and the Safari

As an older adult now, it’s the Thar, that I am waiting for delivery. My Missus no longer wants to hear anything called ‘car’ from me anymore, although I certainly know she’s waiting to drive the Thar.
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Old 15th January 2021, 09:53   #82
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The first-gen Ford Endeavour but in black. Still in awe of how brute and butch it looks!

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Old 15th January 2021, 10:10   #83
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I have a list of cars I had serious crush on:

- Gypsy
- Safari
- Sumo

The best of all, the BMW E60 edition of 5 series. I feel that is the most beautiful design created for a car, just desirable when looked upon.
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Old 15th January 2021, 10:13   #84
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Standard 2000 and then the Contessa.

Growing up, I had a Leo Mattel model which was quite similar to the Standard 2000. While in school, the adjacent building had someone who owned one and we would gaze at that car constantly.
Dad's friend had a Contessa and looking at comfort, it was way ahead of it's peers. Of course, at that age, looks were everything, not what was under the hood or frame!!!
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Old 15th January 2021, 10:23   #85
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Here are some of my dream cars as a kid

1. Porsche 911 Slantnose
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2. Toyota MR2 SW20
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3. Lamborghini Diablo SL
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4. Tata Safari (Gen 1)
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Old 15th January 2021, 10:25   #86
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The first-gen Ford Endeavour but in black. Still in awe of how brute and butch it looks!
The same here but for purely entertaining reasons. This behemoth used to make me laugh. My Father's best friend had an adventure edition of the first gen Endeavour (don't be fooled by the word "adventure". This was a Rear Wheel Drive only edition ). I did put in a substantial amount of kilometres on it on various ocassions. The respect it commanded was on another level. He had swapped out the original horns with Ambassador horns and all one had to do was slowly creep up, give a light hoop and people would make way for the beast. Even the rude Chennai Auto-Rickshaws! The vehicle was very slow but the sound of the large turbo, the sheer length of the beast and the long throw gear lever made it absolutely hilarious and entertaining to drive. Gave one the feeling reminiscent of an old Contessa. Oh and before I forget, the rear was extremely tail happy and would step out of the line with slightly aggressive steering inputs. Surprisingly this long and not so tall truck never felt top heavy
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As a kid (and still) nothing was beautiful as this car is to me; wish Tata launches same car with at least Varicor 400 engine.

What do you all think? Ain't she beautiful?

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Me too. All your photos just rekindled the old memories. Still vividly remember the newspaper ads [with the Sierra sporting the old Telcoline T logo], reading 18 till I die. Also got goosebumps watching a youtube video featuring all TML SUVs that showed a mass/gangsta entry of the Sierra. However, the feeling was more than just crush. It was and is will be my first Automotive love.
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Old 15th January 2021, 10:28   #88
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Standard 2000

Contessa Classic.

Used to day dream about the Contessa and how i would customize it while day dreaming in class at school

Dragon on the front wheel arch spewing fire along the side of the car on both sides, a flaming skull on the hood...fun to be a kid
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Old 15th January 2021, 11:03   #89
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My ‘Crush’es :

1. Opel Astra

2. Tata Safari

3. Toyota Sera

4. Tata Sierra

5. The Thar

6. Mercedes GLS (equivalent of Scarlet Johanassen)

7. Mitsubishi Pajero ( old one)
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Old 15th January 2021, 11:27   #90
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The 1st car which really caught my eye in India was the Opel Astra. The car oozed class, especially in the navy blue colour.

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The next car which I yearned for was the E46 330CI BMW ZHP. The ZHP package was a 330i with upgraded cams, 235 HP, 6800 rpm redline, a body kit, retuned suspension, with stiffer springs, dampers, anti-roll bars, and control arms. In addition, it came with an underbody cross-brace in front, and wider, sticker tires. Only 3,000 of these cars were made.

Till this day, IMHO this is the best looking BMW. Was lucky enough to own this car for a good 5 years and tracked it as well. I still dream about the way this car handled and the feedback it gave. Never experienced the same raw emotion in other BMWs. Enthusiasts may argue that the E46 M3 handled better (will not contest that), but the ZHP was the right blend of performance and comfort. Still regret not being able to import it into India.

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