Monday, July 18, 2011
India's 'King of the Road'
The Hindustan Ambassador is a car manufactured by Hindustan Motors of India. It has been in production since 1948 with few modifications or changes and is based on the Morris Oxford III model first made by the Morris Motor Company at Cowley, Oxford in the United Kingdom from 1946 to 1959.
Despite its British origins, the Ambassador is considered as the definitive Indian car and is fondly called "The king of Indian roads". In major cities their numbers are declining with the new cars on the road driven by the newly wealthy middle class. But it is the car that chugs along at a safe and steady pace and packs the entire family in. The Ambassador was the giant social leap in India from the bullock and bicycle. The automobile is manufactured by Hindustan Motors at its Uttarpara plant near Kolkata, West Bengal. It was the most popular car in India and is perceived to be best suited to the harsh Indian terrain due to its very good suspension. Its status was helped by the fact that it was the preferred means of conveyance of India's political leadership, including the Prime Minister of India, before they moved on to other luxury cars and SUVs. (This info cam from Wikipedia)
I loved seeing the cars choof around towns, carefully dodging cows and people, and it was a sad thing to see them lined up (see picture) getting dusty and being neglected.
Posted by Bev Malzard