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Hindustan Ambassador

The Ambassador

The Hindustan Ambassador or ‘Ambi’ as it’s known in India was the first car to be manufactured in India and has been ruling the roads over there since its inception in 1948.

Based on an early Morris Oxford, the Ambassador is still equipped with drum brakes and still has no power steering and no air conditioning. The models we use are equipped with a 1500cc diesel producing a whopping 37hp. It is a tough beast and ideally suited to Indian roads.

For those familiar with classic cars you will, no doubt, be delighted at the opportunity to drive a real British classic. For those of you not familiar you ought to bear in mind that, even though the cars we use are not that old, they feel and respond like an old classic car and as such require different driving techniques than that of a modern car in which you do little more than point and go. It is also fair to say that the standard of maintenance of these vehicles will not be as high as you are used to. Despite all the vehicles having a current transport certificate they may not be equipped with seatbelts, almost certainly they will not have a working handbrake and the tyre tread depth will be less than European requirements.

Ambassadors At The Kadavu

Created on Wednesday, November 12th, 2008 and was last updated on Monday, December 5th, 2016

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