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#1 Jan 6th, 2006, 03:02
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Leaving India, one of the few things I'd missed was a trip in an Ambassador. Leaving Manjnu - ka -tilla on the way to the airport (having stored the enfield) I treated myself to a taxi. Imagine my surprise when it turned out to be the object of my dreams - resplendent in white no less. It was all I'd hoped for sumptuous and elegant to my mind and the driver was a top bloke (as usual). Only 300 for a long way (if you know the geography of Delhi), just one of a plethora of good things that happened, how I miss it sitting here in the Welsh Winter.
The Delhi hotel question got me reminiscing in a big way.
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Good old Amby...nothing comfy than the back seat.
...and I took the road less travelled.
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Originally Posted by rangss Good old Amby...nothing comfy than the back seat.
Yes indeed. I find the Ambassador's back seat to be much more comfortable than that of a Maruti Esteem.
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is this what you mean?

taken in the car park of the general secretariat building in chandigarh, home to these little white beauties it seemed.
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yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees. Best comfortable indian car.
"If you smile at me I will understand, because that is something everyone everywhere does in the same language"
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I read some where that there is a fleet of Amby taxis in London.
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I read some where that there is a fleet of Amby taxis in London
aren't they modelled on an old english car?
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1950s austin morris
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Originally Posted by jyotirmoy I read some where that there is a fleet of Amby taxis in London.
The fleet of the famed Ambassador Kars have been lovingly styled to Tobias's ethical principals of craftmanship and leave people wondering if they'd visited a new level of existence.
For more :-
http://www.viewlondon.co.uk/experien...tails_442.html
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I think I did visit a new level of existance on that beautiful warm night in Delhi. A perfect and succinct description friend.
Iwanttogoback thanks so much for the photo - Iwantogoback too.
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Fondly called Amby, this car is a proven mule on Indian roads. In spite of a smallish engine she has managed to ferry across millions across India thanks to a toughened coil spring base on high clearance chassis. Adopted from a 1952 Morris minor and some scrounging of Vauxhall parts, she has not made any fashion or passion statement till date, but earned liking akin to what Citron enjoyed with French masses and farmers alike. In good old days when Indians had two choices only between Amby and a Fiat, Amby was hugely preferred as Govt. official vehicle as it was spacious but costlier then Fiat.

I personally donít like this car but then how many cars around here in THIS day can be driven to nearest town on mustard oil and a two stroke engine oil mix when engine bay oil plug simply drops off somewhere becz of wobbles? Thatís Amy simplicity and design ruggedness for you, not to mention those luxurious and springy driving seats from 50s!!

They way they are built (put together!) even today is a marvel of own kind in automation industry. Even today the workers at assembly line of Amby have higher average age while newbie upstarts canít be trusted with them wood mallets and tin sheet to fix the roof, so every Amby you see today has a roof thatís hand assembled by those crusty old guys at assembly while the same company is only second of its kind to manufacture gear box for Opal world wide.. how is the techno leap !!

Amby simply refuses to die thanks to govt buying and rural markets she keep coming back in not so new avatars. Here is latest. http://www.hmambassador.com/avigo/index.asp
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Iwanttogoback thanks so much for the photo - Iwantogoback too.
pleasure. and when we go back we will be driven around in ambys
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Ambies are best for Indian roads!!! I don't think the Marutis and Hondas can match the "workhorse hours" an Amby bears! They are slow but they are comfortable on messed up roads and streets full of potholes and craters....

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Originally Posted by jyotirmoy I read some where that there is a fleet of Amby taxis in London.
http://www.karmakabs.com/Karma_Kabs.swf

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Originally Posted by ddutta The fleet of the famed Ambassador Kars have been lovingly styled to Tobias's ethical principals of craftmanship and leave people wondering if they'd visited a new level of existence.
For more :-
http://www.viewlondon.co.uk/experien...tails_442.html
Interesting. I will have to use them some day.


It seems, then, that they can be imported and driven in the UK. Does anybody know whether a standard Indian version can be licenced in the UK, or will there have to be any modifications?

How much do they cost, anyway? And how much would the import/modification/... be?

Just wondering

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