Continued: Automotive Jugaads of India

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The Maruti Suzuki 800 has had a great record in reliability, and the way it used to run in less than perfect conditions. Now the owner of this example was very apprehensive of the rising security issues in the country, so he devised a way to ensure that no one could steal his prized possession. However, with the added Playboy bunny logos, it’s clear that didn’t quite get what ‘hot hatch’ really meant.

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If the above mentioned solution wasn’t enough, this guy went one step ahead in securing his car. You see, regular steering locks/gear locks can be broken, and they just take care of one thing, but this is a totally different solution. With the brake pedal and the clutch locked (literally) into each other, it can only mean if someone takes this guy’s car, he’s going to burn both the clutch and the brakes equally. If he/she manages to shift gears, that is.

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The TVS Champ was a crazy two stroke moped. The puny bike not only could carry weights that a vehicle of its size and stature must not carry, the lightweight construction meant it could be fun to ride, too. But with increasing pressure from college peers, the owner had to succumb to the decision of giving the bike a makeover. And what a makeover it was! The fairing from Hero Splendor mean there was wind protection (not to forget the added visor on top of it), the Pulsar’s tank ensured the moped could go on forever without needing to refuel, and the rear panels meant the wind flow/aerodynamics weren’t hampered.

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The outgoing Ford Endeavour (this is the pre-facelift model) was available in two engine options: 3-litre and 2.5-litre. Both offered torque in excess of 330 Nm, which is more than sufficient for pulling the seven passengers aboard, but its real use when you take the Endeavour to the fields and plough them with it. After Ford made tractors and the DNA shouldn’t be too different, either.

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Possibly inspired by the movie Golmaal, this gentleman took his Yamaha Enticer, elongated it to accommodate his imaginary friends, and probably impress a girl or two on his way back from the pub. Sadly, his proclaimed ‘Bad Boys Ride Bad Toys’ meant he was instantly made a part of the popular biker gang and hasn’t been heard of since. That’s a good thing, because apart from Yamaha, Harley Davidson too is looking with a full 160-page lawsuit against him.

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The Indica was a milestone product for the Indian market, and no matter how many cars come and go, it always offered more than whatever was promised: space, AC cooling, efficiency, comfort, and not to forget the visible welds in the early models. But more importantly it was the tagline where Tata really surprised us all. It was ‘More Car Per Car’, but the Indica eclipsed that too, with the More Car Per Truck that you see in the picture above.

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One fine day, the guy in the picture ended up in quarreling with his wife over a petty issue, but she was adamant and wanted to teach him a lesson. She mentioned that the only way he could understand her plight would be by stepping in her shoes. He took it literally.

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What happens when you want to hitch a ride but you can’t park your, er, auto-rickshaw? Well, it’s really simple, you just drive it into the back of your buddies’ car and let him pull you. Not only does it show how kind your friends are/were, it also goes to show the Maruti 800’s pulling capabilities.

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A lot of carmakers are trembling in the fear of the upcoming BNVSAP (Bharat New Vehicle Safety Assessment Programme) because their good for nothing (read unsafe) cars will be rendered useless once the tests are in place. But it’s so gentlemanly of some loyal customers that they came forward with what’s easily the safest and the least expensive airbag in the history of mankind. And unlike Takata, this won’t be recalled, either.

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The Gypsy is praised for its off-road capabilities, but on the road, it’s not really appreciated that much, is it? With an unsettled ride, an underperforming engine, and almost antiquated looks, the Gypsy lags far behind. And without a diesel engine, there was no way the Gypsy could compete with other popular vehicles in the segment, until the good chap in the picture came up with the idea of bringing back the glory to this legend of an off-roader. His ideas seemed perfectly fine until he started concentrating too much on the fuel efficiency bit.