20 year-old pristinely maintained Hindustan Contessa video reviewed

Hindustan Motors (HM) was a very popular car brand back in the 70s, 80s and 90s. The Ambassador and Contessa were two of the famous models from the brand. The HM Contessa was actually based on Vauxhall Victor and was in production from 1984 to 2002 in India. It is often referred as a muscle car because of its exterior design. The HM Contessa is a sedan that can easily seat five passengers in comfort. Like many other vehicles of its vintage, Contessa is also becoming a collectible and many car lovers across the country have several well kept or modified examples. Here we have a video review of 2000 model Hindustan Motors Contessa sedan.

The video has been uploaded by Revokid Vlogs on his youtube channel. The video starts by showing the exterior of the car. The car is kept in stock condition for most of its parts. The only modification done here is an aftermarket 17 inch alloy wheels with red calipers and new wing mirrors. The front gets an angular black front grille with HM logo in the centre. There is a chrome beading around the grille and the headlights are round units. The front and rear bumper on this car bulges out slightly and that gives it an aggressive stance.

The side profile of the car gets chrome garnish around the window and the door handles are also finished in chrome. The rear gets stock rectangular shaped tail lamps. Moving inside, it gets a flat dashboard with with AC vents placed on it. The car gets a 4 spoke steering wheel with manual AC control. It looks like the seats were redone and are pretty comfortable. A CD changer that can hold up to 12 CDs have been installed in the boot and gets a regular music system on the inside. The instrument cluster is all analog and has a bunch of warning lights on it.

It is powered by a 2.0 litre Isuzu diesel engine mated to a manual gearbox. The vlogger even talks to the owner of the car and asks for the maintenance cost and parts availability for such a vehicle. The owner says that the as the production for this vehicle has been stopped many parts have to be fabricated or borrowed from some other cars. There is delay in getting hold on to the parts too. Apart from that he doesn’t use it as a daily drive vehicle mainly because of its maintenance cost.