There was a time when we had number of station wagons available in the country. They were never successful in creating a space or trend in the market and failed miserably. Some of the famous station wagons that were on sale in India were Hindustan Ambassador Estate, Fiat Padmini Premier Safari, Maruti Suzuki Baleno Altura, Skoda Octavia Combi, Tata Indigo Marina and so on. One such station wagon that was on sale in the 90’s was the Tata Estate. The Estate was in production from 1992 until 2000. Here we have a video that shows a Tata Estate that has been completely restored.
The video has been uploaded by RP Tech Tour on their youtube channel. The video starts by showing the restored Tata Estate. According to the video this is a 1995 model Tata Estate. The car looks in great condition from the outside. The Estate gets the old iconic Tata logo placed on the front grille with black bumper. The car get a red paint job which looks great on the car.
Even though the Estate in the video is around 25 years old, it looks like the parts used on the car are all original. The headlamp, turn indicators, badging, tail lights all are restored. It looks like the whole body of the car was repainted and there are no visible signs of rust seen on video. It gets the same 15 inch steel wheels with wheel caps on them.
On the inside the restoration work continues as the interiors is also redone. Tata Estate was one of the feature loaded cars of its time. It came with power windows, power steering, factory-fitted cassette player, tachometer and many more features. It was inspired by the Mercedes-Benz station wagon. As India never liked the trend of station wagons, just like all the other cars in the segment, people did not pay much attention to Tata Estate as well. Tata Estate was powered by a naturally aspirated diesel engine. It got a 1.9 litre , 4-cylinder diesel engine that was sourced from Peugeot. The engine generated a maximum of 67 Bhp and 118 Nm of torque and was mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox. This engine was also offered on two other derivatives of the Estate: the Sierra compact SUV and the Mobile pick up truck. The Sierra later got a turbocharged and intercooled version of this diesel engine, with a 90 Bhp output. The same engine, after various modifications, continued to power the Tata Sumo for years.