Most billionaires around the world live a lavish life with numerous cars that you will be able to find on the Internet with a simple search. However, in the older days, successful businessmen like Dhirubhai Ambani, JRD Tata even the living legend Ratan Tata drove around in exotic vehicles without the world getting to know about it. While only true enthusiasts who like to keep a track of the cars would know about the exotic garages owned by the businessmen mentioned above, we have a list of cars that you may not have seen before. Here are the exotic cars owned by JRD Tata, Dhirubhai Ambani and Ratan Tata.
Importing a vehicle in India is quite a process at present. In the 1960s, the process was even more difficult. JRD Tata, who established several successful businesses in India imported a Mercedes-Benz 190D. It is considered the spiritual predecessor to the modern-day Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The designers at Mercedes-Benz designed the 190D to stand out in the crowd and looks quite charming, even today. Tata bought the car in 1961 but since the process was quite long, it finally arrived in India from Germany in 1962.
The 190D was a futuristic vehicle in every way. It offered features like bi-focal outside rearview mirrors and adjustable seats. Mercedes-Benz used a 1.8-litre four-cylinder petrol engine in the 190D. It was powerful enough to take the vehicle to about 120 km/h, which was considered to be quite fast in that era.
Ratan Tata is a major automobile enthusiast. He owns a number of imported vehicles including a Cadillac, a Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz SLK and many others. He used to come out with exotic vehicles every now and then on the Marine Drive in Mumbai. However, that has stopped a few years ago. Ratan Tata is a man of passion and he also owns the rare Buick Skylark. This is a 1978 model and after Ratan Tata got it to India, it remained the only such car on the Indian roads for years.
The Buick comes powered by a 5.0-litre V8 petrol engine that generates around 145 Bhp of maximum power. The car remains in an excellent condition and is used by various exhibitors at different car shows in India. The picture of the vehicle was sourced from one such car show in Mumbai.
BMW 750i XL L7 Limousine
The size of this car is as long as its name. The Ambani family is known to own the most exotic cars in India and they do travel in style with multiple G-Wagen as security cars in the convoy. Dhirubhai Ambani was no different. He owned this extremely rare BMW 750i XL L7, a limousine, which was made only for special markets. The limousine was available only in a few countries of South East Asia, Europe and Middle East markets.
The XL variant came with added legroom. The vehicle was a massive 5.37 metres long, which makes it longer than the present-day BMW 8-series that measures 5.23 metres. The car is powered by a 5.4-litre V12 petrol engine that generates a maximum power of 322 Bhp and peak torque of 490 Nm. The car was restored by the Ambani family recently and was spotted on the road too.