The Hindustan Ambassador became the poster-boy of the Indian automotive scene in the post-independence era. Sure, even the Premier Padmini was equally famous in its heyday, but it’s actually the Ambassador- built by Hindustan Motors – that continued to dot our roads until its demise in 2014. From tourist cabs to the preferred set of wheels for the babus, the Ambassador has played many roles. There are still many who love this car for the spacious cabin, a cavernous boot, a sofa-like rear seat and a tank-like build quality.
The Amby you see here seems to have been commissioned by one such Ambassador-lover. The car has been immaculately restored to its former glory. It also gets some modern touches to enhance the overall appeal of the vehicle. The restoration job is the work of the skilled workforce at Ceramic Pro Calicut. Based on a Mark-II Amby of the 1969 vintage, this beauty comes draped in a shade of bottle green. We feel that the custom metallic paint-job goes well with the car’s British roots.
The highlights of the side profile include clear-lens indicators and a set of multi-spoke alloy wheels. Also, this Amby gets a new set of ORVMs, which seem to have been borrowed from the Maruti Esteem. Highlights of the rear include a set of clear-lens taillamps, Executive/Power Steering badges, and a chrome-plated muffler tip. While there’s nothing radical about the car’s exterior, it’s actually the high-quality restoration job that makes the car look spectacular.
If you think the exterior design of this Amby is a head-turner, you sure need to check out the interior. The cabin of this car has been given a full-leather upholstery along with a high-quality trim. The dashboard has been suitably modified to make the interior look fresher and sufficiently modern. It gets a new instrument binnacle that seems to come from the 2nd gen Honda City, new design aircon vents, some faux wood and a new gear lever.
The steering wheel is new, too. It comes from the last-gen Ford Fiesta and gets a faux Carbon Fibre finish. Also, from the looks of it, this car has been fitted with an aftermarket aircon system and a CD/USB player. The bench seat at the front has been replaced with two captain seats and an armrest in between. The car also gets electric windows. The ultra-comfortable rear seat gets adjustable headrests. Of course, the leather upholstery makes the rear bench look even comfier.
It’s not known if this car carries any performance upgrades. Back in the day, the Mark II Ambassador came equipped with a 1,489cc petrol engine that produced a maximum power of 46.50 hp along with a peak torque of 91 Nm. The engine came mated to a four-speed manual transmission that sent power to the rear wheels. Going by the company-claimed figures, the ’69 Amby had a top speed of 119 kmph. We, at Cartoq, applaud the efforts that have gone into restoring this Amby. This one’s simply the best-looking Ambassador we’ve seen in recent times.