The Gypsy is still one of the most iconic SUVs that has ever been on sale in the Indian market. While the SUV has now been discontinued, many people still own theirs and still admire and use it for off-roading. It is a very capable off-roader that you can still find in off-roading events or rally events. However, now you cannot find many Gypsys in the market. Well, here is a Maruti 800 that has been modified to look like a Gypsy.
The details of this modification are not known as the pictures were clicked by Vivi Kolar while the vehicle was parked on the road. At the first glance, a person can misjudge the vehicle for a Gypsy. However, in reality, it is a Maruti 800 that has been modified to look like a Gypsy. But it seems like a well-executed project.
The Gypsy and the 800 are based on completely different platforms. Where the Gypsy is a 4×4 SUV, the 800 was India’s first front-wheel driven vehicle. So, this modification job must have been complex. The person who has modified this vehicle has also fabricated all the body panels to look like Gypsy’s body panels.
At the front, the design is identical to the Gypsy. There are circular headlamps mounted in a black grille with a Suzuki Badge. There is a slim black bumper that houses the turn indicators just like on the original Gypsy. The hood is completely flat and looks similar to the Gypsy. It even gets two rectangular slats on the side and some extra space between the bonnet and the front grille that was originally found on the Gypsy.
On the side, we can see that the ground clearance is much lower than the Gypsy. However, the design has been kept boxy. There are no rear doors on the vehicle. It gets a soft-top roof as the rear of the vehicle stays open. We do not know if seats have been placed in the rear of the modified vehicle or not. Gypsy on the other hand was offered with side-facing seats for the rear occupants. This soft top should be waterproof so that water does not seep into the cabin. There is also a plastic window provided at the rear of the soft top.
The owner has also installed 5-spoke alloy wheels finished in black. He has also extended the wheel arches that are finished in black. However, the tyres are smaller than you would expect due to which they look a bit out of place. Also, there is a sidestep installed for easy ingress and egress. The wheelbase of the vehicle does look longer than a regular Maruti 800. So, we are not sure what all modifications have been done to the chassis and the underpinnings.
Are these modifications legal in India?
Well, if you want to drive a modified vehicle then the modifications are not allowed in our country because of our strict laws. These types of modifications make the vehicle illegal and if a cop questions you then you might have to pay penalties. Having said that, you can modify the vehicle and keep it away from public roads.