Maruti Suzuki Gypsy remained in production for a few decades in India. It remains an iconic car and the lightweight petrol SUV also serves the Indian defence forces in large numbers. Well, there are still many who cannot get their hands on a Maruti Suzuki Gypsy due to various reasons. The solution? Well, here is a Maruti Suzuki 800 that has been converted into a Maruti Suzuki Gypsy and it sure looks great.
There are no details of this modification job. Vivi Kolar spotted the vehicle in Bengaluru, Karnataka and shared the pictures in the 4X4 India group. The pictures show the boxy design of the transformation job and it sure looks like a well-executed project. The platform of the Gypsy and the 800 are very different from each other. This is why this transformation job is complex.
Since the ground clearance of the Maruti Suzuki 800 is much lower than the Gypsy, the final product looks like a lowered Gypsy. The body shell gets the boxy design alright but looking at it closely will reveal that the panels are not from Gypsy. Instead, the modification garage has put customised panels by fabricating them inhouse. It gets a soft-top roof and the rear of the vehicle remains open. A waterproof fabric covers all the parts well.
The overall length of the vehicle also seems to be longer than the stock Maruti Suzuki 800. There are no rear doors now and it is a two-door vehicle. We are not sure if there are seats for the rear passengers in this vehicle.
From the front, the looks become even boxier. It looks like a Gypsy with a straight face. The modification garage has installed round headlamps, a different bumper and a different grille to add the Gypsy look too. There are a few changes done to the cabin too but the details or picture is not available. The job looks good apart from the puny tyres installed on it.
Can you do such modifications?
Yes, you can but you cannot ply them on the public roads due to the strict laws. In India, modification is illegal, especially if it requires changes to the structure of the vehicle. The rule has caused a lot of trouble, especially to the off-roading community across India. It is also illegal to install large tyres and off-road-spec steel bumpers on the vehicle. Also, bullbars and auxiliary lamps are not allowed. Any vehicle with such modifications are either seized or the cops ask them to pay heavy fines. However, you can modify the vehicles and keep them away from the public roads to avoid any such inconvenience.
Maruti Suzuki Gypsy
Maruti Suzuki introduced the Gypsy in the Indian market way back in 1985. Since then, the Gypsy has had a huge fan following. Even the defence forces in India rely on the Gypsy so much that after officially discontinuing the SUV, Maruti Suzuki restarted the production exclusively for the Indian army. Maruti Suzuki has started manufacturing the all-new Jimny in India but currently, it is only for the export markets. The manufacturer has conveyed from time to time that they will launch an India-sped five-seater version of the car. But the brand is yet to announce the official timeline of the launch.