Sachin Tendulkar is a cricket legend but he is an avid automobile enthusiast too. Sachin Tendulkar received a Ferrari as a gift from the Formula1 legend Michael Schumacher but most enthusiasts start the journey somewhere. Sachin Tendulkar started his journey with a humble Maruti Suzuki 800, which he sold off many years ago. He is now looking around to get the Maruti Suzuki 800 back.
In an interview with Mudit Dani sometime ago, Sachin revealed that he sold the 800 a few years ago. While there are a lot of rumours doing around on the Internet suggesting that Sachin still owns his first car, he made it clear during the interaction that he sold the car.
He also made an appeal to the viewers that he is looking for his first car and anyone who has any information about the vehicle can pass it to him.
“My first car was a Maruti 800. Unfortunately, it is not with me right now. I would love to have it back again with me. So people listening to me, feel free to contact and get in touch…”
Sachin has always been into automobiles
Sachin’s enthusiasm for automobiles is well-known. In his younger days, he started doing advertisements for many brands. He also said that his love for automobiles developed at a very young age. He has memories of doing car spotting from his home’s balcony in his free time. Sachin used to identify cars passing on the roads.
While spotting the vehicles is something most of us do, Sachin used to also visit a nearby drive-in theatre in those days. He used to roam around the cars parked there to get a close look at the vehicles.
Sachin started appearing on automobile advertisements in those days too. Starting with the likes of Bajaj Sunny, Sachin also appeared for the Fiat Palio. In fact, Fiat launched a special edition named the “S10” after Sachin Tendulkar’s playing number – 10. Over the years, Sachin did do a lot of commercials for various automobile brands.
In recent times, Sachin Tendulkar became the brand ambassador of BMW India. Since then, he majorly drives BMW vehicles. However, even before he was appointed as the brand ambassador for the German brand, he drove around a BMW X5M, which he privately imported for himself.
Sachin currently owns a BMW i8, BMW 7-Series, BMW X5M, BMW X6 and many more. In the past, he also owned legendary vehicles like Ferrari 360 Modena and a Nissan GT-R too.
Maruti Suzuki 800
India was still an evolving automobile market when the Maruti Suzuki 800 was launched which went on to create a new customer segment. Many Indian families are still loyal to the Maruti brand due to the success of the Maruti Suzuki 800. It became the first car for many middle-class families in India.
It was launched back in 1983 which was a time when only a select few could afford a car in India. The Maruti 800 was the first front-wheel-drive car in India and was obviously much cheaper than the most popular car at that time which was the Hindustan Ambassador.