The Hindustan Motors Ambassador is one of the most well known and recognized car in India. That famous curvy silhouette still hits many with nostalgia.
Hindustan Motors shut the production of Ambassador in 2014 due to increasing debts on the company and very low sales. The Ambassador was the vehicle of choice for politicians and bureaucrats and was considered as a symbol of power due to the same reason. There have been many examples of old Ambassadors being resto-moddded into nice looking vehicle. However, today we bring you an Ambassador which is a beauty on a whole next level.
This beauty has been turned into reality by Rohan George of Rogeo design. Done as a client project, the Ambassador looks very modern along with maintaining its old world charm. The donor car was more than 35 years old making making the body quiet weak. To overcome this, the body shell was completely replaced with NOVA body. Changes at the front include a toned down bonnet, projector head lamps with blacked out casing, redesigned front bumper and a huge grille to help let more air in for engine air cooling.
The sides of the car are virtually the same save for those stylish 16 inch alloy wheels along a blacked out roof panel. Moving to the rear, it features a new custom made bumper along with vertically lined tail lamp which are a combination of bulb and LEDs. The boot lid also features a big scoop to house the number plate. Two pairs of functional twin piped exhaust are placed on either side of the rear section giving it a modern sport touch.
The interiors again are done tastefully and compliment the beautiful exteriors of this Ambassador. The leather wrapped interiors have a Burgundy shade and comes with most modern amenities.
The centre of the dashboard has been taken by a a large speedometer along with other instrument gauges. It has been fitted with power windows, stereo system and AC among others. The font seats are bucket units, making them very comfortable. Another note worthy aspect is the wood lined boot, with a space for spare tyre underneath.
Powering the car now is a 2 litre diesel engine by Isuzu. The original 1.5 litre engine has been replaced by it for better performance and efficiency. The new engine comes mated to a 5 Speed Gearbox with short throw gear shifter. Other mechanical changes are inclusion of power steering, new upgraded brakes with discs at front and larger drums at rear, lowered suspension and billet aluminum wheel spacers all around to increase the wheel track.
The cost of this conversion was around Rs. 7.5 lakhs which includes all the modifications and the donor car. At that cost, you get a car which steals the show at gunpoint wherever it goes. The original Ambassador had one of the best rear seats in business and now in this avatar, comfort would be at a different level for sure.