The Hindustan Ambassador has served several generations of Indians. It remained the preferred choice of wheels for the well-to-do for several years of its career. It was also the favourite of fleet operators who wanted an easy-to-maintain and spacious car that offered a highly comfortable rear seat. Adding another feather to the Amby’s cap is the fact that it was the official Government vehicle for VVIPs. The Hindustan Ambassador was even the official car of the Indian Prime Minister until Atal Bihari Vajpayee decided to replace this ageing car with a heavily armoured BMW 7-Series. Here is a rather interesting video of a couple of Government-issued Hindustan Ambassador sedans.
Seen in the video above are a couple of Hindustan Ambassador sedans that are performing some handbrake turns and other stunts. It’s said these Ambassadors were a part of one of our past Prime Minister’s convoy. Watching these Ambassadors being driven in such a manner is quite a sight, especially because the Amby has always been infamous for being bulky and slow. However, the Ambassador used to be a part of the convoys of our Prime Minister and VVIPs. The Ambassadors you see in the above video are practising security drills.
The Government-owned Ambassadors were mostly the petrol variants that came with an Isuzu 1.8-litre, naturally-aspirated, four-cylinder gasoline engine. The motor produced a maximum power of 75 bhp along with a peak torque of 135 Nm. The vehicle has a kerb weight of 1,100 kgs. The Ambassador was on sale from 1958 to 2014. It was based on the Morris Oxford series III that was made by Morris Motors Limited at Cowley, Oxford in the United Kingdom. The Ambassador that was first launched in India was the successor of the Hindustan Landmaster, which was essentially a rebadged Oxford Series II.
Video source – Retro Classics India