I came across a beautifully restored HM Ambassador recently. The Ambassador stands out as one of the most recognizable names in the Indian automobile industry. Its remarkable 57-year production run is a rare achievement, not commonly seen even in international markets. Describing it as iconic might actually be an understatement. While there were rumours circulating about the Ambassador potentially re-entering the market, nothing has been confirmed yet. Until then, let’s appreciate its presence in this restored form.
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Restored HM Ambassador
This post comes from athuldevphotography and madhur.k.r on Instagram. The video captures all the details of this unique Ambassador from outside and inside. Commencing from the outside, the overall silhouette remains the same but there are tiny but effective modifications. For instance, the front grille is borrowed from the Maruti S-Cross. Interestingly, it fits quite well into the fascia of the Amby. Apart from that, there is a large eagle HM logo on the nose and an illuminating element in the centre of the grille. There is a generous use of chrome to design the eyebrows on the headlamps and front fascia. The alloy wheels look stunning. At the rear, one witnesses Isuzu lettering with LED taillamps which display the HM moniker. All in all, this HM Ambassador retains the vintage elements but uses modern bits as well.
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What is impressive is the fact that the Ambassador owner doesn’t just customize it from the outside but also from the inside. In fact, the entire cabin layout has been revamped. It now gets quilted seat covers, a dashboard from a Swift, a touchscreen infotainment display, and more. However, the highlight for me is the starlight on the roof of the car. This is what Rolls Royce cars made popular. One gets an excellent view during the night driving. All in all, the sheer detail that went into this restoration procedure is commendable.
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It is not every day we get to experience such a professional restoration. However, we must mention that most car modifications are illegal in India. Still, a lot of people perform customizations on their cars. If they do end up getting caught by the traffic Police, they will be liable to pay hefty fines. Moreover, the Police will ask them to remove the modifications. That is why it is best if you are living in a remote area or might be using customized cars extremely rarely. We recommend it’s best to use such cars as passion projects rather than your daily drivers.
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