Today’s Indian auto market is being dominated by many automakers like Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Honda, Toyota, and so on. Although, these manufacturers were just coming into the Indian market over the last two decades. However, back in the 60s 70s 80s, there was only a sole manufacturer named Hindustan Motors HM, who dominated the market for more than three decades, but now there are no vehicles seen on the Indian roads manufactured by HM. The vehicles have vanished from the Indian roads but the nostalgia was not gone. Although, now the HM cars are used by some politicians across the country. HM started the Automobile market in India and design some of the best cars for over 70 years and features the best safety and built on a heavy reliable platform. Here, we Put together India’s first automaker Hindustan Motors forgotten vintage cars: –

5. Hindustan Motors Contessa

Hindustan Motors vintage cars
Hindustan Contessa

Hindustan Motors Contessa was one of the sleek design vehicles ever produced by HM at that. It was introduced back in 1984 and ended in 2002, due to low demand and few basic features. At that time, it was one of the luxurious cars in the Indian market. The vehicle was inspired by the Vauxhall VX series car of 1976, courtesy of which it looks so different from the conventional car’s design at that period of time. The Hindustan Motors Contessa was positioned into the luxury car segment and targeted the customer base, who were looking for a new design and new body style other than Ambassador or Padmini. Although, these cars were ruling the market at that time, being the first choice for almost all the buyers at that time. The Hindustan Motors Contessa was launched in 1986 priced at Rs 83,437.50 ex-showroom, which is a big amount at that period of time. That being said, it was the main reason that the Contessa was so famous among the Indian politicians and one of the best Hindustan Motors Vintage cars.   

4. Hindustan Motors Ambassador

Hindustan Motors vintage cars
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Hindustan Motor’s longest production car and the best-selling car Ambassador was introduced back in 1954 and it’s been in production for over more than 60 years. The Ambassador was one of the famous vehicles used by many politicians and by even middle-class people, courtesy of its dynamic design, better performance, and comfortable seating. The car was awarded the title “the King of Indian roads” at that time, due to its high demand and the bestselling car for more than years you can remember. The Hindustan motors vintage cars Ambassador production was stopped just a few years ago in 2014, due to its lesser demand, but it still can be produced on the Indian army order or any government order. The Ambassador is still used by many politicians across India for their transportation. The HM also launched the diesel and CNG variant of the Ambassador. The petrol variant of the car equipped with an 1817 cc four-cylinder engine, while the diesel variant offered a 1489 cc and 1995 cc motor. Depending on the engine, it produces an average fuel economy of 10 Kmpl to 13 Kmpl. Many modified ambassadors can be seen on Indian roads and some are still in many Indian garages. It is fascinating to see the relaunch of the sedan in its new avatar and compete against the modern-day sedans.

3. Hindustan Motors Landmaster

Hindustan landmaster
Landmaster

The HM Ambassador was inspired by the design of Landmaster, and the vehicle actually builds after the launch of the Landmaster. the car’s classy British look and design were popular among the buyers in the elite class at that period. The Landmaster powered by a 1.5 Litre four-cylinder side-valve engine, which belts out 50 HP of maximum power and 104 Nm of peak torque. The transmission was handled by 4-speed manual gearbox system, along with a top speed of 112 Km/hr. the Hindustan Motors also launched the station wagon body style design of Landmaster, although just a few units have been sold then it was discontinued. The Landmaster and the Fiat 1100 Millecento were launched at the same time in the Indian market.

2. Baby Hindustan

Hindustan baby
baby Hindustan

Back in the 1940s and 1950s, the Hindustan motors were trying to build a beast using foreign engines and design elements. Although, it didn’t work out very well so the HM manufactured their own beast using their own equipment and available engines. The Baby Hindustan was built inspired form Morris Minor, it is basically the Indian version of the Minor. The hatchback was built in the 1950s and it helps the company to further expand its line-up and also gain a lot of popularity among the buyers with its new design. The initial production models were very compact and offer very less leg space and shorter wheelbase, but a few years later the brand introduced the more spacious and legroom models. That being said, after launching few bigger wheelbases models the company continues to produce the compact models again. The baby Hindustan was one of the best selling and popular car in the HM arsenal at that time, the demand for the vehicle was very high and to cope with it the brand has to shift its production plant from Pune to a bigger plant in West Bengal.  

1. Hindustan 10

Hindustan Motors 10
hindustan 10

Back in the 1940s when Hindustan Motors was struggling to own their own, and have many doubts that if the company can perform on its own or it needs a partner to further their production. It was just the starting period of Hindustan motors in the Indian market. After a lot of challenges and trouble, the company launched the Hindustan 10 which was the starting step of a huge revolution in the automobile industry in India. After that, the company never watch back, and just moves forward making new records and become India’s first automaker to dominate the Indian market. The Hindustan 10 was powered by an 1148 cc four-cylinder engine, which belts out 37.2 HP of maximum power at 4600Rpm and delivers the 10 BHP to the wheels, and hence it is named Hindustan 10. It has a top speed of 112 Km/hr, although with the passage of time it becomes rare and further discontinued and very difficult to find on Indian roads.    

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