Top 5 Iconic Indian Cars That Should Make A Comeback

Mahindra Thar

  • Mahindra’s older Thar could trace its roots all the way back to 1949.

  • It was built to be robust with a go-anywhere attitude.

  • New Thar makes up with a much more premium interior and creature comforts.

  • It commands a waiting period of up to 6 to 9 months.

Alright, so the Thar is already back in a new avatar and it’s breaking records as we speak. While this new-generation model has been fully redeveloped, the older-gen car could trace its roots all the way back to 1949! It’s jeep-like design and robust build quality made it an instant hit with the masses. It was the perfect way to travel on broken Indian roads or no roads at all. A 4x4 system meant you wouldn’t need an army of people to pull you out when you got stuck.

Maruti Gypsy

  • Gypsy was initially meant to traverse the unpaved roads in India.

  • The Gypsy has been used by government officials, defence officials, police officials, and even rallying enthusiasts over the years.

  • Gypsy was a long-wheelbase version of the second-gen Jimny sold outside of India.

  • New fourth-gen Jimny could be here with a Gypsy badge and a longer wheelbase by 2022.

Maruti’s Gypsy can trace its origins back to 1985, which is when the first of these off-road machines was introduced in India. Based on the long-wheelbase second-gen Jimny of the time, the Gypsy was introduced as an off-road vehicle to be driven primarily on the unpaved roads of the time. This was evident by the fact that it got zero creature comforts, live axles, and leaf spring suspension all around. Despite that, the Gypsy went on to become quite a popular car. It was used by government officials, police workers, defence officials and even rallying enthusiasts.

Tata Sierra

  • Tata’s Sierra had power windows, adjustable steering and power steering, something unheard of in its time.

  • The curved glass rear window of the Sierra made for many memorable camping moments.

  • The Sierra’s run lasted just over a decade.

  • It was back in the news after Tata showed the Sierra EV concept at Auto Expo 2020.

Back in 1991, when we had no idea what to expect from cars, the Tata Sierra arrived with features such as power steering, power windows, and a LARGE curved fixed rear window. Its wow factor simply couldn’t be measured at the time. Tata kept it around for just over a decade but in that time, the Sierra managed to carve out a niche for itself. Owning a Sierra at the time meant you were doing something right with your life.

Hindustan Ambassador

  • The Ambassador first came out in 1958.

  • It was based on the Morris Oxford model.

  • It has the longest production run of any car in the Indian market.

  • The PSA Groupe (Peugeot-Citroën) purchased the Ambassador name from CK Birla Group for Rs 80 crore.

  • No plans of a comeback just yet.

The Ambassador. If I were to end this article here, it would seem alright. After all, what can be said about the Ambassador that hasn’t been said before. It’s run lasted more than 50 years! Let that sink in, and that too with only minor modifications over time. The last Ambassador rolled off the assembly line in 2014. In the decades before that, the Ambassador had kind of taken over the mantle of being the ‘sarkari’ car, but before that, Indian roads were littered with them. Taxis, personal cars, government cars, defence cars and what not... the Ambassador has seen it all.


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