The Hindustan Motors Ambassador, originally based on UK’s Morris-Oxford and fondly known as Amby, was manufactured in Uttarpara, West Bengal since 1957. A white Amby with a red or blue beacon and Indian flag on the bonnet is a symbol of legislative, executive and judicial power.
Almost every Indian between the age of 30 and 50 has fond memories inside an Ambassador car, unless of course they lived in the western part of the country, where the Premier Padmini ruled. These two cars remain the most potent symbols of times past.
It may have lost out to the more modern competitors from Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Toyota and Honda but the good old Amby had been voted as the world’s best taxi by global automotive program Top Gear in 2013.
The Amby served India well once upon a time and its manufacturers were extremely laid back and failed to meet the competitive global market that took over.
Tata Indica and Indigo has moved in to fill in the gap.