Vintage Kings of Streets: Then, Now &Forever
Remember the times when our grandparents used to travel in a Fiat Premier or a Contessa? Back then, we used to think of them as trash as we saw several different, more modern options in the market.
But the times have changed, and today, these same cars are considered vintage and carry a value that even the new models cannot achieve. As years went by, these older cars got replaced by new and upgraded versions, but just seeing one of them on the roads takes us into an immediate flashback.
Let’s take a look at some of these symbols of royalty.
Fiat Premier Padmini
It is an automobile that was manufactured in India during the 1970s by Premier Automobiles Limited. It was marketed initially as Fiat 1100 Delight under the license of Fiat. It was always a great innovation running on the Indian roads and many leading icons owned a Padmini during its prime years. Build with the profession, this design has a perfect balance between its speed and race due to which it was also used for racing back in the days. Powered by a 1089cc engine, it used to generate power of about 40BHP @ 4800 RPM at a torque of 71Nm @ 3000 RPM. It was a 4-speed manual transmission car with a 3-box design and chromed lined round headlights. It had a curved front and rear bumpers with a simple profile and carried a chrome line across the length. Interiors of this vehicle were plain and sober with few knobs and dials. The real beauty of this vehicle was the sweet sound of the engine which generated the power to reach up to 115kmph.
Hindustan Contessa was manufactured in India by Hindustan Motors from 1984 to 2002. When introduced, it was one among the luxury cars that ruled the Indian market through its muscular design and loud voice. Also known as the Indian Muscle car, it had everything that one might seek in a car. Powered by a 1995cc engine, it generated power up to 87Bhp which was a huge amount of power if we compare it to the era it was designed in. This power was the reason that allowed Contessa to reach the top speed of 140kmph while providing a mileage of 10kmpl. It was a 4-door sedan type car with a 5-speed manual gearbox. Even though the manufacturing of this car has been stopped a long time ago, people are still ready to purchase this car and customize it into a monster to roll on the street.
Willys Jeep WB
Manufactured during the war, Willys was manufactured by an American automobile company Jeep. It was a powerful vehicle manufactured to go anywhere and do anything. It was built on the concept of 4*4 which made it very special as there were few cars at that time with 4*4 technology. In the 1940s, the company started manufacturing products for the Indian market which established Jeep as an undisputed brand in the market. Willys MB was the first mass-produced civilian four-wheel drive car. The car was powered by a 1/4-ton, 2195cc engine that generated power of 60HP. It was enriched with 3 speed * 2 range transfer transmission which made it capable of conquering all the terrains. Even today, the company produces some great products that are not only capable of ruling the streets, but also attract many people with their impeccable designs and flawless features, even making Jeep a favorite brand of celebs.
These vehicles have ruled the Indian streets in their glory days. They belonged in the luxury segment of cars in India, but what makes them more special is the craze and demand for these vehicles which is the same till date, and will possibly remain so in the near future, too.
Sarthak Moghe is a young, enthusiastic writer who loves modern technology and automobiles. After completing his graduation in Journalism and Mass-Communication, he stepped into the world of adulting as a content writer. When not busy on the keyboard, he likes to explore new topics and hone his sense of humour.