The Amby – in Bahrain!

Look what I found – in Bahrain – today!
It’s the Ambassador – the car that India once loved.
This was that all-time favourite of virtually anyone in the country, anywhere, who owned a car until the automotive revolution signalled the beginning of its end and it finally breathed its last on Mat 25, 2014, when the last vehicle rolled out from its Uttarpara factory in the Eastern Indian state of West Bengal.
The successor to the ever-popular British Morris Oxford III, production was stopped since there was no demand and several hundred staff had not been paid their wages for six months on the go.
It had to happen. Since starting production in 1958, the Ambassador had not changed, and it was soon overtaken by the Toyotas, the Suzukis and the Hondas, until the factory could no longer sustain itself.
This gem of a vehicle was once a powerhouse, symbolised the state, and was ridden by Prime Ministers, Presidents, Chief Ministers, collectors and police chiefs.
It is now rarely seen even in India, but for Metros like Kolkata and, perhaps, Delhi, where they are used as rattletrap taxicabs.
No wonder, then, that I was amused and immediately clicked a couple of pictures. I was not the only one, Several others also stopped by but the Indians among them were the most awestruck. After all, what’s an Ambassador doing on the roads, and that too in Bahrain? And, to top it all, it appeared to be in perfect condition.
And, wait, that’s not all. The steering wheel was on the RIGHT-HAND side like cars in India, which drives on the left side of the road like the United Kingdom, even though we drive ‘on the right in Bahrain!
I would have wanted to meet the owner and take a look at him. Wonder who he is? Indian, Bahraini, British, or just some eccentric car collector! I may never know, unless I run into him at the filling station or at another parking lot!!

7 Comments Add yours

  1. Littlesundog says:

    Cool car!! We have a 1958 Morris Minor. Is this car as small as the Morris Minor?

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    1. singhcircle says:

      This is bigger than the “minor” and was the ONLY car manufactured in India in the 60’s and EVERYONE who owned a car had THIS one

      Like

  2. Neethu says:

    Ahhh the good old πŸ˜πŸ‘Œ

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    1. singhcircle says:

      The Ambassador was like a mobile living room, wasn’t it?

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      1. Neethu says:

        YesssπŸ˜‰

        Liked by 1 person

  3. nivs24 says:

    What a nostalgic find. Must have tugged your heart a bit to have spotted one.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. singhcircle says:

      Loved the sight of this old relic! And right-hand drive at that!

      Liked by 1 person

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