• Country of Origin – India
• Body Style – Saloon
• Engine – 4 Cylinder 1489cc; 4-speed Manual
• Right Hand Drive
• 2nd Owner (Air Marshal first owner for 48 years)
• Highly original, with original instrumentation and SU carburetor
• Unrestored yet well maintained throughout, mechanically sound
• Great example of an early Ambassador Mark II
No car is more apt to be the face of Indian motoring than the legendary Hindustan Ambassador. Hindustan Motors was incorporated in 1942, and by 1955 the Landmaster was introduced, essentially the Morris Oxford Series II, followed in 1957 by the Series III, which was badged the Ambassador. The car was very spacious – perfect for large Indian families – and robust. Performance was adequate at best, but the SU carburetor ensured that the allimportant fuel consumption was kept to a minimum. It was a handsome car, with extra chrome and tail fins introduced for the first time, keeping with American trends. By 1963 a facelifted new model was launched, dubbed the Mark II, with a new flush chequered grille.
Other than minor cosmetics the car remained largely the same, with new dash layouts being introduced every couple of years. The car was by now the defacto choice for all government departments and bureaucrats, and a white Ambassador with a red beacon
mounted became synonymous with power and VIP culture. The car soldiered on till as late as 2013, when it finally reached the end of its lifecycle, signaling the end of an era in India’s automotive history after almost 60 years.
This 1965 Mark II (registered in 1966) being an earlier version retains the desirable two large gauges on the dash. The current owner acquired the car in 2014 directly from the first owner’s family, a senior Air Force officer in all meticulously maintained. The car is in good running condition and retains all rare original fittings including the SU carburetor, original mirror, handles, lights, dash knobs etc. The body is largely rust free, and though repainted and upholstered some years ago, now shows some age. The original taillights though not pictured will be handed over with the car. All paperwork up to date ready to be transferred.
This Ambassador is the perfect opportunity to relive childhood nostalgia at an entry level price tag with the option of enjoying the car as is, or restoring to a desired specification.