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Morris: Real gone: Indian Morris Oxford

16 June, 2014


Made under license in India since 1957, the last Hindustan Ambassador rolled off the production line in West Bengal last week. if you’ve ever stepped into a taxi cab when visiting India you’ll be familiar with the Ambassador — a car that has become something of a motoring icon for millions.

Based on the Morris Oxford SIII, the Ambassador was built using production tools originally imported from the UK during the ’50s.

Sales of the car have been on the decline since the ’80s and the makers also say that industrial problems have contributed to ceasing production of the Ambassador.

As well, many point out that the Hindustan is a by-product of a long gone era and say that India is now looking at more modern vehicles from makers such as Mahindra and Tata.

The Jowett Jupiter turns 70

John Ball has always enjoyed tinkering with old boats and cars. He’s old enough to think having gearbox parts on newspaper on the floor of his bedroom, while the relevant car sat waiting on nail boxes, was a normal part of growing up. His passion has always tended towards old British bangers. He reckons he’s fortunate not to have got caught up in the American muscle scene.
John’s love affair with this Jupiter started in December 2015 when, with some time on his hands during a Christchurch trip, he searched online for ‘cars, before 1970 and in Christchurch’.

A passion for classics and customs

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