Cars of India
Although you will still find old cars on the streets of India, most just look old. The Hindustan Ambassador, for instance, is based on the 1954-1956 Morris Oxford and is still being produced today. The 1958 Fiat 1100-based Padmini is also an evergreen. Other models include the Hindustan Contessa, which is in fact the 1972 Vauxhall Victor.
This model is based on the Morris Oxford Series 2 of 1954 vintage.
THE AMBASSADOR - THE FIRST AMONG INDIAN CARS
Ambassador - the first car to be manufactured in India, has been ruling the Indian roads ever since its inception in 1948. Originally based on Morris Oxford (United Kingdom, 1948), the Ambassador has been undergoing a series of changes, adapting to customer expectations.
With upgraded manufacturing facilities in Uttarpara, West Bengal, Hindustan Motors Limited is geared for production of a more contemporary version of the Ambassador, with features catering to the needs of the present generation.
Ambassador, the only automobile to ply Indian roads for more than five decades now, has carved a special niche for itself in the passenger car segment. It's dependability, spaciousness and comfort factor have made it the most preferred car for generations of Indians. The Ambassador's time-tested, tough, accommodating and practical characteristics make it a truly Indianised car.
This is a quote from the 2004 official Hindustan Ambassador website at http://www.hmambassador.com/history.asp