Classic cars never fail to send a jolt of excitement through the veins of devotees of all things retro and of sentiments captured by an old-world charm. Vintage cars have endured the test of time, especially as a way to travel through time and evoke pleasant memories.
Best Indian Vintage Cars
Indian royalty and expensive vehicles have been associated since the late 1800s. In reality, Maharaja Rajinder Singh of Patiala acquired a French-built De Dion-Bouton in 1892, becoming the first Maharaja to own an automobile in the nation. According to Homegrown, between 1908 and 1939, Indian Maharajas owned 900 Rolls Royces, making them one of the company’s largest clients at the time.
1. Hindustan Ambassador
Of course, the Ambassador is still on the run today, having recently returned to ‘power’ after a sabbatical. However, this does not detract from the fact that it is the greatest among antique automobiles in India.
The Hindustan Ambassador, formerly a status symbol that has now rallied to be a cherished and treasured asset for its people, ruled India’s roadways from 1954 till it died out in 2014.
2. Rolls Royce Phantom II Continental
Among the breed of historic automobiles in India that strike awe with their sheer majesty and skill, the 1935 Rolls Royce Phantom II Continental, with its unrivaled road presence and elegance, is one of those classics we would gladly ride in on any given day!
3. Fiat 1100-103
The 1953 ‘Nuova’ Fiat 1100-103 was a one-of-a-kind beauty with the credibility of a tried-and-true engine.
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The Fiat ruled for 7 long years until losing momentum to the Premier Padmini because to its unusual build and design that had the front doors open backward.
4. Premier Padmini
The top Padmini was manufactured in India from 1970 to 1998 and rose to become one of the country’s top vintage automobiles.
The Padmini got high marks for convenience and simplicity of use, thanks to its simple functionality and comfortable handling. Its round headlamps and exquisite form ensure that it maintains its traditional status as an automobile.
5. 1935 Delahaye 135MS
The magnificent 1935 Delahaye 135MS held by the Jodhpur royal family is India’s most valued antique automobile.
The sportier breed of the lot has also been a remarkable racing car, since it is one of just 11 of its sort ever made.
6. Standard Herald
Previously, the sports automobile that had all young spirits gushing over the luxury vehicle was the Indian-made Standard Herald. This specific model’s comfort and design guaranteed it a prominent place among old automobiles in India.
7. Jaguar XK150
Only four years, from 1957 to 1961, saw the creation of the Jaguar XK150 sports vehicle. The XK150 impresses with a powerful ride for a car of its age, especially for a brand as revered as Jaguar. A worthy addition to India’s collection of historic vehicles.
8. 1958 Mercedes Benz 300 SL Roadster
This Mercedes Benz model, one of the most iconic among sports automobiles, is the only 300 SL to have ever existed in India.
In addition to being one of the most raciest vehicles available at the time, the 300 SL was also among the most expensive. However, the legendary automobile was only produced for over ten years, from 1954 to 1963.
9. 1961 VW Beetle
One of the classiest old automobiles in India has to be the 1961 Beetle, with its long Beetle history and sentimental appeal to the general public.
The 1961 model, one of the best-selling vehicles of its time, included push-button door handles but otherwise kept most of the original Beetle’s frame.
10. Hindustan Contessa
The Hindustan Contessa, one of the few luxury vehicles made in India at the time it was released on the market in 1983, is one of India’s most recognizable vintage vehicles. The Contessa was still being produced by Hindustan Motors in 2002.
Contessa, the prototypical Indian muscle vehicle, was roomy and luxurious but fell short due to its subpar construction and maintenance. The Contessa, which has long been the vehicle of choice for Bollywood villains, was a stunning show of elegance and one of the quickest cars available, adored and wanted by everybody.