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Vintage looks meet modern motoring with the Hindustan Ambassador and Oxford

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Looking for a vintage motor, but put off by the possible maintenance costs? The Hindustan Ambassador and Oxford could be for you.

It’s not exactly the new Fiat 500 – it’s actually a car range that has been in production in India (with slight changes) since the 1950s, based on the British Morris Oxford. In fact, it has been described as the ‘definitive’ Indian car.

But you can pick up both the Ambassador and Oxford in the UK, via exclusive importer Merlin Garages in Carmarthenshire, Wales. The rough ‘n’ ready Ambassador (pictured above) has an 1800mpfi engine, a 5-speed gearbox and all the basics you would expect, as well as being able to get 33 miles to the gallon. Oh yes – and that authentic 1950s styling.


The Hindustan Oxford is the more upmarket model, adding leather seats, a retro dashboard, Oxford badges, power steering, CD player, sports gear lever, stainless steel hub caps and the option of two tone paint effects.

Prices start at £9,500 for the Ambassador, £11,000 for the Oxford. Contact the garage for more details and a test drive.

Find out more at the Merlin Garages website

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