To an Indian, the Maruti 800 needs no introduction. With
over 2.6 million examples sold in India over a production run spanning 3
decades, this is India’s quintessential people’s car which liberated the
country from the shackles of outdated gas guzzling cars
For the uninitiated, this car featured here is the second
generation Maruti 800 produced in 1995. Based on the Japanese Suzuki Alto /
Fronte (code name SB308), the engineers at Suzuki wouldn’t have thought even in
their wildest dreams that a tiny kei car
designed for the narrow city streets of Japan will become a developing nation’s
most loved car.
Although made in India, every nut and bolt in this car is a shining example of Japanese principles of lasting build and exceptional quality.
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While there is no dearth of 800s in India, it is becoming increasingly
difficult to find pristine and well-maintained examples from the 80s and 90s. Although
interest in these cars has picked up in recent times, it’s high time we
conserved this piece of Indian automotive heritage for the years to come.