Photo of the last Maruti 800 rolling off production line
The first Maruti 800 small car was sold back in 1983, to Harpal Singh in New Delhi (DIA 6479). He still drives his 800. After more than 30 years in service, and over 2.9 million sold, the production of India’s iconic car, Maruti 800 stopped on 18th January 2014. This last car went to a dealership in Shillong.
The photo you see above, is of the final Maruti 800. Seen in Firebrick Red color, the roll-off of the last Maruti 800 was an emotional affair not only for the employees of Maruti you see in the image, but hundreds of thousands of Indians, who cherished the 800 as their first car, or aspired to buy Maruti 800 as their first car.
Priced at Rs 48,000 at launch, Maruti 800 was an expensive affair in those days. Hit among the youth, Maruti soon collected over 125,000 bookings for the car, this is when they had a manufacturing capacity of 100,000 units a year.
Over the years, Maruti 800 went through a lot of changes in design. In 2013, Maruti sold over 20,000 units of 800. Their sales were hugely affected since 2010 when Maruti decided not to offer the 800 with a BSIV compliant engine. This straightaway removed Maruti 800 off the shelves of 13 major Indian cities. Towards the end, Maruti 800 was priced at about Rs 2 lakh. Though the production of Maruti 800 has ended, it’s spares and parts will be available for the next 8-10 years. (Image via)