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DC Avanti did 16,000 km without registration – Confiscated by Mumbai RTO

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A luxury sports car was impounded while on its way to a hotel at Mira Road in Mumbai. The car in question is DC Avanti, also known as India’s first sportscar. As per Mumbai RTO officials, the car did not have any valid registration papers and nor did it sport a number plate.

The car was caught by the flying squad of Mumbai’s Regional Transport Authorities headed by a team of officers that included Anandram Wagle, Uttam Jadhav and Gunvant Nikam. It is estimated that the INR 35 lakh vehicle would have been subject to a minimum of INR 4 lakhs tax which the owner wanted to evade.

Image - Times of India
Image – Times of India

A show cause notice has been issued to the owner of the vehicle who is a resident of Pune. It has also emerged that the owner had purchased the car from a Pune dealer. The car was not sent for inspection or registration with the local transport authorities and it is yet to be ascertained how this vehicle made its way from Pune to Mumbai with no number plate and was not spotted while the sports car has also clocked over 16,000 kms.

DC Avanti is India’s first sportscar. It is manufactured by DC Design at the plant on the outskirts of Pune. A two seater, it is powered by a Renault sourced 2.0 liter petrol engine which is mated to a 6 speed manual gearbox. The engine is rated to deliver 250 bhp at 5,500 rpm and 340 Nm of torque between 2,750 and 5,000 rpm. The car retails at about INR 35-40 lakh. Read our DC Avanti Review.

Image - Mumbai Live
Image – Mumbai Live

In another equally surprising incident, two buses have been caught sporting the same registration number MH 04 FK 73. Interestingly, there are three buses with the same no, investigation revealed. While two of the buses runs under the banner of General Travels, the identity of the third bus owner is yet unknown. The two buses are in police custody and further investigations are underway to find out how both buses came to sport the same registration number. Just like DC Avanti, Senior RTO Police officer Anandram Wagle is helping with the investigation in the bus case as well.