The very first Maruti car, the Maruti 800 rusts at the residence of its owner Harpal Singh in Delhi. Mammootty has shown keenness to purchase the car and restore it to its rightful glory.Harpal Singh with his family along with the first every Maruti 800. Photo Credit – Virendra Singh Gosain/ HT Photo
It was on 14th December 1983 that keys to the first Maruti 800 were handed over by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to owner Harpal Singh, who passed away in 2010. As on date the car is lying unused at his residence in Green Park in Delhi.
Report of this first Maruti 800 lying in a near dilapidated condition has drawn the attention of many car lovers in the country among who is Malayalam movie superstar Mammootty. An ardent car lover who also has a host of prized cars in his possession that include a Jaguar, Toyota Land Cruiser and some BMWs, is sad to note the condition of this very first Maruti 800 and wishes to purchase it from the family. Representatives will be visiting the Singh family in Delhi on the possibility of purchasing the car and if the family shows interest, Mammootty who is currently in Dubai will return to India to take the sale ahead.The car is lying unused, rusting to death. Photo Credit – Virendra Singh Gosain/ HT Photo
The first people’s car that went on to earn a cult status has not only attracted the attention of Mammootty but even TMC Leader Derek O’Brian and Hormazd Sorabjee Editor Autocar India have shown interest in purchasing this car. Tarun Thakral, General Manager of Le Meridien Delhi is also keen on getting hold of this car which he plans on displaying at the Heritage Transport Museum founded by him in Gurgaon.Even Sachin Tendulkar had Maruti 800 as his first car. Photo – Indian Express.
The family of Singh has been given three options by Maruti officials who suggest that the car could be kept at the museum owned by Suzuki in Japan, it could be on display at the company’s corporate office in Vasant Kunj or it could be displayed at the Maruti Suzuki factory in Manesar in Gurgaon after being restored. Though no details are revealed it is the second option that the family could find most favorable.
via Hindustan Times