The 1981 Ambassador model with modifications looks modern retro

The Ambassador of Hindustan is a car dear to many car enthusiasts. It was the first car ever made in India. It quickly became a status symbol among wealthy families and also carried politicians and high-ranking officials for years. Ambassador was taken off the market in 2014 and is no longer available for sale. Even today, there are several well-maintained examples of Hindustan Ambassador cars in India. Some of them kept the original car while many modified or customized it to make it more convenient for them. Here we have such an Ambassador Mark 4 which is getting modifications worth Rs 8 lakh.

The video was uploaded by Customs based in Mangalore, kamcustoms on their YouTube channel. Looks like the theme here was to give the Ambassador a modern retro look. The first thing one would notice on this Ambassador is the custom paint job. The front grille of the Ambassador now bears the Ambassador lettering which looks great on the car. The halogen headlights have been replaced with aftermarket LED units that come with ring type LED DRLs that also become turn signals. The round turn indicator below is now also LED.

The bumper has been slightly revised and it now has an integrated LED fog light. The car’s nickel-plated bumper was retained. As for the side profile, the steel rims have been replaced with aftermarket alloy rims. The Ambassador’s original ORVMs have been replaced with an electrically adjustable and foldable ORVM. The door handles remain original, but the car now benefits from a central locking function. The trunk receives the chrome trim and the tailgate has been personalized. The rear lights are now LED units and the bumper is nickel plated.

Upon moving in, the car receives several customizations like a bespoke or fabricated dashboard. The car is upholstered in leather on all seats, door panels and parts of the dashboard. Regarding the seats, the original seats of this ambassador have been replaced. The car now gets electrically adjustable seats from Skoda in the front. The rear also receives captain’s chairs. The car now offers power windows, air conditioning, ambient lights and many more features. The stock steering wheel was replaced with a unit from Mahindra Scorpio. It does, however, have the HM logo on it. The car also benefits from a push-button start function.

An aftermarket touchscreen infotainment system from Pioneer is installed there. A set of 4 speakers and a subwoofer have been installed in the car for an enhanced audio experience. The car is now equipped with a cable operated fuel lid opener. One of the major updates to this Hindustan Ambassador is the engine itself. The Ambassador seen here in the video started life as a gasoline-powered vehicle. The gasoline engine was replaced by an Isuzu diesel engine. The car also gets an ARC composite leaf spring with gas shock absorbers. Overall the car looks neat and modern without losing its retro character.