We all knew the day was coming but when the news finally broke that Hindustan Motors was officially suspending the production of the iconic Ambassador cars, it was indeed a hard pill to swallow. For those who grew up in the pre-millennium era, the Ambassador was more than a great car, it was part of the family, it was a symbol of our nation. Here are 12 Reasons Why the Ambassador Will Always have a special place in our hearts.

1. As a kid the one car you always felt the safest in was the sturdy, loyal Ambassador.

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2. No other car looks as good with the screaming siren on top as the Ambassador.

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3. Before there were family cars and SUVS, all our country had was the Ambassador.

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4. There was a time when you heard VIP car, the only image that came to your mind was that of an Ambassador.

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5. When you were a kid and you were asked to draw a car, it was always the Ambassador you came up with.

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6. Perhaps the only car from an earlier generation with ample leg space, boot space and seating space.

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7. Every young Indian driver has heard the saying “If you know how to drive an Ambassador, then you can drive any other car in the world”.

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8. It looked damn good in any colour although the one colour that it looked truly majestic in was of course ‘white’.

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9. Our hearts beat faster with hope and anticipation when the concept Ambassador designed by Dilip Chhabria went viral a few years back.

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10. For multiple Indian generations, the word cab and the name Ambassador were synonymous.

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11. No wonder it was rated as the best Taxi in the world by BBC Top Gear.

12. And lastly, Indian street art never looked this great on any other car.

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Here’s a little farewell note on Amby by Bodhisatwa Dasgupta .

From 1958 to 2014, Amby, you have come a long way. Although we may never see a new ambassador on our roads again, let’s hope the ones that are there right now, stick around for a while.

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