Our MARUTI 800

I guess I should change the tittle to “our purani MARUTI 800″.  No, it is not so old -1998 model (of which my dad is very proud). This car is a gift to my sister after she scored 80 % in her all India boards some 11 years back. (Honestly, why didn’t you set up something like this car has to be the one with an air conditioner and a stereo!)

This dates back to 19th June 1998- we went to the showroom, got this car driven to our home and for the next 7 yrs it was a just a piece of decoration for our lawns. Then my sister started driving it and it got all the dents and scratches that a car on the Delhi roads should have (without which it can’t be tagged with a “Delhi car”, to hell with the number plate).

Then in 2008 our MARUTI 800 1998 “non ac” model suddenly finds itself installed with an air conditioner. But what can be expected from this old fellow. No matter how good it looks from outside, it still has got a 800 cc engine. It used to die whenever we were driving on flyovers or going over 60 kmph. You could hear the engine barking faintly “either me or the AC.” *sigh*

So the ac has to dismantlement from the car. And finally here I’m with this prized possession of my dad, wherever we go. Uff! Don’t ask!

You know you are having an antique savari at your place when:

1) You climb the car with all donned up and due to the killing heat you turn on the blower, and wow! The spectacular dust particles add some shimmers to you face! ( If you are really fair, turn on the blower and voila! You get the dusky look, that’s just so “in” these days’ in just a few seconds without spending anything!)

2) Even going for a 10 km drive, you have to get your royal carriage have a trip to the service station, after all you never know when it gets tired!

3)You have to spend a huge fortune to get your car fixed up. And the huge fortune means amount that is probably much more higher than the current market price of the car.

Anyway, there is no way that we can get rid of this car. My dad loves it, and yes may be, I love it too.

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  3. Seems like the Maruti Magic worked on this blog!
    I agree with eveyone commented here, old is gold 😀
    N thanks for the compliment @arun:)
    ya…soon you’ll finding me driving this car when you come here around this durga puja 😀

  4. every family has a loved possession like this…
    they r like grandparents…difficult to take care of …yet u jus love em…
    Loved the bit about “Me or the AC” n dusky look…very funny…

  5. hmmm…”purani Maruti 800″ maltab time for a new car….:)
    I also remember some drives in your Maruti 800 ….the one during the Durga Puja and some during the holidays when I use to came at your place.. 🙂
    Lots of memories with that car.. I can understand your attachment with the car 🙂

  6. I understand how he feels. I was distraught when my dad sold off his vijay Super that I has dreamed of refurbishing.


  7. A correction

    its not 800 cc engine its 796 cc .. it shud make a difference to an engineer if not to the world LoL
    My dad too sold our Maruti after 17 years he had bought it in 1991 😛

  8. It surely must be a pride possession, I couldn’t think of selling my first car..Santro..no matter how much i admire these new and tough SUVs and Audies..

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