Yesterday, a Vintage Car Rally – “Monsoon Rally 2011” was held at Hyderabad on Tankbund. The Fiat Classic Club Hyderabad (FCCH) participated in the rally with 11 Fiat Cars of 1950’s and 1960’s. This event brought back fond memories of the “Fiat -Premier Padmini Deluxe Car, ADL 2210” I owned for 18 years.
Those were the days of only two brands of Cars in India, the Ambassador and Fiat. Driving in the twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad was a pleasure, with just a fraction of the present traffic and no parking problems. Today driving in the city has become cumbersome and irritating with chaotic traffic and high levels of pollution.
The photographs attached to this article speak about the long and memorable attachment we had with this Car. This Car is with a Petrol Engine of capacity 1089 cc, 40 bhp (Ord.) and 48 bhp (S1), Torque of 70.6 Nm at 3000 rpm, a wheel base of 2340 mm, length of 3905 mm and width of 1460 mm. Seating and driving comfort were quite good and more than all the purpose it served for 18 years is excellent and the fond memories it left are forever!