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Day 29 – Badge.

Badge

The most famous car badge in India, of the Hindustan Ambassador, the King of Indian Roads. An icon of Indian industry, an icon of government, the iconic taxi of all India until a few years ago. All over Delhi, the white Ambassador can be seen with their important passengers, from police chiefs to army top brass to government officials, sometimes with little flags on the front wing, often with tasselled curtains in the windows. No big Mercs or limos for them, a status symbol of Indian importance, Ambassador the badge of office, the badge of aspiration, a symbol of pride, of patriotism. Virtually unchanged from the old British, Morris Oxford of the 1950’s, a continual classic car show on the roads.

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