Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bollywood Star Set for UK Comeback?

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Bollywood Star Set for UK Comeback?

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Britain's booming love-affair with all things Bollywood could see the return of a classic British car design dating back more than half a century.

Plans currently being hatched could see the return of a real retro car to Britain's roads ( not just a modern interpretation of an old design, but the old design itself in the shape of the Hindustan Ambassador, which is built in India and based on the 1948 Morris Oxford.

Used by families, businesses, taxi drivers and even the Prime Minister of India, the design of the car ( nicknamed the Amby ( has hardly changed from the 1940s original.

Now a Welsh garage owner is planning to build a new version of India's legendary "people's car" ( and the hope is that the project could create hundreds of jobs in Wales.

Merlin Garages of Carmarthenshire is the UK's only importer of the Ambassador and owner David Darrell is planning a new, soft-top version of the car for the British market.

Eventually, Mr Darrell hopes that he might also get a contract to design and build a hard-top version for India complete with air conditioning. …

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