The Hindustan Ambassador is an automobile manufactured by Hindustan Motors of India. It was in production from 1958 to 2014 with few improvements and changes over its production lifetime.
It is based on the Morris Oxford series III model, first made by Morris Motors Limited at Cowley. The Ambassador was the first car to be made in India and was once a status symbol, but began losing its dominance in the mid-1980s when Maruti Suzuki introduced its low-priced 800 hatchback.
The Ambassador has remained the choice of bureaucrats and politicians, usually in white with a red beacon on top and a chauffeur at the wheel. It is also still in use as a taxi in some Indian cities.
Despite its British origins, the Ambassador is considered as a definitive Indian car and is fondly called the "king of Indian roads".
Declared the best taxi in the world by Top Gear (2002 TV series) in Episode 2 of their 20th Series.
Hindustan Motors Ambassador has a unique record of being the longest produced model by any manufacturer globally