This Resto-modded Hindustan Contessa Looks Like A Ford Mustang

by Harish Kumar | 27/07/2020
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Here’s a Hindustan Contessa that's been tastefully modified to look a lot like the iconic Ford Mustang muscle car. Read on to discover further.

Hindustan Motors started the automobile industry of India and had a few highly-respected cars over a period of almost 70 years. Although the current market is being dominated by Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai, Honda, etc. as of now, everyone still holds a decent nostalgia for the Hindustan Motors vehicles.

modified hm contessa exterior front three quarters

When talking about HM cars, people mention the Ambassador as the “longest-running Indian car in production”. However, it’s another offering – the Contessa that won thousands of hearts and minds for its muscle design and premium status. Hindustan Contessa was a very popular and expensive car during its time of existence. The love for the Contessa lasts so long that there are a lot of tastefully resto-modded examples of Contessa in India. However, this resto-modded HM Contessa is special. Here’s a Hindustan Contessa modified to be the iconic Ford Mustang from the 1960s. Let’s check it out.


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Ford Mustang is an iconic muscle car that is still going strong around the globe. Whereas, the HM Contessa was the very must muscle car in India which was based on the Vauxhall VX. Sharing some straight lines and muscular treatment in common, the modified HM Contessa now resembles the old-gen Ford Mustang, which will certainly take the onlookers aback. The HM Contessa has been thoroughly remodelled to look like an older Ford Mustang from the 60s. Since the Contessa was considered the first muscle car (aesthetically) in India, it becomes a perfect model to build a Mustang-lookalike muscle car in a more reasonable budget. Initially, the stock HM Contessa was in extremely poor condition so it was quite a meticulousness to modify the Hindustan car into the Mustang.

modified contessa exterior front angle

In all effort to mimic the exterior appearance of the Mustang, the modifier has given the modified HM Contessa an all-new bodywork. The front end of the HM Contessa features a signature Mustang grille that houses a Pony emblem flanked by two lamps at either side. There’s also a thin metal bumper combined with other elements to make the Contessa a loveable Mustang remake.


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Over the side, the two-door layout of the stock car has been replaced by the four-door units. The rear end of the car features three circular pods that serve as the taillights on either side, along with a different pod acting as a brake, reverse and indicator light. The boot area of the car looks sleek and complements the overall styling design of the vehicle.

modified hm contessa cabin layout

Changes were made to the interior of the modified HM Contessa as well. It received a dual-tone red and beige colour theme that really spruced things up around the cabin of the vehicle. The aftermarket steering wheel of the Mustang-inspired HM Contessa looks good with a combination of red, black and silver accents. The Contessa also gets custom seats with brightly yellow upholstery which further elevates the dynamic look on the inside. There are new matching materials on the gear lever and door pads of the car that again, showcases the meticulous detailing level of the modification.


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This resto-modded Contessa-Mustang here makes use of an 1817 cc water-cooled petrol motor option that could put out 85 HP of power at 5,000 rpm and 135 Nm of peak torque at 3,000 rpm. It comes front disc brakes with yellow callipers along with drum brakes for the rear wheels.

All in all, this Hindustan Contessa modified to look like the Ford Mustang is one of the best examples of resto-modded models we’ve ever witnessed. The charisma from the Ford Mustang fits well with the original Contessa’s shape and thanks to the scrupulous modifier, the HM Contessa has been brought back to glory.

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