Hindustan Motors's Contessa is often called as the Indian muscle car. However, this one is modified to look like one.
In the 80s, there were not many options to choose from like we have today. Nevertheless, from those few options, some have attained the status of cult classics. And, Hindustan Motors Contessa is surely one of them. Based on Vauxhall Victor, the Contessa looks like a 4-door muscle car. Sadly, it was discontinued in the year 2002. But a lot of them can still be spotted on the roads. A few of them have been restored to their original avatar, while some have been modified to resemble the American Muscles of the late 80s. Here’s one as well, and it has been customized to resemble a Dodge Challenger, which is Vin Diesel's car of choice in the Fast & Furious franchisee.
The minuscule front bumper is a giveaway that it isn't the original Challenger.
First look on this example reveals that the mod job has been performed by a set of trained hands. The front face has been redesigned to mimic the Challenger from the time of yore. The signature quad-lamp setup of the Challenger is also imitated neatly. A new grille and bumper have been used to keep it in line with the Challenger. We admit that it grabs a lot of eyeballs with its bright orange paint scheme.
The modifications on this Contessa are not limited to the front facet only. On the sides, it now gets a 2-door setup with the elimination of the rear doors. The sheet metal of the front and rear fenders have also gone under the press to don new curves. The steelies are now replaced with a set of upsized alloys, which are finished in grey shade.
This particular example is a 1990 model year car and is currently on sale.
To the tail of this Contessa has been resculpted to match up with that of the Challenger. The tail lamps have been redesigned and are surrounded by a black vinyl wrap. The C-pillar is redesigned as well to fix a new windscreen. We are not aware of the modifications that are performed to its powertrain or drivetrain. However, this Contessa still retains the OEM-spec 1.8L N/A petrol engine, which came mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. The power output of this engine was measured at 88 PS, while it produced a peak torque of 135 Nm.