Finding an HM Contessa on sale in pristine condition is next to impossible, This one, however, is looking out for a new owner, and is modified to feature 2 doors only.
Hindustan Motors’ Contessa is known as the first muscle car of the country. Though, it was neither an Indian car nor a muscle car. The HM Contessa was based on the Vauxhall Victor VX Series, which was a 4-door saloon. However, it looked like an American muscle due to its classic silhouette. And, for the same reason, the Contessa continues to enjoy a cult following around the Indian enthusiasts after being discontinued for almost 2 decades. As last Contessa was produced in 2002, finding a neat and clean example is a daunting task. But this one here is on sale and can be a decent pick to experience how it feels to live with a cult classic.
The car belongs to Ishdeep Singh, who hails from Ludhiana, Punjab. It has been completely restored to look like it has just rolled off the production line. Also, the car has been customized to feature 2-doors in place of 4 doors. This modification has been performed by Professional Certificate Motor, situated in Moga, Punjab. To get rid of the rear doors, the wheelbase of the car has been shortened by a few inches. It also misses out on the front and rear bumpers, and a get an all-black grille on the nose.
The OEM-spec 13-inch steel rims are also replaced with new dual-tone 5-spoke 17-inch aftermarket alloy wheels. They are shod with 205-section tyres for some extra grip. The suspension has been tuned as well to fit these massive rims in the wheel arches.
This HM Contessa features the OEM-spec 1.8L petrol motor.
The car has been repainted with Pearl White colourway of the Tata Safari with a 7-layer coating. The interior of the car is also customized. While the dashboard features original instrument console, it gets an aftermarket touchscreen display for the infotainment system. The owner, although, claims that it gets a powerful AC unit, it misses out on the AC vents, as they are replaced with wire mesh. The stock steering wheel is replaced with a sportier one with a minimalist feel to it. The car was registered till 2016, and its registration is now expired, but it can be renewed again.