Check out this Maruti 800, which has been extensively modified to resemble an old Ford Mustang convertible.
Maruti 800 was the first truly affordable passenger car in India. Introduced back in 1983, the Maruti ‘800’ is responsible for shaping the Indian auto market into what it is today. The car prioritised fuel and affordability over everything else. Needless to say, the car was quite a hit with Indian buyers, and remained the best-selling car in our market, until that title was snatched by the Alto. Regardless, the popularity of the ‘800’ meant there were a few customised examples here and there. Here, we present one such car, from Shillong, which has been modified into a soft-top convertible.
Modified Convertible Top Opening | Maruti Car 800 | Fabian Lyngdoh
The video above, posted by Fabian Lyngdoh on his YouTube channel, shows a modified Maruti 800 roadster. It gets a folding cloth-roof, which fits behind the rear seats, in a neatly covered hollow space. The car seems to be immaculately designed, and all the custom parts look neatly integrated. At the front, we see a blacked-out grille inspired by old Ford Mustangs, complete with the mustang logo. Even the front bumper is new, and the headlamp housings extend forward in an aggressive manner, giving this car a sporty look. There is also a fake air scoop on the hood of the car.
At the side of the car, the biggest and most obvious change is the lack of a fixed roof. Other than that, we also see custom alloy wheels with a 10-spoke design. This car has been modified into a two-door version. The rear end of the car is completely new, with new taillamps design, a new bumper, and a custom-built spoiler. The last one isn’t functional though, but it sure looks cool! Sadly, Maruti 800 is not the structurally strongest car around. It was conceived in the early 80s, and remained almost unchanged even in its later generation. Such extensive modifications, especially the ones involving changes to the mechanical structure of the car, could be dangerous.
Although almost unrecognisable, this particular model seems to be the MPFI version of the second-gen model (1997 to 2014). It was powered by a 796cc, inline-3, naturally aspirated petrol engine, capable of generating a maximum power of 38 PS and a peak torque of 59 Nm. Structurally sound or not, we do think that this is one of the coolest and cleanest mod jobs we’ve ever seen in a while.