The Ambassador and I go back a long way – the first taxi pick up at Delhi airport some 25 years ago, the car of choice for moving around field sites, the car of choice when there was some strike that meant movement was restricted (the white Ambassador that I always seemed to have became an official car when a typed note was put on the front windshield to allow me through checkpoints). In fact, one of the things I really like about Kolkata is the fact that yellow Ambassadors are still the taxis.
I’m sure many of you will have similar experiences with them.
And now they are no more – their production finished. Just like my other favourite car – the VW Kombi – we won’t have the pleasure of these vehicles in the future. So sad, at least for me and my memories, but probably a lot more comfortable for others in the future!
I hang on to the ability to go ‘Non-AC’ at my local taxi stand in the Ambassador…