hey guys we lost out on SIPANI DOLPHIN Sipani Automobiles Ltd
was an Indian car
manufacturer established in 1973, located in Bangalore
. They mainly manufactured subcompact cars with fibreglass bodies. They also took over Auto Tractors Limited in 1991 and manufactured diesel engines and tractors in the old ATL factory in Pratapgarh, Uttar Pradesh
It was also used in rallies in the 1987
In 1982 the company began production of India's first three-wheeled car, a four-door model called the Badal
. This was not a success, even though a four-wheeled version called "Badal 4" was developed. Sipani instead switched to building a copy of the British four-wheeled, three-door Reliant Kitten
under the name Sipani Dolphin
. The standard version of the Dolphin
was light blue in colour. Being light and comparably powerful by Indian standards of the day, the Dolphin became known as a fast car and saw some competition success in India. Production of the Dolphin
was eclipsed by the advent of the Maruti 800
, to compete a five-door version of the Dolphin was developed, called the "Montana".
Later they produced a car called the Sipani Montana D1
, which had a body copied in plastic from a second generationDaihatsu Charade
but equipped with an Indian-built Mitsubishi-Shakti diesel engine
intended for a mini-tractor. These cars were very small players; in the fiscal year 1989-90 a mere 290 automobiles were built by Sipani.
Sipani lost money in most of these ventures, but owner R. K. Sipani somehow managed to get a contract to assemble theRover Montego
in India, following the market liberalization. It was not a success either: 236 cars left the factory in 1995, with only 51 more finding buyers in the next fifteen months. Sipani was running heavily into debt and was the subject of a rescue effort from India's Board for Industrial and Financial Reconstruction
in the late 1990s.