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CORTINA 13th April 2011 01:46 PM

Maruti 800 (SS80) - An Indian Classic
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Since today is My birthday I decided to start this thread dedicated for SS80 or the First generation Maruti 800 produced from 1983 - 85 as birthday gift to myself as this is my favourite cars hope mods don't mind it[:D].
On a serious note,I will not focus on the History of Maruti which I feel requires a seperate thread.What I will focus on is about is its variants available and other minute things.Though by current standards this car doesn't qualify as a classic but I still prefer to call it a classic

1.Background - SS80

The first Generation Maruti 800 was actually based on 1979 first generation Suzuki Alto which was in producton from 1979 to 1983.The 1979 Suzuki Alto was also sold in Pakistan from 1982 onwards as Suzuki Mehran and later as Suzuki FX.
The Maruti 800 produced as per Japanese Govrenment Kei car specification which dicated strict adherence to length, width and engine size.The Kei cars are a special category of cars in Japan where owner of the vehicle does not require to show proof of parking space to own the car.
The Suzuki alto in Japan was powered by 660cc engine for home market but a 800cc engine for export market.Since there was no rule regarding engine size in India in 1980s the bigger 800cc engine was chosen.


The first generation Maruti 800 or SS80 as it is called affectionately by enthusiasts came in three variants -
  • standard
  • with A/C
  • Deluxe - it had a digital clock,Stanley leather seats ,clarion HI FI stereo with two speakers, HVAC,tinted glass,three point seatbelts,velvet floor mats and carpets
A total of some 20000 or odd Maruti 800 ( SS80)were produced.This Deluxe variant is most sought after by SS80 enthusiasts.

The SS80 arrived in India in 1983 as CKD units with local content increasing from 15% for an early 1983 model to 27% for a late 1985 model.The car was priced at Rs 48000 for standard model in 1983 far cheaper than HM Contessa Classic which was priced close to Rs 80000(values are appprox)

3.Unique features to Maruti 800
  • First Front wheel drive car in India
  • Front Wheel Disc Brakes
  • First Four dor Hatchback in India
  • First car in Inda to have Headrests/Head restraints
  • First car to come with optional three point seat belts
4.Some unknown facts

This car commanded premium in those days with allotment letter itself fetched Rs 20,000 in grey market.Now this car slowly becoming a collectible car with prices for a decent Standard model fetching anywhere between Rs 60,000 to 1,00,000 lakh( approx) or even more for deluxe model with low mileage and in concurs condition.

The car was powered by F8B engine - 796cc Mikuni carburettor 39BHP driiving front wheels through a four speed floor mounted speed shift.Te ar weighed 610 kgs for standard variant.

5. Nostaglic Family Moments
My Family's first car was - standard variant of Maruti 800 bought in 1985.It's engine was overhauled twice and covered 3 lakh odd kilometres in 22 years.Some pictures of our car( below)

Thats me in front of our Maruti 800
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My father sitting in the car - Circa 1985
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P.S -What I have written is just a miniscule information what is out there so I request all members to share pictures and other inforamtion about this wonderful car which bought motoring to masses.
( source for 1. information - AutocarIndia , Maruti 800 Manual
2.Photos - Famly archive and Wikipedia{Blue Maruti 800})

Umang 13th April 2011 06:23 PM

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hey man excellent thread and SS80 is definately classic. happy birthday to you!! [:)]

bharathj85 13th April 2011 07:09 PM

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Wow my favorite car. I still own a 1984 SS80DX.

CORTINA 13th April 2011 08:20 PM

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@umang -thanks a lot.[:D]
@bharath - Do post pictures of your car.

A Maruti 800 ( SS80) was used as a Display vehicle in Competent Motor Showroom in Moti Nagar for some time.
This car was restored to pristine condition but had some non period interiors enhancement and Tyre rims from new Maruti 800.(Picture Below)
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Intresting Facts
The First Maruti 800 produced was presented to Lord Venkateshwara of Trimula Venkateswara temple

bharathj85 14th April 2011 10:59 AM

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Here are the pics and you can read my ownership review of my car's here

AMG 14th April 2011 11:48 AM

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The only Maruti 800 I would like to own, someday.

This car is to India what the original beetle was to Germany.

CORTINA 14th April 2011 05:03 PM

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@bharat - both of your cars are lovely esecially SS80[thumbsup].The SS80 requires a original Right side ORVM and some polishing.

CORTINA 6th June 2011 07:35 PM

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Yesterday afternoon I spotted this Maruti 800(SS80) in Moti Bagh , New Delhi wth original mettalic strip in the rear tailgate , original wheel caps.The only thing not original was the beige interior trim of the car.There was no visible rust and paint was in good condition

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350Z 6th June 2011 07:39 PM

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The owner must be an enthusiast. The car is looking lovely with beige interiors. Recently I spotted all three generation Maruti 800s parked together at Petrol Pump. It was such a great and not-so-common sight. I regret for not keeping the camera.

Drive Safe,

sakmji 15th July 2011 07:37 PM

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Bought a SS80 1985 Model in this March 2011 and Restored

350Z 15th July 2011 09:23 PM

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That's a very well maintained SS80. Congratulations!

Drive Safe,

Vishwas 5th September 2011 10:59 AM

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Nice to see these owners showing some love to them[thumbsup].Well done friends do keep this thread updated

point_city96 5th September 2011 11:27 AM

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Congrats for the car.Nice that you restored it.
I love the looks of this car especially the front,the side,rear,yes everything

Surfer 5th September 2011 12:17 PM

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I was not even borned at that time [:D] lovely cars

Umang 5th September 2011 12:25 PM

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found this pic of nicely moded ss80 from google.

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