My 27 year old Premier Padmini.


Thread Starter #1
Joined
Jul 6, 2010
Messages
2,175
Likes
16
Location
Bangy
CIMG4278.JPG
1983. That was the year when my PP came into existence. A gray Deluxe BE with a magnificent black plastic grille and shiny wheel covers, w/o floor shift. It initially belonged to a then Minister, known to my grandad. A few years down the lane, the gentleman passes away, and the car is sold to someone, who in turn sells the car to my grandfather in 1989, for a 'princely' sum of Rs 60,000, with 35000 km on board, in not too bad a condition. It has served my grandfather and our family, ever since, giving us slightly less trouble than any other "Fiat".
CIMG4973.JPG
CIMG4975.JPG

Here is what my grandad and yours' truly feel about the PP.
Looks: What can one say about the Fiat 1100, the Italian beauty!
Performance: It has had enough grunt to let us negotiate through small towns, go upto 90-100 (my grampa claims 110, but he says he has not dared go above 90) on highways. At times, it sounds like it lacks power. It is just a 1061cc engine.

FE: 15 KMPL after getting a Maruti carb ([frustration]). The car also has an RTO approved LPG kit.
CIMG4985.JPG
Brakes: Until the Brake Cyl. kit was repaired, the brakes were just about satisfactory. Not really responsive, but they did the trick.
Handling & Stability: Cyrus should comment here. The last time I was in the car when it crossed 50-60kmh was very long ago.
Interiors: 2 rows of Bench seats. The front seat, better the less talked about, the rear seat, comfy enough. It has carried 5 people + a kid (when I was one) on many occasions.
CIMG4974.JPG
CIMG4980.JPG
CIMG4979.JPG
Reliability & AfSS: :lol!:
Anyway, better than an old amby in terms of reliability, most parts easy to source, some very tough to. Serviced at a garage trusted by grandad.

@Raj5004 & Ilango[Speedthirst]:
What do you think of my ICE?
CIMG4978.JPG

The PP was recently given "away" to a relative from my gandpa's uncle's village. I will get to see the car as and when I want, and will take the car back, after a few years, and restore, with inputs from Cyrus.
I guess I'm posting this really late. Anyway, my Maruti 800's and Indigo's reports are pending too.
 
Thread Starter #5
Joined
Jul 6, 2010
Messages
2,175
Likes
16
Location
Bangy
Yes, old Ambys and PP are disappearing fast in Bangalore. And the car is registered in the erstwhile state of Mysore. MEK
 
Joined
Sep 12, 2009
Messages
4,036
Likes
247
Location
Pondicherry
Good pics and report .
i hope it is in running condition , the radiator caps are missing.
my dad's friend owns up a pp still. - he services it once in 3 year. so bad of him.

ICE - i hope that is old gen speakers which are paper made. they accumulate dust but are best when used in home. My lancer had that model speakers in them- paper make. present days one are hard material

We can't say fiat lost its charm , its fading away. stylish compared to the amby - kinda youngster's car in those days!
 
Thread Starter #7
Joined
Jul 6, 2010
Messages
2,175
Likes
16
Location
Bangy
Thanks Ilango.
ilango[speed thirst];49023 said:
Good pics and report .
i hope it is in running condition , the radiator caps are missing.
my dad's friend owns up a pp still. - he services it once in 3 year. so bad of him.

ICE - i hope that is old gen speakers which are paper made. they accumulate dust but are best when used in home. My lancer had that model speakers in them- paper make. present days one are hard material
Oh really? The speakers in my Premier were fitted in the early 1980s.
 

Akash

Core Team
Joined
Sep 22, 2009
Messages
6,346
Likes
451
Location
NYC
Hey Arkin, nice report. Even my dad owned this italian beauty. We sold it about 6-7yr ago.
 
Joined
Oct 23, 2009
Messages
9,165
Likes
327
Location
Chennai
Oh great to see a PP owner here. Even we used to have one and that was also not floor shift. We sold it around 15 years ago when i was a small kid and then bought a TATA Sierra.

When was the pictures taken? I see the number plates are still in the old format! Yeah even i noticed the radiator caps are missing.

And BTW are you astonished by the FE of 15kmpl?! I am!!


But anyways the car looks to be in good condition!
 
Top Bottom