Hindustan Contessa was India's first homegrown Muscle car which gave Indians their first taste of performance and paved the way for performance-oriented vehicles.
The first Hindustan Contessa rolled out of the factory in 1984. It was unlike any other car, Indians have ever witnessed. It was a luxury car and a Muscle car at the same time. At that time, cars like Fiat Premier Padmini and HM Ambassador were the only relevant cars plying on Indian roads. They were at least 2 decades old and the advent of the New Contessa made them look like the dinosaurs. The level of space offered in the Hindustan Contessa along with a long list of features, that was unheard of at that time, made it a car of prestige and status.
ARRIVAL OF THE CONTESSA