Know who was the Maruti's First Car Owner

  Know the first customer of Maruti who took Maruti 800 in 1983, what is the condition of the car now!

Maruti's First Car Owner: Harpal Singh was the lucky person who got the privilege of getting the keys of the first car of Maruti 800. The first Maruti 800 car of Maruti Suzuki was handed over to Harpal Singh, an employee of Indian Airlines. Taking the car keys from Indira Gandhi, her picture became a part of the Indian automobile industry.


Maruti's First Car Owner: Know Maruti's first customer who took Maruti 800 in 1983, what is the condition of the car now!

Maruti's First Car Owner: Whenever it comes to Maruti 800, there is definitely mention of Harpal Singh, who bought the country's first Maruti 800 car. After the arrival of Maruti 800 in the market, for the first time even middle-class people started thinking of getting a car and after its booking started, 1.35 lakh cars were booked in just two months. As a result, people had to put on long waiting lists to get the car, but Harpal Singh was the lucky person who got the privilege of getting the keys to the first Maruti 800 car.

Who was Harpal Singh?


Few people knew Harpal Singh of Delhi before 14th December 1983, but on this day along with the launch of Maruti 800, Harpal Singh got to know the whole world. In fact, the first Maruti 800 car of Maruti Suzuki was handed over to Harpal Singh, an employee of Indian Airlines. The picture of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi taking the keys to the car became a part of the Indian automobile industry.


How is the condition of Harpal Singh's car now?


The number plate of the Maruti 800 car that Harpal Singh had taken also became very popular, whose registration number is - DIA 6479. Harpal Singh also sold his Fiat car to buy a Maruti 800 car. Harpal Singh died in 2010 and after buying the first Maruti 800 car in 1983, he continued to drive the same car for the rest of his life. He believed that he got this car by the grace of God, so never sold it. After that the car has not driven on the road and was eating junk parked near their house in Green Park.

The car was restored, many people expressed their desire to buy

 

 After the death of Harpal Singh, no one used to drive his car, due to which it was getting spoiled due to junk. The pictures of his car parked on the side of the road also went viral on the internet. After that the car was taken to Maruti's service center and restored there. The car was restored not only from the outside but also from the inside. Although many people expressed their desire to buy this car, but the family of Harpal Singh did not sell this car.


Its journey started 4 decades ago

This story begins almost 4 decades ago in 1980, when liberalization started in India and Sanjay Gandhi had an ambitious dream. Unfortunately, Sanjay Gandhi died in a plane crash in June 1980, but his dream of bringing a cheap car for the middle class slowly took off. Then Maruti Suzuki, a company that started under the name of Maruti Udyog Limited, launched the cheapest car. This company was started under a joint venture between the Government of India and Suzuki Motor Company of Japan.

 

Record breaking booking done in two months



Maruti Suzuki started booking the car on 9 April 1983 and in just two months till 8 June, around 1.35 lakh cars were booked. If seen, this booking was huge even according to today's standard. The company launched its first car in the market in the name of Maruti 800, which was priced at only Rs 52,500 at that time. This car became famous not only for its price, but it was also easy to drive and its mileage was also good compared to the vehicles of that time.


Indira Gandhi wanted Sanjay Gandhi's dream to come true


RC Bhargava, non-executive chairman of Maruti Suzuki, says that all this did not happen suddenly, private transport was a little lower in the list of the government, because till then it was considered a luxury and a thing of the rich. Although the government used to focus on public transport at that time, but Indira Gandhi wanted the cheap car that Sanjay Gandhi had dreamed of, that he should be alive even after his death. This is the reason that the government also provided some help for this company. It is also said that the government had given exemption in custom duty for many parts and technology of this car, but the company denies this. At that time, there was no foreign company's share in any government company, but Maruti Suzuki emerged as an exception. At that time, the foreign company's stake was allowed up to 40 percent.

Maruti 800 discontinued after 31 years, may be relaunched

By the way, no one thought that the car that Sanjay Gandhi had dreamed of would become so popular among the people that it would dominate the market for 31 years. Even today Maruti Suzuki cars are very much liked by the people, but Maruti 800 was discontinued a few years back in 2014. In these 31 years, the company sold about 27 lakh Maruti 800 cars. In its place, the company launched Alto 800 in the market, which also got a lot of love from the people. However, there are also reports that the government may once again relaunch the Maruti 800.