People across India have offered to restore the
first Maruti 800 car
after Hindustan Times reported that the vehicle, now a piece of history, is dying a slow death after its owner Harpal Singh and his wife Gulshanbeer Kaur passed away. Many showed an interest in buying the car built in 1983.
Singh died in 2010 and Kaur died two years later. The couple’s Green Park home has been locked since then. Their two daughters live in separate areas of South Delhi with their husbands and are unable to take care of the car. It was last taken out for a spin one-and-half years ago.
People poured out their emotions about the car’s current state through Twitter, Facebook, emails and phone calls, and wished that the Maruti 800, which symbolised middle class aspirations for the longest time, could be kept in a museum. They shared their own experiences with the Maruti and how they learnt driving in it.