The Chinkara roadster
The Rs. 7 lakh-odd Chinkara made by an Alibaug-based
couple is India's only roadster.
The Chinkara car has been around for more than an year now. Too bad
they don't have a website - I really would like to set up one
for them. This car is wild - it was created by a
husband-wife team in Alibaug near Mumbai. Now this car - named
the Chinkara - is available at approximately Rs 7,00,000 apiece.
would anyone want to buy the Chinkara? Here are a few reasons.
is the only car available in the market right now which is a
roadster. There is no other car in India which can satisfy your
craving for the perfect wind-in-the-hair motoring. The closest
car that one can think about is the San Storm from San Motors.
But then, its a convertible, and not a true blue roadster.
the price of any new mid-size car, now you can have a car that
will make everyone on the street stand and stare at you.
car, as it is manufactured out of locally made components, can
be easily repaired by any roadside mechanic on the streets of
So why am I not going out and buying it rightaway? Oh
well, I am not sure about how the banks would react if I told
them I need a loan to buy a car called Chinkara, a roadster,
made by a husband and wife team. Maybe they will be kind. Maybe
they won't be. I have a mortal fear of banks and the creatures
that inhabit them that I do not want to go there and find out
whether they are willing to furnish me a loan to buy a
roadster car called Chinkara.
This may not be the case for the rest of you, so think about the
Here is the latest on the Chinkara
roadster at the Auto
Times of India:
Leading the show stealers is a Mumbai-based firm Chinkara Cars, which has developed a two-seater sports car. The car has been developed indigenously by a husband-wife team. The team has already got confirmed orders from JK group's Gautam Singhania and Shrinik Baldoota of Greater Mumbai Bank.
Priced at Rs 6.7 lakh, the Chinkara has borrowed its suspension, steering system and brake columns from Maruti and is powered by an Isuzu 1.8 litre petrol engine sourced from Hindustan Motors. "It makes the car easy to maintain and can be fixed by any mechanic or garage owner. It started as hobby but has now transformed into a profession," says Shama Bothe of Chinkara Cars. It takes her over three months to produce and deliver one car. Buoyed by the response to her first attempt, Bothe is now planning to produce replicas of AC Cobra and the Ford GT-40.
To read a road test of the Chinkara, please go to www.bsmotoring.com
and search for Chinkara.