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Ravi Shastri’s iconic Audi 100 absolutely restored | Autocar India

Written by Rashmi

Arguably India’s most well-known Audi, the Audi 100 awarded to Ravi Shastri in 1985 has been restored by Gautam Singhania’s Tremendous Automobile Membership Storage.

The enduring Audi 100 that former Indian cricketer Ravi Shashtri gained on the 1985 Benson and Hedges World Championship of Cricket has been extensively restored by the Tremendous Automobile Membership Storage (SCCG). The keys of the restored automobile have been handed over to Shastri by Gautam Singhania, proprietor of SCCG and the chairman and managing director of Raymond Group, at a particular occasion on Friday.

  • Ravi Shastri gained the Audi 100 in 1985
  • Was one of many first Audis to come back to India
  • Restored automotive consists of former cricketer’s signature on the fenders

Prized possession

Maybe one among India’s most iconic Audis, the gold Audi 100 was awarded to Ravi Shastri in Australia when he was conferred the Participant of the Match title after India’s victory over Pakistan within the closing. “This [the Audi 100] is particular in some ways, it is likely one of the first Audis to ever come into India,” the previous India coach mentioned.

He added that the then Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi, had waived all of the import duties enabling Shastri to carry the automotive in India. “It’s undoubtedly a automotive that made me, my staff, and the entire nation proud,” he added. In a tweet, Shastri known as the Audi 100 a “nationwide asset”.

On the occasion, Shastri additionally narrated an incident the place he was too scared to drive the automotive again to his house in Mumbai’s Mahim space from the docks the place it had arrived. “There have been about 10,000 folks on the docks simply to see the automotive. I used to be so nervous to drive it that I requested one of many Audi officers to drive it house for me,” he mentioned.

Shastri used the automotive for a very long time till sourcing the elements for it grew to become troublesome. The automotive was then largely sitting idle for almost 10 years earlier than Gautam Singhania and the Tremendous Automobile Membership Storage determined to carry it again to life.

Audi 100: the restoration

The automotive has been restored to its authentic state with the identical paint and inside upholstery. It took the SCCG slightly beneath a 12 months to utterly restore the Audi 100. “When the automotive received right here, it was not working the least bit,” Singhania mentioned. The restoration staff needed to utterly strip the automotive and rebuild it from scratch.

As a result of Audi 100 isn’t a quite common automotive, sourcing elements was a problem. All of the elements used on the automotive are authentic, and needed to be sourced from completely different international locations. One of many restorers of the automotive mentioned that sourcing the engine elements was most troublesome. “Nonetheless, with painstaking efforts, we have been in a position to get the automotive again on the highway,” Singhania mentioned.

The unique color code was procured from the producer, whereas the engine, wiring and the air con have been all labored on on the SCCG. On seeing the restored automotive, Shastri exclaimed, “This appears just like the automotive I gained!”

The one adjustments that SCCG has carried out to the Audi is the inclusion of the previous cricketer’s signatures on the fenders and new wheels.

Audi 100 and Audi A6

Audi launched the 100 as a midsize sedan in 1968. Primarily based on the C1 platform, the title was derived from the ability output of 100hp that it produced. The 100 sequence lasted for 4 generations until 1993 earlier than it was renamed to A6 beneath Audi’s new naming scheme. The mannequin owned by Ravi Shastri is the third-generation model of the 100. Whereas the precise technical particulars of his automotive are unknown, it sports activities a five-cylinder engine and a 4-speed automated transmission. 

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