After years of constant complaints with Mercedes Benz dealership regarding a possible defective product in the first place Sudeep Aggarwal, decided to take things to his own hands. In a fit of rage precipitated by the apathetic behavior of the service center personnels, he drove his defective Mercedes into the showroom.
A passionate Land Rover enthusiast after his 15 year search for his dream machine, finally discovered a Land Rover Defender 90 assembled in Solihull, Warwickshire, England somewhere in Gangtok, Sikkim.This particular vehicle has been poorly maintained and was in dire need of attention before this enthusiast discovered it. The vehicle according to the author of this post from Team-BHP, is currently undergoing restorations to its former glory and might need a transfer case.
For the new comers Land Rover Defender 90 started its production in 1983, and was assembled in England, Malaysia and Turkey. The vehicle had its intial badging as Land Rover 90, but after the introduction of the Land Rover Discovery, the badging was changed to Defender 90.
In September 1949 a sealed envelope came addressed to a British REME Officer named Ivan Hirst which rewrote the history of industrial production in Germany. Earlier that year Officer Hirst found an ingenious way of using a bombed out factory to address the shortage of light vehicles for the transportation requirements of the British Army stationed in Germany. This dilapidated production facility later went on to become a symbol for the entire Germany. It became immediately clear after the long and immensely perilous war, the German people were ready to move on from a flawed ideology that scarred their country as well as their day to day lives to build a better future for their country and their children. The morale and resilience of the post-war Germany reflected among the people who worked for this facility. They built cars in a building with no roof. The cars they built were better than the ones produced by the workers working in an intact roofed factory in Bristol or Detroit.
The modest products churned out by a war ravaged country became a sudden rage all around the world. The cute little machines were tough, reliable and cheap. But the people behind those elegant products did not have everything on their plates. Even after six months going into producing cars at a rate of 1000 per month which was impressive even by today’s standards, the car factory had to rely on a barter system where they sold newly finished cars for steel. For a nation with an economy that was predominantly run on American cigarettes, this factory became an inspiration for people who believed in a better future.