One lakh bargains
Over the last 20 years Autocar India has tested some iconic enthusiasts’ cars. You can now buy some of them for about Rs 1 lakh, making them great bargain buys. If you are a hot-hatch fan, you may remember India’s first one – the Fiat Palio 1.6 GTX with its smooth 101hp, 16-valve, DOHC engine. The facelift sold here was worked on by Giorgetto Giugiaro and looks stunning, even today. Finding spares can be difficult, though. Try to get your hands on a yellow S10 – the Sachin Tendulkar limited edition. It is sure to become a collectible classic. Another hatchback worth considering is the first-generation Maruti Swift. It was a fun-to-drive car with a nice, crisp steering and good body control. Being a Maruti, spares are still easily available and very affordable, too.