We’ve featured celebrities and the cars they drive have been a story on our website several times. Most of the time, we talk about expensive luxury cars and sports cars in their garage. Many of them also have a good collection of superbikes. Dev Anand who was one of the most successful actors in Indian film industry. He is an actor, writer, director and has even made several Hindi movies. He has been active in the industry for over six decades. An old video of the actor has now been published online to show that he is driving his premiere Padmini on the streets of Bombay.
The video was uploaded by WildFilmsIndia to their YouTube channel. The video did not specify when it was actually shot. It was only uploaded to YouTube by the channel in 2018. In this video, legendary actor Dev Anand is seen approaching a green Fiat Padmini sedan from a building. He sat down and pulled the car over from the building compound. Once he got out of the car, he started driving on the random road of the bomb.
The actor is not talking in the video. He is just driving and enjoying the drive. The roads seem to be bumpy because the cameraman is having a hard time keeping the camera straight. After driving on the road for a while, he drove back to the porch where he started. In the video, Dev Anand is coming in the car he was driving. It is recognized as a Fiat Padmini or Premier Padmini. It was a popular 4 door sedan that was sold in the Indian market.
It was manufactured in India from 1964 to 2001 by Premier Automobiles Limited. The car that was sold in India as the Premier Padmini was originally marketed as the Fiat 1100 Delight. It was sold as a Premier Padmini under a Fiat license. It is not clear from the video whether the car in which Dev Anand was seen driving was his or he was driving it for the video. The Premier Padmini was actually a popular car among celebrities when it was launched. Many have also considered it as an alternative to the Hindustan Ambassador.
The Fiat 1100 Delight or Premier Padmini was powered by a 1.1 liter engine that generated 40 Bhp and 71 Nm of torque. It even came with a column-mounted gear shifter. The overall design of the Premier Padmini was boxy but, it was considered more modern than the Hindustan Ambassador. Another reason why people like Premier Padmini is that it is much more fuel efficient and also very easy to drive.
In the early 1980’s, Premier also started offering features like leather upholstery, air-conditioners, tinted glass, cabin lights and more. There is a very special connection between Premier Padmini and Mumbai or Bombay. Just as the Hindustan Ambassador was widely used by taxi drivers in Kolkata, so Padmini was popular among taxi drivers in Bombay. There are some well-preserved and widely modified examples of Premier Padmini in different parts of the country.