Aravind Product 3 also identified as “Baby” was the 1st made in India motor vehicle. It was an aatmanirbhar work from an Indian self-taught mechanic, Kunnath Ayyath Balakrishna Menon who was also identified as K. A. B. Menon. The prototype was built in Thiruvananthapuram at Aravind Vehicles which was formerly named Prompt Motors. It was February 1966 when the Aravind ‘Baby’ Model 3 was born. Menon required Design 3 to be an every day Indian car.
It was a basic sedan that derived some of its styling from large American sedans like Cadillac. So, the front and rear overhangs were very long and even the bonnet was fairly lengthy. There were being no cuts and creases on the bodywork anywhere. Even so, what other cars and trucks lacked at that time was the awareness to detail which the Design 3 experienced in abundance. There was pretty a bit of chrome employed all about the sedan.
The entrance grille was exceptional with several minimize-outs which would have expense some revenue when producing. The “ARAVIND” monogram was created making use of sand casting and then by pouring molten Brass.“The car or truck was extremely well-known in and around Thiruvananthapuram,” suggests Rathish, his eldest grandchild. The mechanical bits ended up taken from a 1956 Fiat 1100. So, the gearbox, engine and the rear differential was carried more than. This Fiat 1100 was owned by a effectively-regarded playback singer P Leela. The engine was made use of in numerous states by Fiat at that time. So, we do not know what state Menon utilized for the Little one Product 3.
Some of the other bits and pieces were also taken from Fiat 1100. For instance, the steering wheel which was wrapped in some form of product for a more top quality appeal, the column-mounted equipment shifter which was common back again then, the instrument cluster which was analogue and the entrance and rear windshield. The bodywork was a steel sheet and it was overwhelmed at the Aravind Car with bare hands. Menon questioned the authorities to help him and he would be capable to price tag the Design 3 for as lower as Rs. 5,000. He applied for an industrial license but was denied. Alternatively, the license was specified to Maruti Ltd.
Talking of Menon, he was 14 yrs previous when his attraction in the direction of devices started off. He was a single of the first adult males in India who could repair service an American sedan in India. In 1954, he crashed his Studebaker Champion into a tree whilst on a five-hour drive from Kottyam to Trivandrum. The vehicle was wrecked and Menon landed in the medical center for 3 months. The first issue that he did after returning from the medical center was to re-build the Winner. He sketched the shape of the car and then assembled blacksmiths to operate on the automobile. This time Menon made the decision to use a diesel engine from a Mercedes Benz W120, the 180d diesel engine was able of producing 46 hp which now appears puny in today’s era. He named the car, Aravind Iddy Champion where by “Iddy” means “to punch” in Malayalam or “accident” in automotive jargon. This was the time when Aravind Vehicles was born. The Iddy was bought to Akkamappettai Paramasivan Nagarajan who was a well known Tamil movie director.
It was 1971 when Menon endured a coronary heart assault and died. Because of to his creation Design 3 was handed on to his spouse Karthikaynni Menon and she gave away Aravind Cars to staff who ran the corporation for a few extra years just before winding up. Aravind Cars are now working on restarting the business as an electrical motor vehicle company.