The Ambassador Classic cabs have been a mainstay of Kolkata life since they first rolled onto the streets in 1958 . Built by Hindustan Motors until 20 14, they’ve been called “King of Indian Roads” due to their reliability and prevalence. While thousands still ply the city ’s streets, advancing age, stricter emissions rules and competition from Ola and Uber mean their future is in doubt. That threat inspired Drew Hopper to capture the central role these cabs still play in the fabric of the city.
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This article was originally published in the October 2018 issue of Silkwinds magazine.