Ambassador Mark I to Mark IV
In 1957 all the tooling of the British Morris Oxford Series III was transferred to India. The car was renamed the Ambassador and series-production started in 1958.
Styling changes from the Morris Oxford series II (Landmaster) to Morris Oxford series III (Ambassador) included deep headlamp cowls and small rear wing “tail fins” — all the rage in 1956. The dashboard and steering wheel were completely redesigned. The Landmaster’s flat-plane two spoke steering wheel gave way to a stylish dished steering wheel with three spokes made-up of four wires per spoke, for the Ambassador.
Also a new, dimpled hood debuted. All subsequent models in this series were named Ambassador, Mark II, Mark III, Mark IV, etc.,.
In the 1960s, it underwent a minor frontal facelift with a closely chequered grill and was named as the Ambassador Mark II.
Like with other British designed Mark cars, while there was never really any Ambassador Mark I, the arrival of the Mark II got people calling the older model, Mark I.
In 1975, another minor facelift to the same grille and a much bigger frontal facelift was turned out as the Mark III, the most popular face of the Ambassador. The Mark IV was the last of the Mark cars. Further on, it was renamed the Ambassador Nova.