Bollywood megastar left ‘speechless’ by the gift of a classic car

India’s biggest movie star, Amitabh Bachchan, 77, has revealed on his Twitter account how he was left ‘speechless’ by the gift of a bright yellow 1950s Ford Prefect, which he had previously revealed on his blog to be his first family car in Allahabad.

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Turns out he had previously made mention of it on his blog and it was picked up on by Anant Goenka, Executive Director of the Indian Express Group. The publishing executive and friend of the much-loved veteran of Indian cinema, sought out and restored a similar car as the one mentioned.

Surprising Bachchan with the unique gift, Goenka even added a temporary number plate to it, 2882, the same number on the actual Bachchan family car all those years ago.

The actor posted these pics on his blog and wrote: “No one has EVER .. EVER .. done anything like this for me .. ! I am so overwhelmed with gratitude and emotion .. Have been struggling to put this moment in words or even to express my thanks to him and his family ..”

He ended the post with “Moved and beyond .. The eyes they fill up with water in them .. so ..”

The Ford Prefect was designed and built in the UK alongside the Popular and Anglia from 1938 to 1961. The model picture is the 1949-53 edition which was fitted with a 1.2-litre straight four-cylinder engine. The Prefect could accelerate from 0-50mph in 22.8 seconds and reach 61mph (we suspect Bachchan, in his 1970s action hero prime, could run quicker than that!).

Costing around £400 it was the most affordable four-door available and nearly 200,000 were built. Though this one is now undoubtedly worth a lot more!

Amitabh Bachchan is clearly something of a petrolhead as his current stable apparently includes a Porsche Cayman S, Mini Cooper S, Range Rover and Bentley Continental GT. He’s previously owned a Rolls-Royce Phantom, Bentley Arnage R and a Mercedes SL 500.

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