Bombay Padmini Taxi's represent for many all they LOVE & HATE in Bombay! Capable of triggering the loudest laughers as well as major frustrations, the yellow & black cabs are a vital part of the city's heritage.
Fiat had decommissioned the Padmini after only three years. With Italian production ceasing in 1960, the entire production line was shipped to India in 1967. India’s Premier Automobiles then manufactured the Premier Padmini in Kurla, Bombay, from 1968 until 1997.
Apparently Greater Mumbai would be home to about 20,000 Premier Padmini taxis. Hard to believe, since I’ve always had the feeling there were over a million of these annoying (yet adorable) little buggers! I was even convinced that each collision between buggers was part of a procreation routine for the survival of the breed. Honest.