Mahindra Group Chairman Anand Mahindra gifted Bolero SUV to Maharashtra-based blacksmith Dattatraya Lohar who built a kick-start four-wheeler using abandoned car parts.
Impressed by his skills, Anand Mahindra offered a brand-new Bolero SUV in exchange for his creation. Mahindra felt that as the vehicle doesn’t comply with the regulations, the local authorities will stop it from plying on the roads.
“Delighted that he accepted the offer to exchange his vehicle for a new Bolero. Yesterday his family received the Bolero, and we proudly took charge of his creation. It will be part of our collection of cars of all types at our Research Valley and should inspire us to be resourceful,” he tweeted.
The mini four-wheeler was built with an investment of Rs 60,000. It has a kick-start mechanism similar to that of a two-wheeler. It is a left-hand drive vehicle that has been built using old and abandoned car parts. It comes with a grille that looks similar to a Mahindra Thar. Dattatraya built the vehicle to fulfill his son’s wish.
Dattatraya’s mini four-wheeler will be on display at Mahindra Research Valley.
Over the last few years, Mahindra has been acquiring some special and unique vehicles for the company’s Auto Museum, and Dattatraya’s mini four-wheeler is likely to be a part of it.
Few other vehicles that are on display at Mahindra Research Valley include old-gen Mahindra Thar that was used in Superstar Rajinikanth’s movie ‘Kaala’. There is also a special rickshaw built by a Kerala man, which has been modified to look like a Mahindra Scorpio from the rear. Back then, Mahindra had given the Kerala-based rickshaw driver a brand-new Mahindra Supro mini truck in exchange for his vehicle.