Bollywood movie Suhaag was the highest grosser of 1979. Directed by Manmohan Desai, Suhaag is reminiscent of Hindi cinema in the 70’s. Contrary to Suhaag meaning good fortune especially for a married woman, Durga’s (Nirupa Roy) married life is a stark contrast. Her gangster husband played by actor Amjad Khan abandons her and the two infant sons out of their marriage. To add to the drama, Amjad khan’s rival gangster Jaggi kidnaps one of the babies only to pass the baby on to a small time bootlegger Pascal. The brothers grow up to carry forward the plot. Shashi Kapoor (Kishen) is the honest cop while the kidnapped baby turns a petty criminal played by Amitabh Bachchan (Amit). As fate has it, the estranged father unknowingly hires one son as a contract killer to kill the other (Shashi Kapoor). A failed attempt to foil Vikram’s bid has Kishen losing his eyesight. Amitabh joins the police force as his replacement. Donning a cop’s guise, he sets out to nab Vikram. The next leg shot expansively in London shows inspector Amit gatecrashing into Vikram’s celebrations. After a brief exchange of bullet rounds between the two atop a terrace, Amitabh runs out of bullets. Just when he is reloading the gun, Vikram rappels down the building wall. Amit takes a shot at the rope. It gives way. It is here that the 1973 Leyland Boxer G-Series truck arrives on the scene as the villian’s wheels of escape. What follows is an action packed climax scene.

In 968, under pressure from the Wilson Labour Government to consolidate operations in a bid to sustain, British Motor Holdings (BMH) merged with truck and bus maker Leyland Motor Corporation Limited. The resultant Company, British Leyland Motor Corporation (BLMC) absorbed designs from both BMW and Leyland. BLMC fitted the erstwhile BMC models with the altered FJ cabs. Constituting Leyland’s redline range were Terriers, Lairds, Mastiffs and the middle-weight Boxer. Based on the old Laird chassis, Leyland’s Boxer series featured an improved cooling system for vertically mounted engines and an all new spring-type parking brake. It was in 1973 that the revised FJ cab was christened as Leyland Boxer G-Series cab. Available in two standards of trim; standard and GX, the truck featuring in Suhaag was the standard Boxer with G Series cab.

The tilt-able all-steel cab of the Boxer was indicative of the enhanced safety. Big on ergonomics, the cab interior featured dual sun-visors. Driver seat was tilt adjustable. Powering the truck was a Perkins 6.354, a 5.8 litre, six-cylinder diesel engine that developed 126 bhp. Mated to the engine was a five-speed transmission. Available with an option of a single and two-speed axle, the Boxer featured pneumatic brakes, which were actuated through the spring-brake chambers on the driving axle.

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