Maharaja Mandhatasinh Jadeja, grandson of the iconic Maharaja of Rajkot, has now finally been able to get back the vintage Rolls Royce owned by his grandfather for just $850,000, that too after the car was being hailed as one of the World’s Most Expensive Rolls Royce. The magnificent Rolls Royce 1934 Phantom II, custom built for the Maharaja of Rajkot and nicknamed as the ‘Star of India’ was sold to a British car collector in the year 1968. This gorgeous piece of automotive history was recently listed on the JamesList for sale at an incredible $12.46 million and car has since been on display at Canada’s Art Gallery of Ontario as part of the Maharaja: The Splendour of India’s Royal Courts exhibition.
The All Weather Convertible custom built for the Maharaja will now soon be reunited with its long lost heritage, as Maharaja Jadeja plans to bring the automobile to its rightful place and present it to his father on his 75th birthday. The car itself represents a vital element to the automobile history of India with iconic names such as Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi and Queen of England being some of the most celebrated individuals have taken ride in this vintage car.
According to Maharaja Mandhatasinh Jadeja,
“I managed to bring back the vintage car by paying Rs 3.22 crore. The car was displayed and auctioned at the Toronto Art Gallery in Ontario’s latest exhibition. Dharmendrasinhji, ruler of the princely state of Rajkot, had got the car custom-made from the company for his day-to-day use in 1934. The car remained with the family till 1968, following which it was sold.”
Via James Spotting