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A Class Of One's Own

OWNING A VINTAGE CAR WITH A ROYAL HISTORY IS, ARGUABLY, THE EPITOME OF STYLE AND SUBSTANCE

Vikram Gour

What could be more opulent than owning a beautiful set of wheels that come with the tag of being a classic or vintage? The ownership experience is only further enhanced by the rarity of the vehicle, apart from its provenance — aft er all, the story behind the car is just as important as the car itself.

Since most of the cars that came to India during the early 1900s belonged to the maharajas, it goes without saying that just about every one of these beauties has an equally amazing story behind it. The maharajas were known for their extravagances, and when it came to their cars, they would have some rather exquisite machines built for them. In fact, the maharajas of India played a major role in establishing Rolls-Royce as a premiere brand. From a Rolls-Royce customised for hunting to the ‘Swan Car’ that was once owned by the Maharaja of Nabha — these exquisite machines have their own place in history.

Going beyond just the RollsRoyce brand, the elite of India bought cars from Austin, Minerva, Bentley, Mercedes-Benz, Cadillac and a slew of other brands that were willing to go out and deliver products that allowed the owner to truly travel in style. Over the years these cars have changed hands numerous times and have been picked up by vintage car collectors across the globe, including the likes of Jay Leno. Having said that, there are enough collectors in India as well. With each car literally worth its weight in gold, being a collecto


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