Maharaja Pratap Singh's Swan Rolls-Royce 1910 Brooke 25/30-HP swan car & 1919 Cygnet - The Louwman Museum, Holland. Having acquired this Maharaja of Nabha also commissioned his garage personnel to build a smaller replica for his children to drive in the palace grounds. Thus came into being the Cygnet, a smaller scaled down rendering of the Brooke but now with electrical power to drive it.
This Swan car was created by Robert Nicholl Matthewson, a Scotsman living in India in the early 1900s, when the maharajas were having some extraordinary one-off automobiles built. Built on a 1910 Brooke 25/30 HP chassis, the Swan can open its beak and spray steam, light up its eyes and play an 8-note horn.
Royal cars: Wheels and Kate...and a whole fleet of cars that have driven our Royals around the world
The Star of India Rolls Royce Phantom II All-Weather Cabriolet is part of Maharaja: The Splendour of India's Royal Courts at the AGO. This car is one of the rarest vehicles in the world, which gained notoriety when the Maharaja of Rajkot had it built with some pretty fancy coachwork made by Thrupp and Maberley and finished with saffron ochre and polished aluminum wings.