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Indian Maharajas & their obsession with the Rolls Royce brand.

Indian Maharajas & their obsession with the Rolls Royce brand.

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.

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.

1961 Rolls Royce Phantom V - one of the most instantly recognisable of all the Royal cars. Notice the heraldic shield on top.

1961 Rolls Royce Phantom V - one of the most instantly recognisable of all the Royal cars. Notice the heraldic shield on top.

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.

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.

1925 Rolls Royce 20HP, a tiger hunting platform for the Maharajah of Bharatpur

Royal cars: Wheels and Kate...and a whole fleet of cars that have driven our Royals around the world

1925 Rolls Royce 20HP, a tiger hunting platform for the Maharajah of Bharatpur

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.

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.

Facebook Twitter Google+ Reddit The Indian Maharajas who were introduced to the Rolls-Royce brand by the British had taken an instant liking to it ...

Facebook Twitter Google+ Reddit The Indian Maharajas who were introduced to the Rolls-Royce brand by the British had taken an instant liking to it ...

The Maharajas Cars: The Maharajas & Their Magnificent Motor Cars

The Maharajas and Their Magnificent Motor Cars - in pictures

The Maharajas Cars: The Maharajas & Their Magnificent Motor Cars

The 7.7 litre, six cylinder Roller with its body work built by the great coachbuilders Barker, stands out as a triumph of the British motor industry

It's a Rolls-Royal: Lord Mountbatten's 1929 Rolls Royce Phantom painted battleship grey to honour his Navy career is up for sale

The 7.7 litre, six cylinder Roller with its body work built by the great coachbuilders Barker, stands out as a triumph of the British motor industry

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