Monday, February 21, 2011

The Magnificent Cars of Some Great People

A 1931 Lancia Dilambda, with Viotti coachwork, which used to belong to the Raja of Jetpur.

The Duesenberg SJN specially made for Yashwantrao Holkar, the Maharaja of Indore.

Maharani Stella de Kapurthala poses with her 1937 Talbot-Lago.

Maharana Arvin Singh Mewar and his MG TC from 1947.

High-end American cars were as prized as European models among the rajas, as shown by this 1947 Buick Super from the Maharana of Mewar's collection.

The Maharaja of Jodhpur, Gaj Singh II, and his son with the Rolls-Royce Phantom II from 1934 and a Buick convertible, in front of the Umaid Bhavan Palace.

Maharaj Shivrajisnhji with his 1945 Mercedes Benz 500 K.

The Brooke Swan car was subsequently acquired by the Maharaja of Nabha, before being sold to the Louwman Museum in the Hague.

A 1939 Delaye 135 with coachwork by Figoni et Falaschi, judged India's most beautiful car at the Cartiers councours d'elegance in 2008.

The SS100 Jaguar, used as a racing car in the 1950s is these days owned by "new royalty", Bollywood star Jackie Shroff, pictured here with his wife, Ayesha.