A 1934 vintage Rolls Royce Phantom built for the Marharajah of Rajkot is due to go under the hammer today and if it reaches the selling price of £8.5 million estimated by experts, it will become the world’s most expensive car. Known as The Star of India the exclusive limo goes up for auction alongside 23 other Rolls Royce vehicles and 3 Bentley’s as part of renowned car enthusiast, Hans-Gunther Zach’s collection.
The eye catching Roller features ochre and aluminium bodywork which may be a little garish for some people’s tastes however in India it is a symbol of purity. It was referred to as the “aluminium sculpture” due to its natural aluminium body and chassis. The interior is equally lavish with tan leather upholstery and oak wood panelling which has been marbled with saffron paste. The Marharajah’s state crest is still displayed on all the windows and doors.
This Rolls Royce obviously oozes opulence and luxury, however it also had a practical function. The all-weather 8 seater convertible was used to hunt tigers out in the wilderness and was designed to cope with the rough terrain, it even has a gun rack built into the chassis.
The Star of India, named after the world’s largest sapphire, will learn its fate today after bids for the unique vehicle are drawn to close. In order to claim the title of the world’s most expensive car, the Rolls Royce Phantom needs to outsell the current record holder, a certain 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa which sold for £7.9 million. Can the Star of India clinch it? We’ll have to wait and see…