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This Rolls-Royce may fetch pound 400,000

Last updated on: August 25, 2011 08:47 IST

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Two Rolls-Royce Silver Ghosts, one of which was once owned by the erstwhile Maharaja of Mysore, will be up for auction at the Bonhams in London on September 16 and is estimated to fetch pound 300,000-400,000.

The vehicle once belonged to Krishna Raja Wadiyar IV (1884-1940), the 20th century ruler of Mysore, was one of the world's wealthiest men, who died with a personal fortune estimated at $400 million.

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Image: Krishna Raja Wadiyar's Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost.
Photographs: Courtesy, Bonhams
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Of all the buyers of the model, the Indian princes were among the most numerous in their acquisitions of Silver
Ghosts.

They prized the quality of the Rolls-Royce and its ability to withstand the difficult road conditions in India.

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This example was ordered for the Delhi Durbar celebration of the Coronation of King George V and Queen Mary in December 1911 at the event that included spectacular displays of Indian pageantry, and many cars were purchased to provide transport for the honoured guests and the rulers themselves.

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Image: Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Silver Ghost 7,400cc side valve six cylinder engine.

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This Silver Ghost was emblazoned with the coat of arms of the Maharaja of Mysore, to whom it passed after the Delhi
Durbar.

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Image: 1911 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Tourer.

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The second Silver Ghost offered for auction by Bonhams has been attributed as a 1908 example, which makes it one of only a four surviving examples from that year's production.

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Image: 1923 Rolls-Royce Springfield Silver Ghost Oxford Tourer.

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This car was restored in the 1990s by an Irish enthusiast and wears magnificent open touring coachwork with three rows of seats, built by noted French coach builder Labourdette.

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Image: 1904 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost.

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It was used by the Works at Brooklands as a test vehicle in advance of the International Touring Car Trial and has a
pre-sale estimate of pound 325,000-425,000.

Image: 1907 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost.

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