In 1934, the Maharajah of Rajkot, Thakoresaheb Dharmendrasinhji Lakhajiraj decided to purchase a new car.
He approached Rolls Royce for something unique and exclusive and they promised to give him one. Rolls-Royce handed over a Rolls Royce Phantom II 40/50 HP Continental to famous coachbuilders Thrupp & Maberly who immediately took the task of building one that suited the Maharaja’s taste.
They had the doors and rear painted in a shade of saffron ochre (a clay pigment) that signifies purity while the front was in polished aluminum. The doors also were given the State of Rajkot insignia with the words "Raaje Dharmi Praja Raja" which translates to "the first duty of the ruler is to serve its citizens".
It was upholstered in ochre color leather. The back of the front seat upholstery had designs made with semi-precious stones. Its headlights were unique for its times as it could be controlled from the steering wheel. It is said that the Maharaja got 14 different lights fixed at the front to counter the pitch darkness of his territory in Saurashtra. With a powerful 7.7 litre V8 engine, this car could traverse long distances at high speed.
This car, Star of India was first sold to a British Collector Bill Meredith-Owens in 1968 and after 32 years a famous German collector of Rolls-Royce Hans-Günter Zach purchased it in the year 2000. Finally in the year 2010 Mandhatasinhji Jadeja the grandson of Thakoresaheb Dharmendrasinhji Lakhajiraj purchased the same at an auction for Rs. 3.22 crores (then US$ 850,000) and brought this car back to India.
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|Box Dimension (in inches)||3.5 x 2 x 1.5|
|Color||Orange / Silver|
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