Tuesday, 13 December 2011

The $4 Million Dollar 100 Year old Nizam's Rolls Royce Silver Ghost from India

This Rolls Royce may not be able to give that 'magic carpet ride' like the recently launched Ghost but it definitely sweeps you off your feet. Endowed with a rich canary yellow body, gold mountings, lights and roof dome finished in silver, this priceless beauty is all set for a centenary next month. Authorities at the Chowmahalla Palace where the Nizam's Rolls Royce is on display in the vintage car shed are now planning to celebrate 100 years of the four-wheeler in a big way.

Made-to-order in 1911 on a London-Edinburgh chassis and restored at a princely sum of around Rs. 1.5- 2 crore, it was lying in ruins until about three years ago at the Chiran Fort. "It was in a terrible condition, populated with rats and moles. The tyres had gone soft. It took me over a year to convince the family to get it restored and put it on display," says Dr Ameenuddin Khan, administrator of the Nizam's private estate. However, he added that Mir Osman Ali Khan was fond of Humber cars and had five to six of them in his mighty collection.

"As per the records available, Nizam VI had ordered the Rolls Royce Silver Ghost Throne Car," says G Kishan Rao, director, Chowmahalla Palace. Rao says the car with many special features was later re-bodied to reflect a 1930's style by the Nizams railway workshop sometime in 1934. But it was restored and brought back to its original form and style by Manvendra Singh Barwani of Indore. While there is no record of the car's cost when the Nizam purchased it, its vintage worth is estimated to be over Rs. 20 crore.

Authorities at Chowmahalla Palace say the luxury car was ordered by sixth Nizam, Mehboob Ali Pasha, who died before it was delivered. Later on, the car was sparingly used by Nizam VII only for ceremonial occasions and hence, it had done just 356 miles. The car has bagged "Best of Class Prize" in the Rolls Royce Class and "Best of Show the Concour de Elegance Prize" in the Cartier Travel with Style Concour de Elegance held at Delhi in March this year. It has been on display at Chowmahalla Palace since April this year.


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