• Jul 28, 2011
You expect to find all sorts of optional equipment on a Rolls-Royce. It could be pearl-inlayed veneers or a special paint job. But this example is something else entirely.

Crafted for Sahib Bahadur – also known as Umed Singh II, Maharaja of Kotah – this 1925 Rolls-Royce New Phantom was coachbuilt by Barker & Company of London and includes some rather unusual accessories. Namely, a mounted shotgun, rifle stand, Lantaka cannon, a pair of search lights and a machine gun fitted to a matching trailer.

The car was custom built for the Maharaja for the purpose of tiger hunting, and though requested by the Indian Consulate for donation to a museum, is now going up for auction at the hands of Bonhams at the Quail Lodge mid-August, where it's expected to fetch between $750,000 and $1 milllion.

Though the armaments aren't depicted, you can check the car out in the high-resolution gallery and the press release after the jump for a closer look.
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BONHAMS TO AUCTION THE EX-MAHARAJA OF KOTAH'S TIGER-HUNTING ROLLS-ROYCE
Mounted machine gun, cannon, rifle stand and brass searchlights included.


22 July 2011 - San Francisco – A truly unique, handmade automobile will be auctioned by Bonhams at its forthcoming Quail Lodge sale, held each August in Carmel, California during the world-famous Pebble Beach Car Week.

The custom-made 1925 Rolls-Royce New Phantom was originally commissioned by Sahib Bahadur of India, officially known as Umed Singh II, Maharaja of Kotah, for the purpose of tiger hunting. The Rolls-Royce Limited company–then in Derby, England– employed preferred coachbuilders Barker & Company of London who created the highly specialized and bespoke Sports Touring body for His Highness the Maharaja.

The massive and impeccably crafted car is powered by an 8.0-liter, 6-cylinder engine with dual-spark ignition that's set to a low gearing ratio, allowing it to creep powerfully through the roughshod jungles of Rajasthan.

In addition the standard luxury fittings for which Rolls-Royce and Barker are renowned, the purpose-built motorcar contains a hidden safe, a nickel-plated hissing snake horn, mounted Howdah gun (double-barrel shotgun in pistol form), rifle stand in the rear passenger compartment, two powerful searchlights for night spotting, a mountable Lantaka cannon, attached to the bumper, and, if that weren't enough, a machine gun mounted on an attached, matching trailer.

Due to its distinctive history, it's been said that the Indian Consulate had once requested the car be repatriated to India to be displayed in a museum as a piece of national heritage. Respectfully declined by the then owner, the car will now be available at auction for the first time and carries an estimate of $750,000-$1,000,000.

This is just one example of the exceptional cars that will be auctioned at Bonhams' annual two-day sale August 18th and 19th. For more information on this anticipated event and to register to bid –in person or remotely– please visit www.bonhams.com/quail.


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      Murad
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is proof that Rolls-Royce can build a proper SUV.
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      ps0927
      • 3 Years Ago
      The indian flag is put upside down, Which is a disrespect to the whole Nation. The guys should atleast know which way the flag should be.. Hope they rectify it.. Flag with saffron on top is the proper way not green
        Aman Khisti
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ps0927
        This is unacceptable. The car must be in the hands of Bonhams now, they should really make sure the Indian Flag goes the right way. Saffron on top.
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      • 3 Years Ago
      $1,250,000
      sir
      • 3 Years Ago
      Nice, but I couldn't buy it after seeing the Maharaja of Rewa's customized-for-hunting 1926 Daimler. Google it! Ok, ok, well I couldn't have bought it anyway. But still!
      SloopJohnB
      • 3 Years Ago
      Whoever buys it is also gonna have to pony up $200 each for the automatic weapons if he intends to keep it in the US.
        QAZZY
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        I have a license for automatic weapons, and have fired them in service, and they're pretty useless. You are tempted to spray and miss. Missing is something you don't want when a 800lb tiger is charging you.
      ryan
      • 3 Years Ago
      how lazy do u have to be to drive around and shoot stuff with gunmounts on his car. but im not suprised, here in colorado sometimes people gets in trouble for shooting a deer out of the window while driving. lol and sometime they just do it for fun. I hate thos people they make colorado people look like hicks.