30 Jul '17, 4pm

The Marque of the Maharajas: How Rolls-Royce Rolled with Indian Royalty #rollsroyce #classiccars

The Marque of the Maharajas: How Rolls-Royce Rolled with Indian Royalty #rollsroyce #classiccars

Rolls-Royce made its first impression on the Indian subcontinent in 1907, when a 40/50 hp Silver Ghost won a 620-mile trial, traversing six mountain passes between Bombay and Kolhapur. That performance helped the brand achieve a reputation for building tough, reliable cars that were also elegant and stylish. For Indian royalty, a Rolls-Royce represented the ultimate expression of wealth and power. By the early 1920s, the carmaker had established showrooms in Bombay, Calcutta, and Delhi. In the years leading up to World War II, about one in five Rolls-Royce cars were sold to Indian clients. Most of these customers ordered their cars delivered with coachwork, unlike the brand’s European clientele, who traditionally purchased a chassis and engine from the carmaker and then commissioned a coachbuilder to create a bespoke body. Some Indian customers bought in volume; the mahara...

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