"Star of India" shines in classic museum sale
As the collection from a German car museum comes up for sale, so to does one of the most celebrated Rolls Royce motor cars ever built; the “Star of India”.
The crowning jewel of the collection is the Phantom II, known as the “Star of India”. Custom-built for the Maharaja of Rajkot, the motor car is a 40/50 horsepower Continental All-Weather Convertible from 1934.
The vehicle is full of unique features that made it exceptional for its time period including headlights that track the steering wheel; a more-basic version of the lights currently found on models by Mercedes, BMW and Audi. The “Star of India” is believed to fetch as much as 10 million Euros on the open market.
The entire collection consists of 27 cars, 24 Rolls Royces and three Bentleys, the majority of which are pre-war or classics from the British Empire period. Most noteworthy are the “Aluminium Sculpture”, a 1926 Rolls Royce Phantom I Open Tourer and the 1920 Silver Ghost Coupé de Ville that once held the title of “Best Car in the World”.
The collection will be up for sale until September 15.
"The entire collection consists of 24 Rolls Royces and three Bentleys, the majority of which are pre-war or classics from the British Empire period."