Game-Hunting Custom Rolls Royce on Auction Block

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A 1925 Rolls Royce Phantom I custom made for Umed Singh II, the Maharaja of Kotah and a hunting enthusiast, is up for auction in Las Vegas.

Classic cars with a great story are always a big auction draw.

A 1925 Rolls Royce Phantom I custom made for Umed Singh II, the Maharaja of Kotah and a hunting enthusiast, is up for auction in Las Vegas.

As it served as the primary Bengal tiger-hunting vehicle, it’s equipped with an elephant gun and tows a hand-cranked machine gun.

Both of the firearms are included in the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company’s sale of the car, even though they were later add-ons.

Original equipment includes a nickel-plated snake horn, taller than normal tires, and front and back searchlights used to gain advantage by taking the animals off guard.

Those features, however cool they may be, aren’t the only aspects contributing to the car’s 500 thousand to one million-dollar estimate.

The tricked-out rides of the Maharajas comprise a collector class all of their own.

Sure, the crazy accouterments contribute to the final prices, but what really draws buyers in is the overall mystique surrounding the big-spending rulers of colonial-era India.

This particular one could probably bring in a lot more at auction if it hadn’t been repainted red. When it left Rolls Royce, it was a more subtle - and more hunting-friendly - grey.

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