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Old 14th July 2014, 11:25   #2026
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What a lovely set of images (pity I can't seem to save them). The 'turned' dash looks very unusual for a PIII. Failed to notice it when I saw the car in 2012. All the best to the new owner.
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Simply superb. Here is another lovely photo of another Patiala Rolls (look at the breath taking backdrop), forgive me if it has been posted before as well, I cant recollect where I found it.
Not sure if this was posted before, but here's another shot of the Patiala Silver Ghost as mentioned by Karl.
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Not sure if this was posted before, but here's another shot of the Patiala Silver Ghost as mentioned by Karl.
Thanks, have not seen this before. It is almost certainly chassis 52CW.
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Apologize for the small size. Here is the Calcutta Satyanarayana Temple RR Silver Ghost, Chassis 6UE. It is ex-Rudyard Kipling.

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Another Maharaja R-R goes on sale this summer (the other one is the ex-Bhopal PIII, 3BU86 - post # 1991) .

This time it is the ex-Nandgaon PII , Chassis 50XJ.

In my opinion, one of the prettiest of the Indian Phantom II's. Notice it retains its Indian licence plate.

Would be nice if "The Doc" gets this one too !

Courtesy RM Auctions:

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My mind had become jaded (or my senses numbed) after the "Maharaja Class" at Pebble Beach 2012. Never thought a Maharaja car would excite me again - that is until yesterday.

50XJ is to be seen to be believed. The draughtmen and "panel beaters" at Barker, were either masters "of the line" or of "illusion". What if they had CAD and CNC machines ????

The attention to detail is.....I have no superlatives. The car is a masterpiece of surfaces that all seem to blend into each other.

The flat doors that somehow magically merge into a compound curve bobtail rear end. A concave waistline fluted moulding that disappears into a convex tail moulding at the rear door. Front bumper attachments that look as finely crafted as the "Baroda Necklace". I could go on and on.

A few snippets from the Chassis Card:

"the Nile Blue finish is generally considered unsatisfactory and is to be rectified at Barkers".

"Cobra Horn. The BULB cellulosed Nile Blue"

Lucas wing lamp FEET for attaching Stephen Grebel wing LAMPS. Either the Lucas lamps, or Stephen Grebel feet weren't good enough for Nandgaon! The wing lamps are now Lucas!

Oh by the way, the chassis cards do not mention the ACE wheel discs or the blue visors.

The auction starts in an hour....... Got to go round up a few hundred thousand greenbacks and go bid!

May be, I can collect enough to win that Orissa Licence Plate.

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50XJ is to be seen to be believed. The draughtmen and craftsmen at Barker, were either masters "of the line" or of "illusion".

"Cobra Horn. The BULB cellulosed Nile Blue"
Interesting to note that the cobra horn (boa constrictor?) has not been retained inspite of an exacting restoration. I think the build sheet specified whitewalls, also omitted. Possibly to avoid making the car look a little more Mickey Mouse than intended?

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The auction starts in an hour....... Got to go round up a few hundred thousand greenbacks and go bid!
Happy bidding!
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Interesting to note that the cobra horn (boa constrictor?) has not been retained inspite of an exacting restoration. I think the build sheet specified whitewalls, also omitted. Possibly to avoid making the car look a little more Mickey Mouse than intended?

Happy bidding!
Karl was at PB 2012 too. He somehow seems to remain more balanced than me!
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The auction starts in an hour....... Got to go round up a few hundred thousand greenbacks and go bid!

May be, I can collect enough to win that Orissa Licence Plate.
Seems that the car was sold at $625,000. How much did you get the plate for?

http://www.rmauctions.com/lots/lot.cfm?lot_id=1067917

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Karl was at PB 2012 too. He somehow seems to remain more balanced than me!
Can't believe its been 2 years already! Whatever happened to the Pithapuram Phantom I 57EF that we saw? It remained unsold at the Goodings auction if I remember.
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Seems that the car was sold at $625,000. How much did you get the plate for?

http://www.rmauctions.com/lots/lot.cfm?lot_id=1067917



Can't believe its been 2 years already! Whatever happened to the Pithapuram Phantom I 57EF that we saw? It remained unsold at the Goodings auction if I remember.
Looks like it sold towards the low end of the range
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It did not sell at the high bid of $ 625.000
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Dear Friends,
Found this old picture of my grandfather's first RR. Another picture of the same car has been posted on this forum earler. It was identified as one of two RR's that came to India together. Grandfather was known as Mohd. Lutf uddin Khan, before being titled Lutf-ud-Dowla. Would love to know where this car has gone, and it's present location!
Note the Hyderabad licence plate! H 155!
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Dear Friends,
Found this old picture of my grandfather's first RR. Another picture of the same car has been posted on this forum earler. It was identified as one of two RR's that came to India together. Grandfather was known as Mohd. Lutf uddin Khan, before being titled Lutf-ud-Dowla. Would love to know where this car has gone, and it's present location!
Note the Hyderabad licence plate! H 155!
Many thanks for another wonderful picture!

I am assuming the two pictures below show the same car. The car seems to have had some updates - like adding streamlined wing lamps and bumper. The dates on the two pictures may need to be verified (1922 / 1925)

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This car is most likely Chassis 2328 from 1913 - Post Office Red, Red Leather, Domed Wings and Wire Wheels.


Silver Ghost cars I have listed for Nawab Moin-ud-Dowla are: Chassis 1402, 1685 (2nd hand after Nawab Salar Yar Jung); and 1782


Nawab Salar Yar Jung also had Chassis 1692

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Dear Friends,
Found this old picture of my grandfather's first RR. Another picture of the same car has been posted on this forum earler. It was identified as one of two RR's that came to India together. Grandfather was known as Mohd. Lutf uddin Khan, before being titled Lutf-ud-Dowla. Would love to know where this car has gone, and it's present location!
Note the Hyderabad licence plate! H 155!
Off topic, but interesting however!

Engraving from a Holland & Holland Royal Deluxe Rifle.

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Travancore,
So glad the pic was appreciated. The date of 1922 was the closest I could get from the date written at the back of the pic, written in the Hijri calender, in Urdu. Apologies if it wewnt wrong by a year or two. Thank you for the picture of the crest on the gun....Wonderful!!
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Travancore,
So glad the pic was appreciated. The date of 1922 was the closest I could get from the date written at the back of the pic, written in the Hijri calender, in Urdu. Apologies if it wewnt wrong by a year or two. Thank you for the picture of the crest on the gun....Wonderful!!

The 1922 date is probably correct, due to the updates I had mentioned. The other picture (dated circa 1925) is probably much earlier. The car is from 1913.

Bu the way there are pictures of some fabulous guns of Nawab Moin-ud-Dowla and other Maharajas on the web as well! Just search for Nawab "Holland and Holland". One of them below:

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/494270127826963775/

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