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Old 3rd February 2019, 11:01   #1411
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Maharaja Sajjan Singh of Ratlam, Maharaja Jhabua & Maharaj Fateh Singh of Alirajpur, Maharawal Prithvi singh & Subak singh ji of Devgad Bariya wih thakur Saheb Tikam singh of Dhargaon.

Sadly the two cars are barely visible.

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Old 1st April 2019, 13:47   #1412
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Is this a pedal car ?

Princess Lakshmi Kumari Rathore of Ratlam with her first car aged 3.
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Me and my car! I often had passengers who enjoyed the ride! Driving around our residence Laxmi Bhawan was great fun. I was about 3 years old!
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I think this is an Auto Red Bug - maybe the same one surviving in a Lonavala collection. Nice find!

Any pictures of the car in Lonavala ?
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Old 1st April 2019, 14:38   #1413
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Any pictures of the car in Lonavala ?

Some better pictures should be posted elsewhere, I found this (Media Matter Related to Vintage and Classic Cars)for now.
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Old 5th April 2019, 13:45   #1414
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Some pictures from Rewa

Pictures from Rewa facebook page

Maharaja Martand singhji at Shashi kunj, Khakri kothi, Govindgarh, Rewa
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Same car as above ?
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Maharaja Martand singhji, notice the "Rewa" registartion
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Maharani Praveen Kunverba
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From a wedding at Rewa
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The top car is RR Phantom III 3BU86
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Sourced from Facebook, another demonstration of the progressive vision of the Baroda Rulers, a mobile library

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Sourced from Facebook, another demonstration of the progressive vision of the Baroda Rulers, a mobile library

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I might be wrong but somehow this doesnt seem like India, IMHO.

This looks like a internet sourced image as it appears elsewhere too, like here


However, the Maharaja of Baroda was very progressive and formed a library culture like never before, follow this link to know more

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I might be wrong but somehow this doesnt seem like India, IMHO.

This looks like a internet sourced image as it appears elsewhere too, like here


However, the Maharaja of Baroda was very progressive and formed a library culture like never before, follow this link to know more
Thank you Kartik for the above information. You are probably right.

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Pictures from Dholpur State

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Pictures from Dholpur State
which car is Dholpur 15 ?
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DHOLPUR-15 is likely a 1934 Buick. The Chrysler seems to be ca 1941.

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Stumbled upon this Facebook post on the Rolls Royce Motors official FB page:

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The only known five-seater Torpedo Phaeton Tourer version of the Silver Ghost still surviving in its original form, this car was exported to Mumbai, India in 1913. Before it was sent, early Rolls-Royce Managing Director Claude Johnson (commonly referred to as ‘the hyphen in Rolls-Royce’) had the silver and enamel ‘Taj Mahal’ name plate fitted. Also known as the Indian Trials Car, the vehicle was bought by the Maharajah of Nabha after a six-month test period. It features many adaptations designed to cope with Indian conditions of the period, including larger wheels to increase ground clearance and numerous modifications to improve engine cooling. Other unusual features include a special rail running behind the front seats allowing support for rear passengers to grip when standing. The Taj Mahal remained in the Maharajah’s family for 60 years, being used as a ceremonial and touring vehicle, and also saw service with the Indian Army and Air Force. In 2011, almost 100 years after it was built, the car drove 400 miles from London to Edinburgh in honour of the endurance standards set by Silver Ghosts in the early years of motoring.

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Here is a strange one for sale - A Rover 'Nizam Sport'
Another special Rover

Courtesy: Bombay, I remember

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The Alwar connection :

When Maharaja Jay Singh of Alwar *visited the showrooms of Rolls-Royce in London, he was affronted when the salesman implied that he couldn't afford to purchase one of the sleek new models -- he promptly purchased 10, shipped them home, tore their roofs off, and used them to collect garbage.

The truth about that Indian maharaja who used Rolls-Royces for garbage collection.

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When Queen Victoria accepted the additional title of Empress of India in 1876, she made a rare appearance at Parliament, opening it in person as part of the announcement on the 1st of January in 1877 of her change in title. The British had imposed themselves on the subcontinent for a generation by then. It was a relationship that enriched England greatly, but was of course not much loved by most of the natives of India. After the turn of the century, these tensions slowly grew.
Certain stories illuminate the complicated feelings the countries had for each other leading up to independence in 1947. One is a Maharaha’s visit to a Rolls Royce showroom in London.
As the story goes, in 1920, the Maharaja of Alwar, a fabulously wealthy ruler hose name was Jai Singh Prabhakar, visited London, and one day decided to walk around the city “incognito,” wearing ordinary English clothes. Passing by a Rolls Royce showroom, Jai Singh decided to go inside. He asked the staff about the specifications of the Rolls Royce cars and their prices. However, the salesmen just saw a man with the face of an Indian. Ignoring his request for a test drive, the staff went so far as to rudely show the Maharaja out the door.
This treatment naturally made him furious. The Maharaja got back to his hotel and asked for an official visit of the Indian king to the Rolls Royce showroom to be arranged. When he appeared in his formal outfit, dressed in sparkling clothes and jewelry, the Maharaja was welcomed with a red carpet and employees standing on both sides of it paying their respects to the king.
Jai Singh spent more than two hours in the showroom, trying all the six models exhibited. In the end, he purchased all of the cars in the showroom. And he paid for them all right away, including the cash for the costs of delivery. When he returned to India, Jai Singh Prabhakar gave an order to the Municipality in New Delhi to use the cars for collecting garbage. So, there were six brand-new Rolls Royce models sweeping the streets of New Delhi, and carrying the garbage away.
Rolls Royce, a brand in use since 1906 and the number-one car manufacturer in the world in the 1920s, was humiliated and upset about the Maharaja’s treatment of its cars. Apparently, the reputation of the company suffered because of this event in New Delhi. “Oh, the same car used in India for carrying garbage” became a sentence associated with Rolls Royce. The story continues that the King received a telegram with apologies from Rolls Royce for the way the employees behaved towards him. The car executives pleaded for him to stop using the vehicles for transporting garbage and also sent him a gift of another six cars. Satisfied that a lesson had been learned, Jai Singh granted their request.
The story is amusing and it would be incredible if it were a historical fact. However, although it is quite a famous tale and there are people who take it completely seriously, there is no evidence that it is true. If you search for Maharaja Jai Singh Prabhakar on the internet, all you are going to find are articles about the king who used Rolls Royce automobiles to transport garbage. And nobody seems to know how this story was created and how so many people know it.
One explanation is that all this fuss is because of a photograph of a car with two brooms fixed to its front for cleaning a street. The first assumption would be that the car is indeed a Rolls Royce. It is so easy to speculate. In fact, those who have more than a basic knowledge of vehicles will spot that the car in question is not even a Rolls Royce, and although intended for cleaning the street, using it that way is not an offense.
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Story of the Isotta Fraschini of the Rajah of Kotwara

Here is a lovely video presented by FIVA

" The Raja's Isotta by Mr. Gautam Sen "

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I am not sure if this has been posted before.

HH Maharaja Sri Ganga Singhji Bahadur of Bikaner and Maharajkumar Sadul Singhji leaving Raj Bilas during Kota wedding-1930

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