The Silver ghost which was purchased exactly a 100 years ago by the then King of Mysore is expected to come under the hammer shortly. The car belonged to Krishna Raja Wadiyar IV, the 20th century ruler of Mysore – a man whose personal fortune was last estimated to $400 million USD at the time of his death (in 1940) making him one of the wealthiest men in the world of his time.
The car was ordered for the celebrations in India on occasion of the Coronation of King George V and Queen Mary in December 1911 at the event that included spectacular displays of Indian pageantry, and many cars were purchased to provide transport for the honoured guests and the rulers themselves.
Highlights of the car include a coat of arms of the Maharaja of Mysore emblazoned onto the car. Being from 1908 (the car passed on to the Maharaja in 1911) ; the Silver Ghost Rolls Royce is one of only four examples that are left world wide of this car. This particular vehicle was refurbished in the 1990s by an Irish enthusiast.
The car is expected to sell for about $300,000 to $400,000 in Bonhams who will auction it on the 16th of September (2011).
For those who are interested in royalty, the King or Maharaja was widely loved by the people and was one of the best rulers of princely states at the time of Indian independence. The Maharaja is credited for transforming Mysore into one of the most progressive and modern states of the time. His rule is often referred to as the ‘Golden age of Mysore’. It was under his rule that his state was the first Asian city to have street lights as well as the first Indian state to generate hydro electric power.