Classic and Vintage Car collection of Udaipur’s Royal family
City of Udaipur is one of the most important tourist destination in Rajasthan. Nicknamed, City of Lakes and Venice of the East, Udaipur is home to some of the finest hotels, which are converted from palaces of the previous era. With a history of royalty, kings and palaces, Udaipur is also home to some of the rarest classic and vintage car collection.
The Vintage & Classic Car Collection is like a museum with a difference as all the vehicles on show have belonged to the Maharanas of Mewar, both past and present. Despite some vehicles being over seventy years old, each one has been painstakingly restored. Currently under the watchful eye of the present (76th) custodian of the Mewar dynasty, Sriji Arvind Singh Mewar, these cars are also the first of it’s kind in the country. The jewel in the crown, is obviously the 1924 Rolls-Royce 20 HP, Barker Tourer (GLK 21). This is also the one which one award at the 62nd Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance last year.
All these cars belonged to Udaipur’s previous three Maharanas, each of whom has shown himself to be an avid motoring enthusiast. The picks of the exhibits on display are the magnificent set of four Rolls-Royces.
The first you see is a 1924 Rolls-Royce 20H.P. This car was awarded the ‘Best of Class Category, Vintage Classic in the Cartier Travel with Style Concours’ in November 2008.
In addition, there is a 1934 Rolls-Royce 20-25H.P that was originally a limousine and was later converted into a pick-up by Maharana Bhagawat Singh mainly to transport the cricket team to and from the grounds.
There is also a 1930/31 Rolls-Royce 20-25 H.P that was originally a Tourer and was later converted to Shooting Brake by Maharana Bhagawat Singh. Today the thought of shooting or bussing a cricket team in a Rolls Royce would seem a little extreme, but it is precisely this history that makes these cars so alluring.
The remaining one is a 1934 Rolls Royce Phantom II that was bought by the 76th. Custodian House of Mewar, Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar of Udaipur. The Phantom II is perhaps the finest car on view and as unique a vehicle as one could find.
The garage also houses two enormous 1938 Cadillacs that are still used on special occasions and come as a pair. The four-door Convertible is the Maharana’s car, while the Saloon is for the use of the Maharani, hence the curtains in the rear windows. Family crests adorn the rear doors of both Cadillacs, adding a further royal touch to these two majestic automobiles.