Could a car that sells for $850,000 be considered a bargain?
When the car is the one-off 1934 Rolls Royce Phantom II 40/50 HP Continental All-Weather Convertible, also dubbed Star of India”, the price seems to be more than reasonable. Just a year ago, the car was on sale for an eye-popping $14 million, but after making its way to a number of auctions, the unique RR Phantom was finally purchased at the $850,000 price tag by Mandhatasinh Jadeja, a former prince of Rajkot and an actual grandson of the Maharajah.
The “Star of India” is one of the rarest vehicles in the world, which gained notoriety when the Maharaja of Rajkot had it built with some pretty fancy coachwork made by Thrupp and Maberley and finished with saffron ochre and polished aluminum wings.
Jadeja brought the “Star of India” Rolls Royce as a present to his father on his 75th birthday, effectively bringing the multi-million dollar Rolls Royce back to the family for the first time since the Maharajah sold it back in 1968.
Sure, we would rather spend that $850,000 on a different car, but when it comes to car collectors things are slightly different.