World's Best Rolls-Royce Collection in Monaco Sale
It looks like the famed "Star of India" Rolls-Royce we wrote about back in the fall failed to find a buyer at its eye-popping $13 million asking price. The incredible auto, a bespoke, one-of-a-kind 1934 Phantom II 40/50 HP Continental "All-Weather Convertible" (above) custom made for an Indian Maharaja, is now slated to be auctioned off during RM Auctions' Sporting Classics of Monaco sale on May 1. The car and two dozen other highly prized Rolls-Royces on offer are from the world famous collection of Hans-Günther Zach, who had them on display at his private museum dedicated to the British marque in Germany. Among the other stellar Rolls models crossing the auction block in Monaco is a 1926 40/50 HP Phantom I Open Tourer, built for the Maharaja of Nanpara with a polished aluminum body and chassis; a Phantom II Cabriolet "Hunting Car" built for the the Maharajah of Rewa specially made for tiger shooting with a built-in gun rack; and a 1920 40/50 Silver Ghost Coupé de Ville made for cognac king Jean Hennessy and later owned by winemaker and noted car collector Baron de Rothschild.