15 Maharaja cars lined up for Paris classic spectacular


Rétromobile will showcase 15 of the most exotic and extravagant pre-war cars owned by the Indian Maharajas when it opens its doors next month.

Vehicles at the 5-9 February event include the Maharaja of Nabha's outrageous 1910 Swan Car – outlawed from Calcutta's roads when owned by Scotty Matthewson because of the furore it caused – plus its companion 1930 Cygnet car, Rolls-Royces converted for hunting and other ceremonial beauties.

There is also a unique ochre and black Figoni-bodied Delage D8 (below), bought from the 1930 Paris Salon by Maharaja Yashwantrao Holkar of Indore, and the Mercedes-Benz Super Sports (above) ordered at the same show by Sir Hari Singh, Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir.

Despite contenders from Rolls-Royce (a brace of 1926 Phantoms including the polished aluminium Silver Phantom of Hyderabad, plus the experimental 1928 Phantom I-17EX), one of the most spectacular vehicles on display will be the swooping Figoni et Falaschi 1938 Delahaye 135 that currently resides in the Mullin Automotive Museum in the USA.

Also on show will be an intriguing 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom II (main image). Delivered to the Maharaja of Rewa with Hooper coachwork in 1930, it was subsequently turned into a limo by park Ward and then chopped into a four-seater cabrio hunting car

Click here to see our previous story on a fascinating Isotta Fraschini that will also be on display. 

Click here for more info on the show and to book tickets. 


Mario Laguna

Hi James,
Thanks for the Paris preview. Rétromobile is a rendez-vous not to be missed, but I will gladly skip the Swan Car (almost fainted the first time I saw it by accident).


Hi James

This will be a great centre piece for Rétromobile.

Is it just me or has the Swan Car had a "little accident" and that the two men kneeling behind are cleaning up after it?




Martin Scott

This is a very nice article. This type of Paris classic car is find in some region of Calcutta. Classic review entertainment that feels like Paris including topless dancers that know how to move in a classy and artistic way. Now the cons: long wait standing in line but we chose to get there early for the late show... Seats on the main showroom floor are tight but not more than most similar showrooms. We did not have the dinner show setting and opted for the champagne instead, so I cannot comment on the food. The champagne was certainly not Dom but was of a quality that did not offend. BMW Mechanic Chicago


Maharaja cars looks and hold the features just like maharaja, its so stylish, royal and rich. Ohh i wish to have a ride in this car. Thanks for sharing the pics, the collection is fabulous.

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