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Rolls-Royce museum sells out
Star of India

It is strange, perhaps, that a marque, as eloquent as Rolls-Royce doesn’t have a museum of its own. Fortunately, some privateers have devoted a museum to the noble marque. One of them now sells out its complete collection.


Plenty of Rolls-Royce museums on the European continent. You will find one in rural Spain, another one in Switzerland and no less then two in Austria. But one of the Austrian-based open-to-the-public collections will now disappear as 64-year-old Hans-Günther Zach decided time has come to sell out his complete collection in Mühlheim.

Windovers Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Phantom I Open Tourer 1926

The majority of Zach’s Rolls-Royce cars are of pre war-vintage and best known is without doubt the Phantom II 40/50 HP Continental, known in Roller circles as the ‘Star of India’. The car, bodied by Thrupp & Maberly, was delivered in India in 1934 to Thakur Pradyumansinh Jadeja, better known as the Maharaja of Rajkot.

Rumour spread soon after Zach’s intention to sell out his museum and price indications of 10 million euros for the ‘Star of India’ alone spread over the net. However, that seems a bit of an exaggeration, as Zach supposed to have said he was thinking of 5 million for the complete collection, including three Bentley cars and a wagon load of antique furniture.

Rolls-Royce Zach

Zach’s collection does contain some other interesting cars though. See a list of his coachbuilt Rolls-Royces below. More information and images of each car can be seen here.

Rolls-Royce Zach

1910  20/25 HP "Balloon-Car" Sports Roadster ‘recreation’, as originally built by Mulliner

1920  40/50 HP Silver Ghost Coupé de Ville by Mulbacher

1923  40/50 HP Silver Ghost Torpedo Tourer by Brewster

1925  Phantom I Continental Cabriolet by Manessius-Brüssel

1926  40/50 HP Phantom I Limousine by Maythorn & Sons

1926  40/50 HP Rolls-Royce Phantom I Open Tourer by Windovers

1926  40/50 HP Silver Ghost boat-tailed Roadster by RR Custom Coachwork Springfield

1926  20 HP 3-Position Drophead Coupé by Southern Motors

1928  20 HP Limousine by Barker & Co

1929  40/50 HP Phantom II Cabriolet by Hooper, rebodied by Park Ward and transformed in India into ‘Hunting Car’

1929  40/50 HP Phantom II Open Tourer by Horsfall

1934  20/25 HP Coupé by Watson & Sons

1936  40/50 HP Phantom III Sedanca de Ville by Mulliner

1938  25/30 HP Sport Saloon by Hooper

1938 Silver Wraith by Hooper

1953  Silver Wraith Touring Limousine by Mulliner

1958  Silver Cloud I Saloon (Empress) by Hooper

1961  Phantom V Extended Wheel Base Limousine by Mulliner Park Ward

1969  Phantom VI Royal – Extended Wheel Base Limousine by Mulliner Park Ward


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