Scion brings back royal family`s vintage car

The scion of a royal family here paid a whooping sum of Rs 3.22 crore to an auction house in Canada, to bring back the sold-off vintage Rolls Royce car, customised to order of his grandfather 76 years ago.

Last Updated: Nov 24, 2010, 10:59 AM IST

Rajkot, Gujarat: The scion of a royal family
here paid a whooping sum of Rs 3.22 crore to an auction house
in Canada, to bring back the sold-off vintage Rolls Royce car,
customised to order of his grandfather 76 years ago.

Grandson Mandhatasinh Jadeja attaches a lot of emotional
value to the vintage car, which witnessed umpteen celebrations
and historic moments, with Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi
and Queen of England also enjoying a ride on it.

"I managed to bring back the vintage car by paying Rs 3.22
crore. The car was displayed and auctioned at the Toronto Art
Gallery in Ontario`s latest exhibition. I am happy to bring
back the old heritage of my grandfather Dharmendrasinhji,"
Jadeja told reporters here.

The car which is known as the "Star of India" will be back
to its original place, where its historically linked, he said.

Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, ruler of the princely state of
Rajkot had gained popularity among his people due to his
developmental and pro-poor attitude. Mahatma Gandhi`s father
Karamchand Gandhi was the `diwan` of Rajkot state.

"Dharmendrasinhji had got the car custom-made from the
company for his day-to-day use in 1934. The car remained with
the family till 1968, following which it was sold," Jadeja
said.

PTI