Maharaja, Bhupinder Singh on his Rolls Royce

India is a land of diversity. There are many strange folk tales and stories connected to the Indian royal families. Our illustrious erstwhile royals have been a part of numerous tales that entertain generations.

The obsession of the royal families for expensive things and their crazy spending habits are funny stories for the present generation. Their fancy for big, expensive cars too is well known.

Between 1907 and 1947, around 900 Rolls-Royce cars made their way to India. Most of these cars have very interesting stories linked with them. Some of them are outrageous, others funny.

One such story is related to Maharaja Bhupinder Singh. He got furious with the Rolls-Royce company's refusal to accept his order for a brand new Rolls Royce in 1930.
In retaliation the Maharaja ordered to put his old Rolls-Royce cars to pick up garbage, dung and filth in Patiala city.
The British ruling establishment forced Rolls-Royce to quickly adhere to the Maharaja's request.
Another story is about Maharaja of Bharatpur. He always bought three automobiles at the same time. Once Rolls-Royce company denied him mechanics to fix faults in his old cars.
Like the Maharaja of Patila he issued a threat to convert his cars into garbage carriers. The car-maker promptly sent a group of mechanics to Bharatpur to sort out the faults.

Somehow our Kings and Princes were greatly fascinated by the Rolls Royce brand and used to buy those cars in bulk. Mysore Maharaja used to buy them in multiples of 7 at a time and it was popularly called “Doing a Mysore” and it seems he had 24 Rolls Royce in his garage at some point of time.
Bhupinder Singh was the most notorious of all. He used to go on a motorcade with a fleet of 20 cars together and was known to have more than 50 Rolls Royce in his garage.

There is a nice documentary about Rolls Royce’s love affair with Indian Maharajas.

The complete documentary can be downloaded from these rapidshare links. Total of 550 mb

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