Maharaja Vijaysinhji of Rajpipla owned most of the top brands of cars, some very well known, others that have faded from public memory. Among his more exquisite automobiles were twelve from the Rolls-Royce marquee, from the Silver Ghost 1913 to the Phantom III 1937.
One of the finest cars that Maharaja Vijaysinhji owned was the breathtaking Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost 1921, 40/50 hp, chassis no. 32UG, with Hooper torpedo phaeton tourer coachwork (design no. 5498). Registered in Rajpipla State as Rajpipla No. 1, it was the top car in the Rajpipla fleet for several years. This year marks the centenary of this magnificent car.
On State occasions, the Silver Ghost 1921 led the entourage, followed closely by its stable-mates Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost 1913, chassis no. 16CA with Barker torpedo phaeton tourer coachwork, and the Rolls-Royce 1922 (Baby Rolls), chassis no. 40G1 with Windovers three-quarter landaulette coachwork.
Rolls-Royce expert, and administrator of the Rolls-Royce and Bentley Motor Cars Facebook group with over 46,000 members, Rob Geelan had this to say about Maharaja Vijaysinhji’s Silver Ghost 1921 #32UG, “Your grandfather’s car looks like a bespoke car, ordered and designed specially.”