HAri siNGh’s cAr uP For Auc­tioN iN loN­doN

The Sunday Guardian - - Nation -

A rare vin­tage sports car orig­i­nally owned by Hari Singh, the last Ma­haraja of Kash­mir, will be the high­light of an auc­tion in Lon­don next month. The 1924 Vaux­hall 30-98 OE Velox Tourer Chas­sis no. OE 115, is recog­nised among the finest British sports cars of the vin­tage era. It is es­ti­mated to fetch be­tween £330,000 and £390,000 when it comes up in the Bon­hams Bond Street Sale on 2 De­cem­ber.

“This is the finest 30-98 ever of­fered by Bon­hams, and its rare alu­minium body and ex­tra­or­di­nary spec­i­fi­ca­tion makes it one of the most im­por­tant ex­am­ples in ex­is­tence,” says Sholto Gilbert­son, an of­fi­cial at Bon­hams. “Its fas­ci­nat­ing his­tory only adds to the sig­nif­i­cance of this mo­tor car.” Ma­haraja Hari Singh had or­dered an ex­tra hand­brake on the pas­sen­ger’s side, a door on the pas­sen­ger’s side (non-stan­dard) and a split wind­screen, though he drew the line at two steer­ing wheels. The car has gone through sev­eral in­flu­en­tial own­ers in In­dia, Pak­istan, Amer­ica and Bri­tain, in­clud­ing the leg­endary car col­lec­tor and mas­ter watch­maker Ge­orge Daniels and Ed Roy, an in­flu­en­tial Bos­to­nian in the mo­tor­ing world and pres­i­dent of the Vin­tage Sports-Car Club of Amer­ica.

Es­tab­lished in 1793, Bon­hams is one of the world’s largest and most renowned auc­tion­eers.

Ma­haraja Hari Singh’s car.

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