Engine: V8-cylinder 6.2 litre overhead valve | Transmission: 4-speed automatic | Bodystyle: Limousine

Marque and model history: Nobody else but Rolls-Royce can lay claim to the term ‘The Best Car in the World’. The superior engineering and design was the brainchild of Sir Henry Royce. He insisted that their cars display their capabilities by winning major and grueling reliability trials regularly. Once the Silver Ghost was launched in 1906, owning a Rolls-Royce was seen as the ultimate status symbol, and a sign that one has arrived. Subsequently it was the car of choice for royalty and aristocrats across the world, naturally with India being no exception. In 1959 Rolls-Royce introduced an all new Phantom V model, sharing some details with their Silver Cloud II model. Powered by a V8 engine mated to a General Motors Hydramatic transmission, the car offered exceedingly silent operation and very luxurious interiors. Bodies were built to a standard design by James Young and Park Ward. These cars have been popular with heads of state and Royalty the world over, particularly in Buckingham Palace.

Provenance: This grand Phantom V is custom built by H J Mulliner with luxurious interiors. Originally built for the British High Commissioner in India, it was subsequently acquired by the Bhogilal collection from a Business family in Mumbai.