As if the adventures of Bernie Madoff weren’t enough to convince you that we’re living in the new Jazz Age, this might: A very custom, one-off 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II 40/50 HP Continental, known in high Roller circles as the Star of India, is being put on auction for the seriously astronomical price of ten million Euros. That’s one Porsche Turbo over fourteen million Yankee dollars to you and me. Originally bodied by Thrupp & Maberly for the Maharaja of Rajkot, the Star of India has spent the last few decades in the private collection of Hans-Günther Zach at his Mühlheim/Main Rolls-Royce museum.
There’s no indication if Herr Zach is feeling the pinch of the world wide economic meltdown — or if he’s just moving on to greener pastures — but his entire collection is up for grabs. While there’s no doubt other impressive cars up for sale (like the 1926 “Aluminum Sculpture” Phantom I Open Tourer) the star is without question the Star. Never mind the royal pedigree, how can you get past the aluminum on orange carriage work?
Should it sell for its asking price, the 7.7-liter pushrod straight-six Rolls equipped with two additional headlights to follow the path of the steering (fourteen headlights total), would be the most expensive car in the world. After all, rumors of the Japanese man that reportedly paid $15,000,000 for a Ferrari 250 GTO before Japan’s economy imploded in the late 1980s have never been proved. Happy bidding. Thanks to Reddy for the tip!