Tuesday, May 19, 2015

The first production Rolls-Royce 20 hp (Baby Rolls) was purchased by Maharaja Vijaysinhji of Rajpipla

Maharaja Vijaysinhji already owned two Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost 40/50 hp cars, 1913 and 1921 models, both with tourer coachwork . When the small 20 hp Rolls-Royce (Baby Rolls) was announced, he expressed keen interest in it.

He, in fact, bought the first production car of this model in 1922, bearing chassis no. 40 G1 and engine no. 101. He instructed the coachbuilders Windovers to fit his Baby Rolls with a three-quarter landaulette body, painted claret with black wings.

This is where the Maharaja’s association with Windovers began. He ordered six further Rolls-Royce cars with their coachwork in the next 15 years.

The car was shipped to India, where it carried the Rajpipla No.25 red registration plate.

Governor of Bombay Sir Frederick Sykes arriving in Rajpipla Rolls-Royce 20 hp 1922, received by Maharaja Vijaysinhji in November 1929.

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