India – 404 miles (650km) southwest of New Delhi.
The Vintage and Classic Car Collection, The Palace Udaipur
Gulab Bagh Road
Web language: English
This is a car museum.
09:00 – 17:00
The Vintage and Classic Car Collection is a car collection and a museum with a difference. All the vehicles on show have belonged to the Maharanas of Mewar both past and present. Despite some vehicles being over seventy years old, each one has been painstakingly restored so that they are in working order.
The 20 cars exhibited have all belonged to Udaipur’s previous three Maharanas, each of whom has shown himself to be an avid motoring enthusiast.
The picks of the exhibits on display are the magnificent set of four Rolls-Royce’s. The first is a 1924 Rolls-Royce 20 H.P. This car was awarded the ‘Best of Class Category, Vintage Classic in the Cartier Travel with Style Concours’ in November 2008. Then is a 1934 Rolls-Royce 20-25H.P that was originally a limousine and was later converted into a pick-up by Maharana Bhagawat Singh mainly to transport the cricket team to and from the grounds. There is also a 1930/31 Rolls-Royce 20-25 H.P that was originally a Tourer and was later converted to Shooting Brake by Maharana Bhagawat Singh. The remaining one is a 1934 Rolls Royce Phantom II that was bought by the 76th. Custodian House of Mewar, Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar of Udaipur. The Phantom II is perhaps the finest car on view and as unique a vehicle as one could find.
The garage also houses two enormous 1938 Cadillacs that are still used on special occasions and come as a pair. The four-door Convertible is the Maharana’s car, while the saloon is for the use of the Maharani, hence the curtains in the rear windows. Family crests adorn the rear doors of both Cadillacs, adding a further royal touch to these two majestic automobiles.
Of the remainder of the collection the bright red 1946 MG-TC convertible stands out. For lovers of sports cars seeing this speed machine is a must. Most of the other cars are rather more sedate, however. Yet vehicles such as the 1930 Ford-A Convertible or the Vauxhall-12 are no less remarkable.
On 15th February 2000, The Vintage & Classic Car Collection at the Palace Udaipur was opened to the general public. This inauguration allowed visitors to appreciate this astonishing collection of cars for the first time.
The collection is housed in the original former Mewar State Motor Garage. The semi-circular motor garage with its forecourt is housed within a greater courtyard. One of the original Shell petrol pumps is not only still standing, but also in a usable condition. The motor garage itself was built at a time when the only cars in town belonged to the Mewar State Motor Garage.
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This is small collection of cars but each exhibit is in excellent condition with a story to tell and all the more interesting due to the setting. Make sure you visit the palace first to get a feeling for the history of the place and the people. The attendants are charming and very knowledgeable so make sure you accept an offer for a guided tour as it will really bring the exhibits to life.