Custom built for hunting, this vintage Rolls was the perfect tiger killer thanks to its hand-cranked machine gun.
Over the weekend a rare 1925 Rolls-Royce Phantom, complete with elephant rifle and machine gun, headed to auction. After crossing the Barrett-Jackson auction block in Las Vegas, the reserve of $450,000 was not met, which means the ex-Maharaja of Kotah’s “Tiger Car” is still available if you’re a fan of wild game hunting in vintage automobiles. Originally commissioned by India’s Umed Singh II, the avid big game hunter would entertain monarchs and heads of industry on his family’s extensive grounds.
Rolls-Royce coachbuilder’s Barker and Co. of London outfitted the Phantom Torpedo Sports Tourer with taller tires, searchlights, gun racks, and an elephant gun mounted on the rear bumper. It also tows a 0.45 caliber hand-cranked machine gun. While the auction house expected the Tiger Car to sell for up to $1 million, the 8.0-liter six-cylinder-powered Rolls was apparently originally painted grey. Vintage car collectors crave all-original motors, so despite its interesting history and firepower, the Rolls is still searching for a buyer.