And they can all be yours!
Earlier this month we brought you the story of one Bikram Choudhury, the controversial guru behind "hot yoga" - and the owner of a substantial car collection, which he left behind when he fled the United States for his native India. Now a significant part of that collection is coming up for auction, and it's chock-full of vintage Rolls-Royces.
Just how many, you wonder? A solid dozen, plus another five Bentleys (from a time when the two were sister brands under the same ownership), and a smattering of other classics and oddities.
Now we can wrap our heads around the notion of someone who amassed as much wealth as Choudhury spending a portion of his fortune on Rolls-Royces. What we can't figure is why he bought so many iterations of the same models - including four Camargue coupes (all from 1978-1980 and chopped into convertibles) and five Silver Clouds (four of them from the same third series). There's a pair of Phantoms and a '76 Silver Shadow as well, along with three examples of the Bentley S3 and two R-Type saloons. As much as we can appreciate a man who knows what he likes, a little imagination goes a long way when putting together a classic-car collection.
Bikram did exhibit at least a little creativity in his collection, though he clearly wasn't much of a driving enthusiast. Apart from the Bentleys and Rolls-Royces, the collection also includes a '73 Ford Mustang convertible, a '71 Pontiac LeMans Sport convertible, a '66 Jaguar Mark X sedan, an oddball '69 Intermeccanica Murena shooting brake, and a 2012 Factory Five GTM kit car. He also had a smattering of Benzes, Ferraris, and other cars, but those have yet to be found. Those that have are consigned to RM Sotheby's to sell individually to the highest bidders on March 20-21 at the Palm Beach International Raceway in Jupiter, Florida.