1925 Rolls-Royce ‘tiger car’ up for auction, massive elephant gun included

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Bengal tigers beware: This Rolls means business.

There’s nothing quite like buying something that comes with a consolation prize, like a box of Cracker Jacks that contains a secret decoder ring, or a 1925 Rolls-Royce that comes with an elephant gun.

If you love rare and exotic cars, large caliber rifles, and have $500,000 burning a hole in your pocket, well, this should come as good news.

This heavily armed 1925 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Maharaja “tiger car” comes complete with a rear bumper-mounted elephant gun, a double-barrel pistol, and a massive .450-caliber, hand-cranked machine gun towed behind the car. It’s also part of the Barrett-Jackson Auction Company’s annual three-day sale in Las Vegas, Nevada, which began Thursday.

Describing the vehicle, Barrett-Jackson said, “Equipped for hunting Bengal tigers and other wild game, this especially opulent and intriguing 1925 Rolls-Royce Torpedo Sports Tourer was originally commissioned by India’s Umed Singh II…”

The auction house expects the rare vehicle will bring in between $500,000 and $1 million.

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This custom ride was outfitted with a searchlight mounted to the front and rear of the car to startle big game, a nickel-plated snake horn, extra-tall tires for better ground clearance, and lockable gun racks.

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It also came equipped with a double-barrel pistol, and an elephant gun attached to the rear bumper.

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Just in case the occupants of the vehicle needed to fend off the entire animal kingdom, a .450-caliber, hand-cranked machinegun was towed behind the car.

[NPR]

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