At its Quail Lodge sale in California on August 18 – 19 Bonhams will auction the Maharaja of Kotah’s bespoke 1925 Rolls-Royce Phantom I, fully kitted out for tiger hunting including a mounted machine gun, cannon, rifle stand and brass searchlights.

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Expected to fetch up to $1 million, the unique motorcar features custom work by coachbuilders Barker & Company of London who created the one-off Sports Touring body for His Highness the Maharaja back in the day.

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The massive, impeccably crafted car is powered by an 8.0-liter, 6-cylinder engine with dual-spark ignition that’s set to a low gearing ratio, allowing it to creep powerfully through the roughshod jungles of Rajasthan.

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In addition to the standard luxury fittings for which Rolls-Royce and Barker are renowned, the car features a hidden safe, a nickel-plated hissing snake horn, a rifle stand in the rear passenger compartment, fitted tool kits and two powerful brass searchlights for night spotting.

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For ordnance she carries a mounted Howdah gun (double-barrel shotgun in pistol form), a mountable Lantaka cannon attached to the bumper, and a machine gun mounted on an attached, matching trailer.

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Of course, when out hunting big cats the Maharaja was attended by a full retinue of servants bearing all the essentials for a champagne picnic as well.

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You could buy the bespoke Rolls and stick it in your private museum, or just use it to start a small and extremely stylish war….

Images courtesy of Bonhams