These are world-class vehicles used by royalty, heads of state, prime ministers and top business executives across the world. The luxurious vehicles were imported for the then king, queen and other royalty at different times.
But since the abolition of monarchy, over five dozen expensive vehicles worth billions of rupees have been left in a completely sorry state just like scrap.
According to officials of a committee formed to study and make recommendations to the government regarding the management of such vehicles, the total cost of the 65 vehicles, which have gathered dust inside their garages for nearly three years past due to government apathy, is estimated at Rs 5 billion.
The Ministry of Culture is responsible for managing such vehicles.
The vehicles, which include Jaguar, Daimler and Mercedez-Benz models, were imported from the United Kingdom, Singapore and other countries. Some of the vehicles were left under the open sky for two to six months. Due to lack of maintenance, they became covered with bushes.
I spotted this peeking out while walking to work. I am guessing, based on the subtly damp tyre tracks, that the owner has only recently escaped the rain and thus left the garage door open and exposing this beauty.
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On our trip to Germany, we visited the Mercedes Benz Museum in Stuttgart. This is a very well put together museum. Seven floors of Mercedes goodness – from the first internal combustion engine and the stories of Karl Benz, Gottlieb Daimler, and Wilhelm Maybach to groundbreaking motorcoaches, aircraft engines, trucks, buses, classic coupes, sedans and racers – all in the contex of history. Each level has an exhibit of groundbreaking technology and an exhibit of “everyday” cars from the era. You can see Priness Diana’s 500 SL, Ringo Star’s 190 AMG, and other, more regular vehicles (like short-distance haulers, postal trucks, ambulances, etc. All awesome stuff. They also have a nice restaurant. We managed to keep ourselves busy (including the kids) for about 5 hours without complaint. That is a sign of a good museum. These are some pictures from that visit. Enjoy.