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By Samir

We took the overnight bus from Jaisalmer to Jaipur through a private coach operator. The bus ride took about 15 hours, and was on a double-decker bus though the upper deck was inside the bus with smaller enclosed berths. Our berth was small, but fit us and our luggage. It would have made the ride a bit more comfortable if the outside windows actually closed while the bus was driving through the desert in the cold winter night.

We arrived in Udaipur early morning, and went to our hotel for early check-in. The auto-rickshaw that we rode in couldn’t handle the steep climbs of the old city and died out near the hotel. Too bad it didn’t have some of the engines that we saw later that afternoon – we went to the Vintage Car Collection near Pichola Lake. We saw cars that were once owned by Rajasthani royalty of the Udaipur region. All of the cars, except one, are still functional / drive-able (as proudly proclaimed by one of the guides at the museum). We got to see all of the cars, including several American-made cars, and some brands that we’d never heard of like Morris, Hillman and others.

Here’s a 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom:

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We wish all cars of today had this kind of rear seat legroom (also of the 1934 Rolls Royce Phantom).

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The guide noted that the RR on the hood of the car (short for Rolls Royce) used to be painted red while the company founders were still alive. When each died, their corresponding R was painted black (by the company, on all vehicles). The museum had a Rolls Royce with one red R and one black R.

Check out the hood ornament on a 1942 Ford Jeep:

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My two favorites were the 1946 Buick Super Saloon:

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And a 1938 Cadillac Fleetwood Sedan:

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