Snapshot – The Poonawalla family, worth a few billion dollars, lives in the plush Koregaon park in Pune, and has interests in diverse businesses, ranging from life saving serums, to horses and hospitality. The family also has a passion for exotic cars, and scores of them. Today, we take a look at what the men of the Poonawalla household favour when to comes to getting around town. Welcome to the Poonawalla garage.
Billionaire Cyrus Poonawalla wanted to build a sporty car aimed at the privileged in India. He even built a replica of the delectable Jaguar D-Type as a proof of his concept. However, destiny had other plans for this race horse and car lover, who went on to build Serum India.
Serum India’s status as a monopoly for a certain period of its history meant that Dr. Cyrus made enough to buy himself plenty of bespoke automobiles. From Rolls Royces to Bentleys, the Poonawalla patriarch is seen a large range of automobiles that even include the very sporty Ferrari F430. Now, that’s a colourful life.
Adar Poonawalla, the son of Cyrus, is a car enthusiast himself. He just bought his little son a Batmobile replica fashioned out of a Mercedes Benz S-Class.
When not seen in his Rolls Royce Phantom, he’s usually seen in a Bentley Continental GT.
His wife Natasha, a well known socialite, is also seen in either of the two ultra luxurious cars.
Ultra luxurious cars apart, Adar is known to enjoy high speeds. The Ferrari F430 Spyder is a convertible that he uses to zip around to satiate speed cravings. The Maserati Quattroporte is another car that usually accompanies the Ferraro F430 with a driver in tow, just in case the weather gods decide to play truant.
Yohan Poonawalla is the big daddy of cars when it comes to the Poonawalla family, outshining uncle Cyrus and cousin Adar in the process. Yohan’s garage features a mix of classic and modern automobiles. A keen car collector, Yohan’s Rolls Royce vintages are a major draw in classic car exhibitions across the country. From a Mercedes Benz 190 SL to a Rolls Royce Phantom III, this man has quite a sizeable collection of classic cars.
Among the modern, high performance cars, the BMW 760 Li, the Porsche Cayenne and the Mercedes Benz S600 serve as daily rides while more bespoke offerings such as the Rolls Royce Phantom and the Bentley Continental Flying Spur are also brought out regularly. Among high performance cars, the likes of the Mercedes Benz SLS AMG and the Lamborghini Gallardo occupy pride of place in the Yohan Poonawalla collection.
[Image courtesy TimesofIndia]