British car manufacturer Rolls Royce is known for its luxury saloons and SUVs. It won’t be wrong to call Rolls Royce cars epitome of luxury. We have seen videos of Rolls Royce cars from around the world and they are popular among buyers for its premium looks, features and super silent cabin. They also offer an incredible ride quality. It is a brand that many celebrities and businessmen own because it is a status symbol. Interestingly there is a story of a Rolls Royce in India where the brand is associated with Maharaja Jai Singh. According to the story, the Maharaja used his Rolls Royce to collect garbage when he was once insulted in London. Is this story true? Let’s find out.
If you look up for this incident on the internet, there are several versions of the same story available online. One of the version goes like this. Maharaja Jai Singh visited London and was wearing an Indian attire. While roaming around in the city, he came across a Rolls Royce dealership and tried to go in. He wanted to know more about the vehicle but, as he was wearing an Indian dress, the dealership staff did not let him in. Because of his appearance, showroom staff assumed that he was some beggar and did not let him in.
After this incident, Maharaja Jai Singh felt insulted and he decided to buy 6 Rolls Royce cars. He bought the cars and got them shipped to India. Once the cars arrived, he donated the vehicles to Municipal workers to take revenge against Rolls Royce. He asked the workers to use the Rolls Royce for garbage collection. There are even images of Rolls Royce standig in garbage. The image was already viral on the internet.
Is this story true?
To find out whether this story is true or not, we need to dig a bit into the history. In this case, history of Maharaja Jai Singh. Full name of Maharaja is Sawai Jai Singh and was also known as Jai Singh II. He was born on November 3, 1688, and died on September 21, 1743. Now, one of the important things to note here is the date. Development of motorized vehicle had not started until 1885. It was started by Carl Benz who started the development of motorized vehicle in 1885.
If you are not convinced with that, then we should tell you that Rolls Royce itself was started in 1906. It was way after the death of Maharaja Jai Singh II. Once again, key thing to note here is the date. The story and the timeline contradicts. In short, the luxury car manufacturer only set up its shop after the death of the Maharaja and which proves the story is not true. Its not just Maharaja Jai Singh. There is a story of Nizam of Hyderabad, Maharaja Kishan Singh of Bharatpur and Maharaja of Patiala. There are also names of other Maharajas that are associated with the same story. However, every story has the same timeline contradiction issues.
What are the brooms doing in front of Rolls Royce?
The brooms were not tied to the bumper of the Rolls Royce for cleaning the road. As per the reports, the broom was tied in front of expensive cars to save the tyres. The broom would remove the stones or peddles that would potentially damage the tyre or wheels. This is slightly more believeable as the condition of the roads in India were not the best at that time. Maharajas won’t even replace a tyre. They would simply go ahead and buy a new car. So the duty of the broom was to increase the life of the vehicle and not garbage collection..