We’ve heard stories of buying rare cars to fulfill their childhood dreams or as collectibles. Here we have a report about a car that can make many car enthusiasts jealous. A 1955 model Mercedes-Benz 180T vintage luxury sedan that was once used by the former Maharaja of Travancore, the late Shri Utharadam Thirunal Marthanda Verma is now being presented to Lulu Group Chairman MA Yusuf Ali. The vintage luxury car that was once the pride of the Maharaja’s garage will be worth the price in Yusuf Ali’s personal garage.
The vintage Mercedes-Benz royal family in question was bought here in the 1950s for Rs 12,000. The car was built in Stuttgart, Germany, and was one of the favorites of the late King. The car was registered in Karnataka and still carries ‘CAN 42’ registration While staying in Bangalore, Raja used to take this car everywhere.
The car even had a nickname. It is called ‘mile by minute’ because it travels at a speed of one mile per minute. According to reports, Marthanda Verma is said to be a man who loved cars and travel. He drove his Mercedes Benz to many places. According to palace estimates, the king traveled 4 million miles, and of these 4 million miles, he traveled 24 million miles in this Mercedes-Benz. Mercedes-Benz is a huge achievement of 24 million miles and the car manufacturer has honored this car medal. The late King of Travancore used this car from the age of 38 and he also drove this car at the age of 85.
According to reports, many prominent personalities approached him with an attractive deal, but he was not interested in selling it. In 2012, the late Raja announced that he would present the car to MA Yusuf Ali. Once the king visited the residence of Yusuf Ali during his visit to Dubai and invited him to his palace. Yusuf Ali accepted the invitation and visited the palace, at which point the king announced his intention to give him the car. He even approached the king for the Mercedes-Benz car and they offered him two brand new Mercedes-Benz cars in exchange for these 180s. He also rejected the offer. The late Mr. Uthradam Thirunal Marthanda Verma had an impressive collection of antique watches, vintage cameras and cars.
The car is currently parked at Coudier Palace. It is currently under the care of Padmanabha Verma, son of the late King, and Uthradam Thirunal Marthanda Verma Foundation. This Mercedels-Benz 18 T luxury sedan is a special car for many reasons. One reason for this is of course the history of the car. The next reason it is covered is distance. If the reports are correct, it is probably the only Mercedes-Benz in the world that has traveled 2.4 million miles. The car is still in working condition. There are various expensive cars in MA Yusuf Ali’s garage but, we are sure that Mercedes-Benz 180 is going to be his most valuable asset.