Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh…Say What? 1984 Rolls Royce Silver Spur
Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, later known by his Cher-like nickname “Osho,” was born in India as Chandra Mohan Jain. Ranjneesh developed a technique known as dynamic meditation, through which his followers could achieve enlightenment or a closer connection with the spiritual being through a process that began with sex…probably with him. Anyway, in the 1980s he fled a hoard of angry husbands/fathers by heading from India to Oregon where he established a large commute of almost 2,000 people, and it was here that he had a Rolls-Royce painted in the craziest peacock paint job you’ve ever seen. Find this 1984 Rolls Royce Silver Spur offered for $44,900 in Bedford Heights, OH via hemmings.
According to the seller, when Rajneesh (bless you!) fled the US he left behind a collection of 80 late-model Roll-Royce luxury machines that had each been customized with crazy custom paint schemes. A Silver Spur won’t be worth much on the market today, but covered in an insane paint job and with a history it could worth more…ehhh…maybe.
A close look shows that some serious effort went into hand painting the peacocks and intricate designs on this “Lace Peacock Car”. If you don’t like peacocks, this won’t be your next ride, but if you want something a bit different, it could be your thing.
The Silver Spur is powered by a 6.75 liter V8 that puts out…well..enough power to push the 5000 lb chassis around nicely. The guys are Rolls-Royce didn’t want to participate in the escalating horsepower wars, so they just adopted a neutral strategy that involved unreleased engine specifications…BUT, enough torque to pull the horn out of a rhino without having the passengers notice.
Given what we know about this Rajneesh character, I highly recommend a thorough steam cleaning of the interior followed by close inspection with a blacklight.
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That bites the Bhagwan.
This car makes me wish I was an ecstasy dealing hippie music festival promoter.
you nailed it, I wish you sold overpriced ecstasy to boho celebrities at coachella
Guy has his own Wikipedia page on Hemmings. A Rolls' a day?
This creep had an enormous mansion on Delores Street full of his devotees. An old girlfriend used to teach yoga classes in the grand ballroom.. which was always filled with paying customers. Her reward was a bowl of soup. As she was a journalist I asked her if she ever bothered to "follow the money" because I saw an enormous scam involved. She was insulted that I suggested same… Oh, and the devotees bought him a new Rolls every year as a present- all done up in obscenely ugly pant custom paint schemes. He finally got into trouble in Oregon and left. There was an IRS sale of various items including a large fleet of similar RRs. I suspect most were extremely low mile examples.
This one? Perhaps at a 10th of the asking! ha
Hilarious! No lack of morons to follow some clown who has the "answers"…….even when they're dressed in red
At a Kruse Auction in the 80's a large number of the Bhagwan's RR's were auctioned off. Dean Kruse had a fine time trying to describe with a straight face. Quite hilarious.