First-Class Taxi: Rolls Royce Phantom Painted with Gold Spotted Being Used as Taxi on Street

First-Class Taxi: Rolls Royce Phantom Painted with Gold Spotted Being Used as Taxi on Street

  • Social media users have reacted to a video of a Rolls Royce Phantom turned into a taxi on the streets of India
  • The whip said to be the costliest in the world was painted all around it with gold and would sure cost higher than normal taxis
  • It is believed to be one of the whips of a famous businessman and philanthropist from South India

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Rolls Royce Phantom is a luxury car that just can't be afforded by anyone and is usually flaunted by the few who possess it, but for a man-made it look like something of less value.

What many would consider a priced asset that is reserved for VIP events or special outings, was converted into a taxi and was spotted on the streets of India.

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It was being used as a taxi. Photo Credit: Screengrabs from video shared by
Source: Instagram

A video capturing the whip in motion was shared on Instagram by and got many talking.

It was given a standout look

The luxury car whose price starts from over GHc3 million was also painted with gold, giving it a standout look anywhere it is spotted.

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A netizen claimed the car belongs to a wealthy man called Boby Chemmanur.

In @_tharun_2004_ words:

"It's a car form Kerela and is owned by a rich businessman named Boby Chemmanur and it's a taxi for the people who visit his resort."

Chemmanur Devasikutty Boby is a wealthy philanthropist and businessman from South India who deals in gold, according to Arealnews.

He owns the Boby Chemmanur International Group.

Watch the video below:

Social media reactions

@syed_aasem said:

"There are many rolls Royce service providers and they charge 50k-1l for 6-8hrs."

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@byecodm said:

"Lol that sunny wagachura golden guys just plated gold on their cars and most people think that car make of gold no Hate to anyone but the trhth is truth."

@jomon_gregory said:

"Bobby chemmanur is opening so many jewellery shop's in Bangalore that's why that phantom is there in Bangalore."

@an_uncommonname said:

"Boby Chemmannur, owner of Oxygen Resorts Kerala . The gold car is a part of a package at the Oxygen Resorts in Kerala."

@nitish_singhal2000 said:

"Not plated. Just gold colour plastic wrapped. Hardly cost more then 1 lkh."

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