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The Poonawallas, founders of the Serum Institute and owners of the Poonawalla stud farms, have a large collection of vintage and luxury cars. The family declined a request to share details but the vehicles, by some accounts tallying more than 50, often make outings during special events and exhibitions. Recently, they participated in the Parx Super Car Show and Mercedes-Benz’s classic car rally in Mumbai.
Cyrus Poonawalla has been interested in cars from an early age, having built a prototype sports vehicle on the lines of the Jaguar D-Type as a 20-year-old. He reportedly even considered commercial production of the car but decided against it because of the heavy investment it would require.
According to a The New York Times report by Amelia Gentleman – which described Cyrus’s nephew, Yohan, as a “modern maharaja” – the family has at least eight Rolls-Royces, a Lamborghini, a BMW and a Porsche. Some cars feature personalisations like the letter ‘P’ incorporated inside and outside, telephones, televisions and built-in umbrellas.