1907 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost


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In its first few years of production, the Silver Ghost was the best touring car in the world. The very first example, #60551 bodied by Barker Roi de Belges, is the most valuble car in the world. Built in 1906 before regular prodution began, it finished some very public durability tests which set the standard for all Rolls-Royces that followed.



Auction Sales History

1912 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Roi des Belges 2232E - sold for $605,000 Currentely rebodied into its present touring style, a Roi des Belges or “Tulip Phaeton,” which was a popular Barker style in the early 1900s that was created by Wilkinson, a well-known modern British coachbuilder.
Auction Source: 2015 Amelia Island by RM Sotheby's



1921 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Silver Ghost Cabriolet 61NE - sold for €149,500 On 15th September 1959 the Silver Ghost was purchased by the vendor's grandfather, imported into Switzerland and restored, in the course of which the rear part of the cabriolet body was reconstructed (the body forward of the doors and all the mudguards are original). The body was painted and lined by hand, and the rebuild completed in April 1962. In 1992 the engine was overhauled, since when only some 4,000-5,000 kilometres have been covered, ... read more
Auction Source: 2015 Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais



1921 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Silver Ghost Windovers 32SGCabriolet - sold for €120,750 In 1979 the Rolls-Royce was restored again and reunited with its original Windovers cabriolet body by Paul Bachmann Frederica, passing in 1990 to Jorgen Hansen and thence to the current vendor in 2014.
Auction Source: 2015 Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais



1913 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp silver Ghost Wilkinson Roi-Des-Belges Tourer 2617 - sold for $693,000 The Hordern Ghost – Previously owned by Richard C. Paine Jr. and John Mozart. Well-documented example of the epic Silver Ghost. Sporting Roi-de-Belges Tourer style coachwork *Matching numbers drivetrain. Great Silver Ghost for tours and driving events. Offered with extensive history file.
Auction Source: 2014 Quail Lodge Auction by Bonhams



1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Holmes Tourer 23ED - sold for $660,000 The car shown here, a genuine London-Edinburgh chassis, was ordered by the British Admiralty on February 21, 1915, and it was delivered on April 28. Silver Ghosts were frequently used by His Majesty’s forces during World War I as staff cars, supply vehicles and, when appropriately clad, armored cars. Chassis 23ED was eventually shipped to the United States through importer R.W. Schuette. It was discovered by prominent Ohio collector and Rolls-... read more
Auction Source: 2013 Monterey Auction by RM Auctions



1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Holmes London-Edinburgh Tourer 23ED - sold for $660,000 A restoration was planned over the years, and appropriate replacements for missing parts were found or remanufactured to exacting original specifications. In particular, the London-Edinburgh Tourer body, in the correct original design and style created by Holmes, of Derby, was supplied by the British coachbuilders Crailville Ltd., of Southall, Middlesex. Established in 1975, Crailville Ltd. specializes in the construction of period-correct bod... read more
Auction Source: 2013 Monterey Auction by RM Auctions



1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Wilkinson Roadster - sold for $1,017,500 The previous owner purchased the car in 1989, while in its chassis form but without coachwork. He then arranged to purchase the roadster coachwork that the car carries today from noted Silver Ghost collector, the late Millard Newman. It is believed that Wilkinson built the body in the 1960s.
Auction Source: 2013 Monterey Auction by RM Auctions



1921 Rolls-Royce 45/50hp Silver Ghost Robinson Drophead Coupé 9AG - sold for €156,000 An extensive restoration was undertaken during Mr Wills' 18-year ownership, which included a complete strip-down to the bare chassis prior to rebuilding the car. According to notes on file from Mr Wills, the engine was completely stripped and rebuilt by marque specialist Jonathan Harley while the gearbox was overhauled by Brunts of Silverdale. In addition, the brakes were relined and the brake actuating rods re-metalled and re-bushed by Coven... read more
Auction Source: 2012 Goodwood Revival Sale by Bonhams



1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost Limousine 2BD - sold for $561,000 One of approximately five Rolls-Royces bodied by H.A. Hamshaw Ltd. Ex-duPont family, A. Atwater Kent Jr., and Richard Solove. Original chassis, engine, and coachwork. Offered from the Estate of John O’Quinn.
Auction Source: Monterey 2012 by RM Auctions



1913 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost “London to Edinburgh” Open Tourer 2517 - sold for €357,280 Offered from the Estate of John O’Quinn. Once owned by the Maharaja of Patiala. Ex-Richard Solove Collection. An older restoration. Accompanied by Rolls-Royce Foundation documentation. Documented in John Fasal’s The Edwardian Silver Ghost. oday the Silver Ghost is finished in a period-appropriate green with black fenders and undercarriage, and the interior is trimmed in complementary tan leather with varnished wood trim. Nickel brightwork a... read more
Auction Source: 2011 London Auction by RM



1907 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Limousine 547 - sold for €324,800 The oldest known Rolls-Royce 40/50 hp Silver Ghost. Built for Arthur H. Briggs, founding director of Rolls-Royce. Originally by Rippon Brothers, the oldest coachbuilder in England. Restoration covered in September/October 1992 issue of The Flying Lady. Winner of Charles A. Chayne Memorial Trophy at Pebble Beach. When Rolls-Royce expert Martin Johnson found the car in 1986 in Derbyshire, it comprised a frame, rear axle, wheels, transmission ... read more
Auction Source: 2011 London Auction by RM



1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Silver Ghost Ceremonial Victoria 1683 - sold for €559,000 Over the course of the last Century, #1683 has been cherished and prized throughout its life. Among numerous pictorial references, it is featured in the Lawrence Dalton book 'Those Elegant Rolls Royce' and was immortalised in the Melbourne Brindle/Phil May book Twenty Silver Ghosts where it is illustrated with the Taj Mahal as its backdrop. Its mileage is thought to have been extremely modest in its Indian service, perhaps less than 10,000 and... read more
Auction Source: 2011 Goodwood Revival Sale by Bonhams



1908 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Silver Ghost Roi-des-Belges Recreation - sold for €647,000 Mr. Wilson elected to restore the car faithfully to 1908 Silver Ghost configuration, no easy task since this year's derivative of 'Ghost had a number of features abandoned on later cars. The engine was mounted in an accurate replica 1908 frame with three-quarter elliptic springs, and a 'dropped' front axle was forged, a period gearbox was configured to the four speed specification with overdrive on the top gear, a feature dispensed with in 190... read more
Auction Source: 2011 Goodwood Revival Sale by Bonhams



1910 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Wilkinson & Sons Balloon Car 1513 - sold for $484,000 Charles Rolls’ original balloon car was lost many years ago. A number of replicas have been built over the years – some accurate, some not. This one, however, is one of two built under the aegis of the late Rolls-Royce aficionado Millard Newman. One was apparently for the famed Harrah Collection, while Newman kept this one for himself. Eventually he sold it to Friendly Ice Cream co-founder S. Prestley Blake, one of the early collectors of pres... read more
Auction Source: 2011 Monterey Auction by RM



1913 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Harley Tourer - did not sell for $700,000 Around 1970, 2517 was discovered languish- ing on an unprotected porch, having been im- pounded in Calcutta some seven years before. Though the timbers of the coachwork had given in to time and the elements, the Ghost was found to be basically sound. Following its purchase, the car was brought back to England. Upon its arrival in the UK, 2517 was purchased in its unrestored state by respected Rolls-Royce enthusiast Charles Howard and was then ... read more
Auction Source: 2011 Pebble Beach Auctions by Gooding & Company



1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost Limousine 2BD - did not sell for €440,000 Offered from the Estate of John M. O’Quinn. One of about five Rolls-Royces bodied by H.A. Hamshaw, Ltd. Ex-du Pont family, A. Atwater Kent, Jr.; later part of Richard Solove collection. Original configuration – chassis, running gear and coachwork.
Auction Source: RM 2011 Villa d’Este Auction



1921 Rolls-Royce 40/50HP Silver Ghost Barker Phaeton 50UG - sold for $379,500 From the Estate of John M. O’Quinn. An original higher-performance “Alpine Eagle”-specification chassis. Displayed at Calcutta in 1921 and featured in period in The Autocar. First owned by H.H. the Maharajah of Charkhari. Re-bodied by Barker & Co. with polished alloy Torpedo Phaeton coachwork in 1926. Restoration completed in 1995; a multiple concours winner.
Auction Source: 2011 Automobiles of Arizona by RM Auctions



1922 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost - sold for €125,027 A wonderful recreation of the London to Edinburgh tourer. Owned by a succession of distinguished caretakers. One of just six P-Series, RG 40/50 HP chassis in existence. The 1922 40/50 HP London-to-Edinburgh Replica was built by I. Wilkinson & Son of Derby in 1975 for the Antique Automobiles Company. It was once incorrectly ascribed the chassis number 2513 and was the subject of a High Court action reported in The Times on 22 July, 1991, in ... read more
Auction Source: 2010 Automobiles of London by RM Auctions



1913 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Open Tourer 2517 - did not sell for $800,000 Rolls-Royce Foundation records indicate that chassis no. 2517 was first delivered on December 18th, 1913 to the Maharaja of Patiala. The car is finished in a period-appropriate green with black fenders and undercarriage. The interior is upholstered in complementary tan leather with varnished wood trim. Nickel brightwork adorns the exterior as well as five plated wire wheels, which add to the car’s sporting appearance. While the undercarriage i... read more
Auction Source: RM Auctions' 2010 Sports & Classics of Monterey



1920 Rolls-Royce 40/50 hp Silver Ghost Coupé de Ville by Mulbacher 24AE - sold for €130,000 Delivered to France in chassis form, 24AE was consigned to Mulbacher et Fils of Puteaux, Hauts de Seine for a coupé de ville body, the only one of its type to emanate from those workshops. The original carriage shops were established in the rue de Varenne in Paris in 1780 by the Mühlbacher family from western Germany. Their first automobile body was a huge mail coach on a steam carriage of Amédée Bollée in 1885 for the Marquis de Broc. Mulbach... read more
Auction Source: 2010 RM Auctions Sporting Classics of Monaco



1923 Rolls-Royce 40/50 hp Silver Ghost Pall Mall Tourer by Holbrook Torpedo Tourer 79JH - sold for €115,000 Rolls-Royce historian John Webb de Campi details that 79JH was bodied in the Pall Mall style by Holbrook of Hudson, New York. The first owner is listed as R.M. Butt of New London, Connecticut on 26th December 1923. In fact, the car was used only by his wife, Minnie Havemeyer Butt, because Robert McCoskry Butt, a Brigadier General in the New York National Guard, had died in 1921. Their New London home, “Rockacres” in the fashionable Pequot Colo... read more
Auction Source: 2010 RM Auctions Sporting Classics of Monaco



1915 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost London-Edinburgh Tourer 23ED - sold for $368,500 hassis 23ED was ordered by the British Admiralty on February 21, 1915 and delivered on April 28. Silver Ghosts were frequently used by His Majesty’s forces during World War I as staff cars, supply vehicles and, when appropriately clad, as armored cars – and consequently few retain their original coachwork today. 23ED was eventually shipped to the United States and was discovered by Joe Loecy, a prominent Ohio collector and Rolls-Royce enthusia... read more
Auction Source: 2010 RM Automobiles of Amelia Island Auction



1915 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost London-Edinburgh Tourer - did not sell for $500,000 Chassis 23ED was ordered by the British Admiralty on February 21, 1915, and delivered on April 28. Silver Ghosts were frequently used by His Majesty’s forces during World War I as staff cars, supply vehicles and, when appropriately clad, as armored cars – and consequently few retain their original coachwork today. 23ED was eventually shipped to the United States and was discovered by a prominent Ohio collector and Rolls-Royce enthusiast in the... read more
Auction Source: 2009 RM Auctions Sports & Classics of Monterey



1924 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Torpedo - sold for €310,970 Finished in a very elegant and stylish shade of green with black fenders and dark green leather interior and carpeting, the car’s condition remains excellent and nicely settled, a testament to the workmanship of its 35-year-old restoration. The lines of this Ghost are quite beautiful and equally pleasing with the hood raised as well as down. On a recent drive around the French countryside we were very impressed with this wonderful car’s sporty... read more
Auction Source: 2008 RM Automobiles of London



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