In 1919 Rolls-Royce purchased a factory in Springfield, Massachusetts for the production of an American Silver Ghost. Initially, the car was produced as a copy of the British design, but eventually the model received more American components over the years.
Many eastern coachbuilers such as Brewster, Willoughby, Merrimac and Hollbrook benefited from the new factory and produced bodies for the American domestic market on Rolls-Royce chassis. Standard bodies included the Pall Mall, Oxford, Picadilly Roadster, Mayfair and Riviera Town Car.
Throughout production the design incorporated specific components such as American Bosch ignition, American wheels. In 1925 the American model used left-hand drive and used a new 3-speed transmission with a central shifter.
1926 Rolls-Royce Springfield Silver Ghost Brewster Playboy Convertible S400RK – sold for $313,500 Chassis S400RK was delivered March 11, 1926, to a Mr. D. Armstrong, of Greenwich, Connecticut. At that time, it was clothed with a Willoughby-built Mayfair town car body. At some point, it was traded back to Rolls-Royce of America, joining an inventory of “pre-owned” cars that the factory maintained for sale. Many of these were enclosed styles: limousines, town cars, and sedans. When the supplies of these models grew too large, the company would sometimes remove their bodies and substitute sportier coachwork. A good example is the Playboy Convertible Coupe built by Brewster.
1926 Rolls-Royce Springfield Silver Ghost Pall Mall Tourer S226PL – sold for $319,000 Believed to have been owned new by Howard Hughes, Excellent restoration of an original car. Award-winner at Pebble Beach 2007. . S226PL is a very elegant example, believed to have been owned new by Howard Hughes, one of the richest men in the world and, as a film producer, aviator, philanthropist and industrialist, certainly one of the most colorful. Auction Source: 2011 Monterey Auction by RM
1926 Rolls-Royce 40/50 hp Silver Ghost Springfield Boat-Tail Speedster Boattail Roadster S337RL – sold for €240,800 Historian John Webb de Campi, the author of Rolls-Royce in America, wrote that S337RL was subsequently rebodied as a Piccadilly roadster. It was later modified, fitted with a sporting and very attractive boat-tail roadster body and a Phantom I overhead-valve engine, as well as front-wheel brakes. The windscreen is of a later, lower type, and the headlamps are those of a Phantom I. Such modifications were not unusual when the cars were nearly n
ew and have continued over the years.
Nicely set out with a metallic silver body, it is accented with rich blue mouldings and wings. The interior is upholstered in grey leather, and the dashboard, which was new in 2002, is of American walnut and highly varnished. The condition of the car overall is very nice, with a lovely patina evident. The engine, which was rebuilt in 1999 with new pistons and cylinder head, runs very smoothly and has six-volt power. The clutch, gearbox and brakes were all rebuilt at that time, and the car is equipped with modern accessory turn signals for safer driving in modern traffic.