A Rolls-Royce Legend: Silver Ghost

If you’re familiar with Rolls-Royce, then you are familiar with the Ghost that made its grand appearance in 2009. You may be less familiar, however, with the car that the Ghost honours, the Silver Ghost. First produced in 1906 the Silver Ghost was the first model produced by the two automotive entrepreneurs—Charles Rolls and Henry Royce—and eventually became the longest production run of any model from Rolls-Royce.

Technically, the 40/50-hp is not the first car made by Rolls-Royce, but officially it is regarded as such. Prior to 1908 when the factory moved to Derby in addition to the 40/50-hp many different cars were made, some two and three cylinder models and even a V8! However, the decision to focus on the range topping 40/50-hp was made by Claude Johnson—Managing Director at the time—who is affectionately known as the hyphen in the Rolls-Royce name. The 40/50-hp first appeared the 1906 London Motor Show and became known as the Silver Ghost the following year.

The car is powered by a 7.4-litre 6-cylinder engine that is capable of 60-hp and a top speed of 34-mph. Neck breaking speeds for sure, all through a 4-speed manual transmission.

Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost

It has been suggested that supplying royalty with their vehicles, is what gave Rolls-Royce that initial boost they needed to get to and remain in the public eye. Whether it happened on purpose or by design the plan worked and even royalty in the east were anxious to get their hands on what was ‘the best car in the world’ according to the Pall Mall Gazette in 1911.

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The Silver Ghost featured here, chassis 64AB, was built at the Derby factory on order from an Indian Maharana. After this Maharana’s deposition by the British in 1921 chassis 64AB became quite the traveler making its way to Pakistan, Scotland and even South Africa changing ownership each time before returning to the UK in 1979.

During restoration, which lasted a number of years, the original body was replaced, the car was completely re-trimmed and the engine completely overhauled. The rebuild was completed around 2013 and is up for auction now and expected to go for anywhere from $380,000-510,000.

Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Interior

If you’re familiar with Rolls-Royce, then you are familiar with the Ghost that made its grand appearance in 2009. You may be less familiar, however, with the car that the Ghost honors, the Silver Ghost. First produced in 1906 the Silver Ghost was the first model produced by the two automotive entrepreneurs—Charles Rolls and Henry Royce—and eventually became the longest production run of any model from Rolls-Royce.

Technically, the 40/50-hp is not the first car made by Rolls-Royce, but officially it is regarded as such. Prior to 1908 when the factory moved to Derby in addition to the 40/50-hp many different cars were made, some two and three cylinder models and even a V8! However, the decision to focus on the range topping 40/50-hp was made by Claude Johnson—Managing Director at the time—who is affectionately known as the hyphen in the Rolls-Royce name. The 40/50-hp first appeared the 1906 London Motor Show and became known as the Silver Ghost the following year.

The car is powered by a 7.4-litre 6-cylinder engine that is capable of 60-hp and a top speed of 34-mph. Neck breaking speeds for sure, all through a 4-speed manual transmission.

Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost

It has been suggested that supplying royalty with their vehicles, is what gave Rolls-Royce that initial boost they needed to get to and remain in the public eye. Whether it happened on purpose or by design the plan worked and even royalty in the east were anxious to get their hands on what was ‘the best car in the world’ according to the Pall Mall Gazette in 1911.

The Silver Ghost featured here, chassis 64AB, was built at the Derby factory on order from an Indian Maharana. After this Maharana’s deposition by the British in 1921 chassis 64AB became quite the traveler making its way to Pakistan, Scotland and even South Africa changing ownership each time before returning to the UK in 1979.

During restoration, which lasted a number of years, the original body was replaced, the car was completely re-trimmed and the engine completely overhauled. The rebuild was completed around 2013 and is up for auction now and expected to go for anywhere from $380,000-510,000.

Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Interior

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