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1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost news, pictures, specifications, and information

Chassis Num: 60RB

Sold for $495,000 at 2006 RM Auctions .

Frederick Henry Royce was an engineer and the Honorable Charles Stewart Rolls was a man with many talents. He was an aviator, driver, and automobile enthusiasts. In the world of business, he excelled at marketing.

The Rolls-Royce Company began its distinguished career in the early 1900’s, focusing on quality and performance. During 1905 and 1906, forty vehicles were produced, all with four-cylinder engines producing 20 horsepower.

1906 was a big year for the young company, with Charles Stewart Rolls and Frederick Henry Royce officially registering the Rolls-Royce Limited Company. The legendary 40/50 six-cylinder Silver Ghost was introduced with much acclaim. During the same year, Rolls and Royce entered the Tourist Trophy Race, one of the most prestigious events of the time.

Their powerful and durable car outran the rest of pack, beating the nearest competitor by 27 minutes. In 1907 the company further showcased their vehicles durability by participating in a 15,000 mile reliability event.

In a time when maintenance and durability were on the minds of every consumer, Rolls-Royce left their buyers with peace of mind. To add even more prestige to their vehicles, the vehicles were marketed to the most elite and well-to-do in society. By supplying their vehicles to British royalty, the Rolls-Royce Company concreted their reputation in history. The cars durability was matched by its comfort; they were outfitted with luxurious bodies by some of the top coachbuilders in the industry.

The engines were powerful and provided a rather smooth and comfortable ride. The engines were engineering marvels, constructed of an aluminum alloy crankcase. Instead of chains, the timing and ignition drive were both run by gears.

The parts were hand polished and constructed to a high degree of accuracy. The sturdy construction meant that conversation were possible, even while the vehicle was at top speed.

The Silver Ghost carried an ambiance that was truly appropriate for its passengers. They demanded pride and respect. Certain coachbuilders excelled at providing fashion and style, and Baker was one of the elite.

The cars built by Baker were tall, allowing the gentleman to enter with top-hats on their head. This tall body also allowed its occupants to look-down upon pedestrians.


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This Landaulette Silver Ghost was commissioned by Stanley Shaw Bond, the owner of Braemar Castle in Scotland. It is believed that Bond and King George V often used the Silver Ghost on hunting expeditions. Upon Bond’s passing in 1943, it was purchased by Stanley Sears and placed in his Rolls-Royce collection.

In 1951 it was purchased by Thompson Doxey. In 1965 it changed hands again and became the property of Julian Ball. It remained in Ball’s collection until 1995 when it was acquired by Peter Vacher.

It was later privately sold to its current owner.

This 1914 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost with chassis number 60RB is an open-drive Landaulette and carries coachwork by Barker. The six-cylinder 7248cc engine produces 48 horsepower which is sent to the rear wheels through a three-speed manual gearbox. Two-wheel drum brakes provide the stopping power.

The suspension is comprised of semi-elliptic leaf springs in the front and three-quarter elliptic leaf springs in the rear.

It is believed to be the most original Silver Ghost in existence. At the 2005 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, it was awarded the FIVA Award for the best preserved prewar car.

By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2007

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