Rolls Royce 40/50 “Silver Ghost”

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  • the most famous luxury car its period
  • rare 3 position-convertible by Park Ward & Co, London
  • marvellous original condition


The Rolls Royce 40/50 “Silver Ghost”

The model “Silver Ghost”, with which the Rolls Royce company established its worldwide reputation, was first presented at the Olympia Motorshow in London in 1906 and built until 1925. Firstly known as type “40/50 H.P.”, the final name "Silver Ghost" came from the twelfth vehicle in the series: the car with chassis number 60551 (manufactured by Barker & Co.) was painted silver, the lamps and fittings were silver-plated (instead made of brass) and the dashboard was made of silver aluminum instead of the usual teak. With this exceptionally imposing appearance and a sensational, breakdown-free non-stop drive over more than 20,000 km at the time, the foundation stone for an automotive legend was laid.

Details I

The present car order of June 1921 shows in detail all wishes of the buyer and first owner (a Mr. Jaquet from Belgium) of this Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost. The buyer decided to have a threeposition drophead built by Park Ward & Co. with wind-up windows and on a long wheel base chassis. The convertible top can be either opened in the front only or completely to expose its lordship to the sun as well. In fact, the whole top folds down nicely and allows good rear views. After having been completed by Park Ward & Co., the chassis was approved on June 16th 1922.

Details II

There is the original picnic case coming with the car which contains all its original components and can be as well used as a foot rest in the rear compartment. The windows can be cranked, which proves to be extremely practical in rainy weather. The roof was recently renewed and is therefore in perfect condition. At the rear is the luggage box, which was of great benefit during longer journeys. Today, the original Silver Ghost, valued at around £ 35 million, is considered one of the most valuable cars in the world.



Details III

What makes this Rolls Royce Silver Ghost so special?

  • that it has an exceptionally high-quality bodywork
  • that it is a convertible with elegant lines
  • that it has cultivated driving characteristics
  • that it is accompanied by many original documents
  • that it has its original picnic set
  • that it has a very attractive price
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Data & Facts

First Registration1922

Engine6-cylinder in line, water cooled

Transmissionmanual, 4-speed, side shift

Weight2.295 kilo

Quantityapprox. 6.178 examples (1906-1925)

Power6.283 cc / output “sufficient” at 1.250 rpm

Brakesdrums (rear)

Top Speedapprox. 55 mph

PriceEUR 169.000 (VAT not to be shown)

DocumentsEnglish registration, contemporary documents, correspondence and invoices

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