Matching-numbers Ghost to sell at Historics

| 1 Aug 2012

A fabulous Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost will cross the block at Historics at Brooklands on 1 September with an estimate £450-550,000.

Branded the 'Best Car in the World’ by The Autocar in 1907, the 40/50hp came to be known as the 'Silver Ghost’ by members of the press.

On 1 April 1911, this car was delivered to Sir Adolph Tuck of London – whose father made his fortune in the 'postcard boom’ of the late 1800s.

It was originally fitted with a chauffeur-friendly Landaulette body, which was swapped in favour of a sporty two-seater design by Rippon Brothers. The company was also credited with building a coach for the Earl of Rutland in 1555, and a 'chariot throne’ for Queen Elizabeth I in 1584.

Chassis 1557 attended the Queen’s Silver Jubilee parade in 1977, before receiving a nut-and-bolt restoration in 2001 – with recent concours prizes verifying the quality of the work.

This example comes equipped with Acetylene head and side lamps, a Boa Constrictor horn, an original tool kit and is finished in dark blue with a red-leather interior.

Auction director, Edward Bridger-Stille, said: “With nine sales now under our belts and nearly 1000 cars put forward, this is one of the finest examples we’ve had the pleasure of bringing to auction.  The opportunity to  acquire a Silver Ghost – particularly one as beautiful as this - is extremely rare, and I anticipate that this significant, museum quality example, should generate interest from all corners of the world.”