One of the most impressive surviving Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost motor cars will go under the hammer at Pebble Beach August 14 – 15 2021…
Ever since it was first shown at the 1906 Olympia Motor Show, the Silver Ghost or 40/50 HP chassis as it’s often referred to by those who live and breathe Rolls-Royce, has remained the cornerstone of elegance.
Waxed lyrical and the most respected of all early Rolls-Royce motorcars, a total of 6,173 Silver Ghosts were built up until 1925, when it was succeeded by the new Phantom. From publicity events and gatherings to record-setting long-distance tours and rallies, the 40/50 is now one of the most desirable pre-war motor cars in existence with collectors often retaining their anonymity following a purchase.
Silver Ghosts built before the outbreak of WWI, in particular, remain the most sought-after of their kind, as each one is revered for its reliability, silent operation, and driving ease – characteristics that have stood the test of time over a century later.
This particular 1910 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Pullman Limousine, chassis 1392, stands alone in its grandeur and is possibly the most impressive surviving example of its kind. Chassis 1392’s coachwork was skillfully crafted by S & A Fuller Coachworks of Bath in England and boasts wooden window casements, curved corner windows, and contours of the double limousine’s coach lines dazzle the senses.
Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost – The Fuller
Affectionately dubbed ‘The Fuller’ in Rolls-Royce circles, the Silver Ghost has been strategically located within various US and UK-based collections, where its character and original components have been carefully and tactfully preserved to the highest level.
Its exquisite interior is adorned with an extremely rare and beautiful quad-faced Elliott instrument array, complemented with a double-faced Elliott in the rear compartment, making chassis 1392 one of the earliest cars to feature rear instrumentation. The Silver Ghost’s elegant, original 111-year old seat cloth and cushions, headliner, carpets, and privacy shades are remarkably intact.
‘The Fuller’ joined the consignor’s collection in 2006 and is presented in its original color combination, with black fenders and claret maroon coachwork. It was skillfully brought back to concours standards, with special care given to conserving its materials and finishes. 1392 has earned class awards at Amelia Island and at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®, where it received the coveted Lucius Beebe Award.
This Silver Ghost moves with alacrity and authority, enduring more than 110 years as the impeccable and graceful example presented today. A crowning centerpiece of any conceivable collection, chassis 1392 represents a strong and irreplaceable link to the opulence and grand style of the Edwardian Era.
Anyone thinking of bidding on this slice of stunning automotive history would be advised to be in possession of more than $2,600,000…
All images copyright and courtesy of Gooding & Company
Photos by Brian Henniker
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