‘Tis the Season to be jolly if Rolls-Royce is your preferred mode of vintage transport.
Whether you presently own, or even plan to purchase a classic car, Christmas seems to be a good time to flex those wallet muscles.
Classic auctioneers are hot the heels of Santa Claus and his reindeer’s, as they deliver their seasonal lot lists to those about to take their first steps into the joy of classic car ownership or are planning to delight someone else by presenting them with some four-wheeled history.
Barons’ Christmas Classic Sale is one such place where everything from starter classics and stately 1920s and 30s limousines to sleek sportscars and a fine array of future-classics are on show.
Scrooge will need to lose his cold heart miserly approach if this very special 1921 RHD Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost is to be on his wish-list (Est: £125,000-£150,000).
A total of 7874 Silver Ghost cars were produced from 1907 to 1926, including 1701 from the American Springfield factory. Many of them still run today. A fine example is on display at the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu.
The chassis had rigid front and rear axles and leaf springs all round. Early cars only had brakes on the rear wheels operated by a hand lever, with a pedal-operated transmission brake acting on the propeller shaft. The footbrake system moved to drums on the rear axle in 1913. Four-wheel servo-assisted brakes became optional in 1923.
It is one of only two fine examples to be built in the American Springfield factory that were equipped artillery wooden wheels. This wonderfully-original Willoughby-bodied Pickwick Town Car has covered less than 26,000 miles in its 97-year history.
Incredibly it has spent over 45 years in a museum in the USA and has covered just over 5,000 miles since 1989.
More information on this lot can be found here.
Images courtesy of Barons.