London to Edinburgh Tourer
Coachwork: Mulliner
Chassis Num: 2517
Engine Num: 17P
Sold for $1,870,000 at 2007 Gooding & Company.
Sold for $800,000 at 2010 RM Sothebys.
Sold for $495,880 at 2011 RM Sothebys.
Sold for $629,178 (DKK 3,910,000) at 2015 Bonhams.
In 1913, this Rolls-Royce 40/50HP Silver Ghost with chassis 2517 was ordered. It was fitted with a custom six-seater Torpedo body with coachwork handled by H.J. Mulliner. The original owner was the Maharaja of Patiala, Maharaja Bhupinder Singh, who held forth over the state of Patiala from 1900 to 1938. It is rumored that he married ten times and had 200 concubines and eighty-eight children. His Rolls-Royce rivals those rumors, as it was fitted with many custom features and luxury items. It came equipped with a Cobra horn, running-board coverings, tool roll, and a pair of jump seats. The larger-than-life persona of the Maharaja can be seen throughout the vehicle.

The Maharaja was a favored client of Rolls-Royce and was given the opportunity to order the first Rolls-Royce Twenty. He accepted, but went a bit farther; he ordered a whole fleet of them. Years later, during the 1930s, Rolls-Royce did not accept any orders from Maharaja Bhupinder Singh. In retaliation, the Maharaja assigned his Rolls-Royce cars to the streets, to be used for trash pickup. Only after Rolls-Royce relented did the Maharaja recall his fleet of Rolls-Royce from civil duties.

In 1985 this Rolls-Royce chassis 2517 was acquired by Richard Solove in India. The car was not in running condition, though solid and in fair condition throughout. It wore a London-to-Edinburgh Tourer coachwork which it still retains in modern times. It was brought to running and driving condition, and driven across Patiala and Pakistan to Karachi. Upon arrival, it was sent to Britain and to Jonathan Harley's shop where a four-year restoration was performed.

It is painted in a deep green with open Ghost coachwork mounted on a Colonial Silver Ghost chassis. The interior is tan leather accented by an abundance of light varnished wood trim and nickel brightwork. There is a crystal decanter and four matching tumblers. There are five bright plated wire wheels with one being an off-side mounted spare. The bell headlights are nickel plated, as is the Charles Sykes' Spirit of Ecstasy radiator-cap mascot.

There is a four-speed manual gearbox and its six-cylinder L-head engine produces 50 horsepower. In 2007 it was brought to the Gooding & Company auction held on Pebble Beach, Ca where it was offered without reserve and estimated to sell for $1.0 - $1.5 million. Bidding surpass those estimates as this gorgeous automobile with its magnificent history was clearly seen as the centerpiece of any fine collection. When the gavel struck for the third and final time, the lot had been sold for $1,870,000 including buyer's premium.

In 2010, this car was offered for sale at the 'Sports & Classics of Monterey' presented by RM Auctions. It was estimated to sell for $1,000,000 - $1,500,000. Bidding reached $800,000 but was not enough to satisfy's the car reserve. It would leave the auction unsold.
By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2010

Chassis# 2517

2015 Bonhams : The Frederiksen Auction
Sale Price$629,178 (DKK 3,910,000.00)
2011 RM Auctions - London
Estimated Value:$380,000-$500,000 
Sale Price$495,880
2011 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auctions
Estimated Value:$900,000-$1,300,000 
Lot was not sold
2010 RM Auctions - Sports & Classics of Monterey
Estimated Value:$1,000,000-$1,500,000 
Sale Price$800,000
2007 Gooding & Company
Estimated Value:$1,000,000-$1,500,000 
Sale Price$1,870,000

Analysis

Chassis number 2517 Auction Sales History
2015$629,178
2011$495,880
2011Pre-Sale Estimates: $900,000 - $1,300,000
2010$800,000
2007$1,870,000

2017 2
2015 1
2014 1
2013 1
2011 1
2010 1
2009 1
2008 1
2007 2

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2017$849,750$1,001,0002
2015$629,178$629,1781
2014$693,000$693,0001
2013$1,084,875$1,084,8751
2011$495,880$495,8801
2010$800,000$800,0001
2009$328,616$328,6161
2008$832,000$832,0001
2007$1,361,250$1,870,0002

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1913 sales)
1913 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Silver Ghost 'London-to-Edinburgh' Sports Tourer
Chassis#:2380
Sold for $1,001,000
  2017 Bonhams : Philadelphia Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum
    
1913 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50HP LONDON-EDINBURGH SILVER GHOST SPORTS TOURER
Chassis#:2371
Sold for $698,500
  2017 Bonhams : Scottsdale, AZ
    
1913 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50 SILVER GHOST TOURER
Chassis#:2517
Sold for $629,178
  2015 Bonhams : The Frederiksen Auction
    
1913 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp silver Ghost Roi-Des-Belges Tourer
Chassis#:2617
Sold for $693,000
  2014 Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction
    
1913 Rolls-Royce 45/50hp Silver Ghost London-to-Edinburgh Tourer
Chassis#:Chassis#:2643
Sold for $1,084,875
  2013 Bonhams - The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale
 
1913 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost 'London to Edinburgh' Open Tourer
Chassis#:2517
Sold for $495,880
  2011 RM Auctions - London
    
1913 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Open Tourer
Chassis#:2517
Sold for $800,000
  2010 RM Auctions - Sports & Classics of Monterey
    
1913 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Silver Ghost Open-Drive Limousine
Chassis#:1NA
Sold for $328,616
  2009 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor Cars and Automobilia
    
1913 Rolls-Royce 'Silver Ghost' 40/50hp Roi-des-Belges Tourer
Chassis#:2617
Sold for $832,000
  2008 The Richard C. Paine Jr. Collection
    
1913 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Tourer
Sold for $1,870,000
  2007 Gooding & Company
    
1913 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
Sold for $852,500
  2007 Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island
    

No Sale

1913 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1913 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost 40/50hp Roi-de-Belges Tourer26172011 Bonhams The December Sale $450,000$500,000
1913 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Tourer25172011 Gooding and Company Pebble Beach Auctions $900,000$1,300,000
1913 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Silver Ghost Roi-de-Belges Tourer25312009 RollsRoyce, Bentley Motor Cars and Automobilia $200,000$250,000
1913 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Silver Ghost Roi-de-Belges Tourer25312008 Bonhams Important Collectors' Motor Cars, Pioneer and Vintage Motorcycles and Fine Automobilia $250,000$300,000

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