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1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost

1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Open Drive Landaulette

  • Coachwork by F.R. Wood
  • Chassis Number: 1797
  • 'The Best Car in the World' - a claim first made in 1911 was bolstered by a Silver Ghost covering 14,371 miles nonstop, except for Sundays, without any problems. This Rolls-Royce was originally a Derby trials car and then used for the 'London Open Trials.' It is believed the car remained at the Rolls-Royce factory as a test car for an extended period. The first owner of the car took possession in 1912, around a year after it had been built.

    The car was sent to the Rolls-Royce Conduit Street showroom, where it received styled Torpedo coachwork from Barker, as well as detachable Vinet rim wheels and nickel fittings throughout. The vehicle was pained in grey with dark green leather. The first owner was R.G. Reid of the Bank of Montreal, who took delivery in May of 1912. The car was used for two years before it was sent back to Bakers for new bodywork. It was given formal 'Limousine Landauelt' coachwork which was more suitable for chauffeured driving.

    By 1954, the car was in the ownership of Mr. Gordon E. Smith of the Orillia, Ontario area. In the mid-1970s, the car was discovered as a complete rolling chassis by Mr. Joe Loecy, who had earlier purchased another Silver Ghost, chassis 53 MA, from Mr. Reid. Millar Newman acquired 1797 and was able to find a correct period-style body from a Thomas Flyer having coachwork by F.R. Wood. The car passed through several more owners before coming into the car of Mr. Bill Haines in 1988. Mr. Haines treated the car to an extensive cosmetic restoration. In 2003, the car was purchased by John O'Quinn.

    In 2011, the car was offered for sale at the Amelia Island auction presented by RM Auctions. The car was estiamted to sell for $350,000 - $500,000. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $506,000, including buyer's premium.

    By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2012

    2011 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Amelia Island

    Pre-Auction Estimates :
    USD $350,000-USD $500,000 
    Sale Price :
    USD $506,000

    1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Auction Sales

    Recent Sales of the Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost

    (Data based on Model Year 1911 sales)
    1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Drophead Coupe by Barker
    Chassis#: 1713
    Sold for USD$385,000
      2019 RM Sothebys : Hershey
     
    1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Limousine
    Chassis#: 1850E
    Sold for USD$940,000
      2019 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
    1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost image  1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost image  
    1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Roadster
    Chassis#: 1592
    Sold for USD$1,017,500
      2013 RM Auctions - Monterey
    1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost image  1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost image  
    1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Roi des Belges Tourer
    Chassis#: 1677
    Sold for USD$869,264
      2012 Aalholm Automobile Collection
     
    1911 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Seven-Passenger Roi des Belges
    Chassis#: 1574
    Sold for USD$836,000
      2012 RM - Milhous Collection, Fla
    1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost image  1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost image  
    1911 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Open Drive Landaulette
    Chassis#: 1797
    Sold for USD$506,000
      2011 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Amelia Island
    1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost image  1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost image  
    1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Roi-des-Belge Tourer
    Chassis#: 1574
    Sold for USD$682,000
      2009 Pebble Beach Auction : Gooding & Company
    1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost image  1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost image  
    1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost ROI_DES_BELGES
    Sold for USD$522,500
      2008 Worldwide Auctions - The Auburn Auction 2008
     
    1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost
    Sold for USD$990,000
      2007 Gooding & Company
    1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost image  1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost image  
    1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50HP Silver Ghost Roi Des Belges
    Chassis#: 1574
    Sold for USD$797,500
      2007 Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona
    1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost image  1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost image  
    1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost
    Sold for USD$858,000
      2006 Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction
    1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost image  1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost image  
    1911 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Landaulette
    Sold for USD$401,500
      2003 Vintage Motor Cars at Meadow Brook Hall
     

    Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghosts That Failed To Sell At Auction

    1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
    VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
    1911 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50 HP SILVER GHOST TOURER16062023 Gooding & Company : London Auction $500,000$700,000
    1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Tourer17172021 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours Auction $1,000,000$1,500,000
    1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Silver Ghost Tulip-Backed semi open drive Pullman Limousine15432020 Bonhams : The Golden Age of Motoring Sale (1886 1939) $1,000,000$1,300,000
    1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Tourer by Lawton15442016 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island$2,100,000$2,500,000$3,500,000
    1911 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50 ROI-DES-BELGES 2015 Bonhams : The Frederiksen Auction $3,500,000$5,000,000

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    1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Vehicle Profiles

    1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost vehicle information
    Tourer
    Coachwork: Barker
    Chassis #: 1717
    Engine #: 1717
    1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost vehicle information
    Limousine
    Coachwork: Thrupp and Maberly
    Chassis #: 1850E
    Engine #: 58
    1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost vehicle information
    Tourer
    Coachwork: Lawton
    Chassis #: 1544
    1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost vehicle information
    Roadster
    Coachwork: Wilkinson
    Chassis #: 1592
    Engine #: 91
    1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost vehicle information
    Limousine
    Coachwork: Hooper
    1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost vehicle information
    Open Drive Landaulette
    Coachwork: F.R. Wood
    Chassis #: 1797
    1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost vehicle information
    Roi-des-Belge Tourer
    Coachwork: Alford & Alder
    Chassis #: 1574
    Engine #: 72
    1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost vehicle information
    Victoria
    Chassis #: 1683
    Engine #: 1680
    1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost vehicle information
    Roi-des-Belge Tourer
    Coachwork: Barker
    Engine #: 1671