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1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost

Chassis number : 24 CB

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October 9, 1915, is the documented test date for 24 CB, making it one of the later 40/50 HP Rolls-Royce's produced before the Great War and constructed with all the improvements introduced since production began in 1907. The most notable feature, yet the least visible, is its very rare and highly desirable Colonial Alpine Cagle Chassis complete with a four-speed gearbox, 7428cc inline 6-cylinder engine, producing 50 horsepower at 1,500 RPM. There is a 4-speed manual gearbox and larger 2-wheel mechanical drum brakes. This example rides on a 146.5-inch wheelbase frame with semi-elliptic springs suspending the front axle and cantilever springs suspending the rear axle.

This is one of very few Silver Ghosts to survive with its original coachwork. Built for a Royal navy Commander by Maythorn, the curved rear panels were formed over an ash frame. With its bare alloy bonnet, it is typical of more sporting models built on the London to Edinburgh chassis. This car saw service as a reconnaissance vehicle in France during World War I and spent years in Kenya.

The car features the very rare Alpine Eagle chassis with a four-speed transmission, larger brakes and tuned engine to offer an unparalleled touring experience. It has been fitted with custom Maythorn & Son Torpedo Tourer coachwork with a bare alloy bonnet and curvaceous lines for a decidedly sporting appearance.

The Silver Ghost was powered by a 453 cubic-inch L-head six-cylinder engine offering 50 horsepower. It has a live-axle suspension with semi-elliptical front springs and cantilever rear springs.

The Silver Ghost was restored in the United Kingdom in 1993, prior to being sold to the current owner in 2003.

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2009 Pebble Beach Auction : Gooding & Company

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $775,000-USD $850,000 
Lot was not sold

1915 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 1915 sales)
1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Silver Ghost London-Edinburgh Limousine
Chassis#: 9AD
Sold for USD$277,516
  2020 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
 
1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Silver Ghost Alpine Eagle Tourer
Chassis#: 6AD
Sold for USD$329,419
  2019 Bonhams : Goodwood Revival
 
1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Limousine by Hamshaw
Chassis#: 2BD
Sold for USD$506,000
  2015 RM Sotheby's : Monterey
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1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost London-Edinburgh Tourer
Chassis#: 23ED
Sold for USD$660,000
  2013 RM Auctions - Monterey
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1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost Limousine
Chassis#: 2BD
Sold for USD$561,000
  2012 RM Auctions - Monterey
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1915 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost London-Edinburgh Tourer
Sold for USD$368,500
  2010 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Amelia Island
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1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost
Sold for USD$1,100,000
  2007 Gooding & Company
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Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghosts That Failed To Sell At Auction

1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Tourer15BD2022 Mecum : Monterey$475,000  
1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Silver Ghost London-Edinburgh Limousine9AD2018 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais $450,000$550,000
1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost Limousine by H.A. Hamshaw2BD2011 RM Auctions Villa d'Este$440,000$520,000$700,000
1915 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Torpedo Tourer by Maythorn & Son24 CB2009 Pebble Beach Auction : Gooding & Company $775,000$850,000
1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost23ED2009 Sports & Classics of Monterey$500,000$700,000$900,000

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1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Profiles

1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost vehicle information
Limousine
Coachwork: H.a. Hamshaw Ltd.
Chassis #: 2BD
Engine #: 11B
1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost vehicle information
London-Edinburgh Tourer
Chassis #: 23ED
Engine #: 88E
1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost vehicle information
Torpedo Tourer
Coachwork: Maythorne & Sons
Chassis #: 24 CB
1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost vehicle information
Alpine Eagle Torpedo
Coachwork: Portholme
1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost vehicle information
Sports Torpedo
Coachwork: Wilkinson
Chassis #: 15BD