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1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost


Chassis number : 2232E

Rolls-Royce 1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost History Specifications
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Sold for $605,000 at 2015 RM Sotheby's : Amelia Island.
The automobile industry was still in its infancy when Rolls Royce introduced their Silver Ghost in 1906. With its arrival, it set a new level of refinement, agility, comfort, and luxury. At the time, it was considered the most advanced automobile that money could afford. Nestled comfortably under the bonnet was an advanced six-cylinder engine that features seven main bearings, a pressurized oiling system, and strong and rigid aluminum alloy crankcase. It had removable cylinder blocks with fixed heads, which eliminated leaks and cooling problems. Casting them in triplets helped shorted and lighten the engine. The reliability was enhanced even further with twin ignition, via magneto and distributor and coil. The crankcase and the timing drive and ignition were driven by gears, not chains. Other features included manifolds and a new twin-jet carburetor developed by Royce. It was given a low compression of just 3.4:1 which allowed the engine to develop incredible torque while turning at just 1,250 RPM.

The engine was reliable but it was also silent without a puff of smoke. It was smooth and powerful. The Silver Ghost was capable of accelerating from a standing start to top speed without shifting. Running in top gear only gave a smoother ride, particularly when the owners were generally the rear passengers.

The refinement of the engine was matched by its luxurious coachwork and its purchase price. This particular example was delivered new in January 1913. At that time it wore a torpedo body by Thrupp & Maberly. It was rebodied in 1988 into its present touring style, a Roi des Belges or 'Tulip Phaeton. The body was created by Wilkinson, a well-known modern British coachbuilder.

During the 1920s, the car was in the care of His Grace the Duke of Sutherland. Recently it was owned by Silver Ghost enthusiast, Millard Newman.

The car is currently finished in a duo-tone cream yellow with butterscotch wings and outlining. It rides on blackwall tires and black wire wheels. It has proper spring gaiters, and plenty of brass accessories and body fittings.

Sold for $605,000 at 2015 RM Sotheby's : Amelia Island.
Henry Royce met Charles Rolls in 1904 shortly after Rolls built his first motor car. Rolls owned a motorcar dealership and began purchasing cars from Royce. They offered four models ranging from two to six cylinders. When Mr. Royce developed an improved six-cylinder engine, the company decided to eliminate the previous models and sell only the new model.

The 40/50 debuted in 1907 and featured Henry Royce's 7428cc side valve inline six cylinder engine. The name 40/50 refereed to its taxable horsepower rating. The rating was a formula that varied by nation and in Britain consisted mainly of the bore and number of cylinders. The engine block featured alloy material while the crankshaft had seven main bearings. Toher features included pressurized oiling, fixed heads and a twin ignition system via magneto or distributor. The Silver Ghost name originated with an early model that was painted silver and referred to the quietness of the engine.

This Silver Ghost was used in World War I by the British Admiralty. It has had several bodies during its life, a not uncommon practice for cars of the era. In 1988, it acquired the current 'Roi des Belges' or 'tulip phaeton' body by Wilkinson, a style made popular in the early 1900's by Barker. The body style was suggested by the mistress of King Leopold II of Belgium.

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2015 RM Sotheby's : Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $500,000-USD $650,000 
Sale Price :
USD $605,000

1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost

(Data based on Model Year 1912 sales)
1912 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Roi des Belges by Wilkinson
Chassis#: 2006
Sold for USD$522,000
  2022 RM Sothebys : Monterey
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1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Torpedo Phaeton in the style of Barker
Chassis#: 2018
Sold for USD$582,500
  2020 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island Auction
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1912 Rolls-Royce 40/50HP OPEN DRIVE LANDAULETTE
Chassis#: 2169
Sold for USD$385,000
  2017 Bonhams : The Bothwell Collection
 
1912 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50 SILVER GHOST CABRIOLET
Chassis#: 2145
Sold for USD$767,967
  2015 Bonhams : The Frederiksen Auction
 
1912 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Roi des Belges in the style of Barker
Chassis#: 2232E
Sold for USD$605,000
  2015 RM Sotheby's : Amelia Island
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1912 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50HP SILVER GHOST 'London-to-Edinburgh' Light Tourer
Chassis#: 2015
Sold for USD$1,387,602
  2013 Bonhams : The December Sale
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1912 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Double Pullman Limousine
Chassis#: 1907
Sold for USD$7,379,786
  2012 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor cars and Automobilia at Goodwood
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1912 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Silver Ghost ‘Roi-de-Belges' Tourer
Chassis#: 1995E
Sold for USD$200,935
  2009 Rolls-Royce, Bentley Motor Cars and Automobilia
 
1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
Sold for USD$797,500
  2009 The Scottsdale Auction : Gooding & Company
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1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Barker
Sold for USD$2,970,000
  2007 Gooding & Company
 
1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
Chassis#: 2092
Sold for USD$935,000
  2006 RM Auctions at Amelia Island
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Rolls-Royce Silver Ghosts That Failed To Sell At Auction

1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1912 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50 HP SILVER GHOST TOURER19212022 Gooding & Company : London Auction $2,500,000$3,000,000
1912 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50HP SILVER GHOST ROI-DES-BELGES20062016 Scottsdale, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa $800,000$1,000,000
1912 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50HP SILVER GHOST CABRIOLET21452014 The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale $600,000$700,000
1912 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50 HP SILVER GHOST LONDON TO EDINBURGH TYPE TOURER22082011 Worldwide Auctions The Auburn Auction $1,900,000$2,400,000
1912 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Silver Ghost Torpedo Phaeton20182003 Bonhams Important Collectors' Motor Cars $180,000$220,000
1912 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Silver Ghost Chassis20822003 Bonhams Beaulieu Autojumble $40,000$60,000

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1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Profiles

1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information
Tourer
Coachwork: Barker
1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information
Tourer
Coachwork: Mulliner
Chassis #: 2092
Engine #: 101X
1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information
Double Pullman Limousine
Coachwork: Barker
Chassis #: 1907
Engine #: 1907
1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information
Touring
Coachwork: Wilkinson
1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information
Touring
Coachwork: Wilkinson
Chassis #: 2018
Engine #: 15G
1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information
Tourer
Coachwork: Barker
1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information
Torpedo Tourer
Designer: Labourdette
1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information
Roadster
Coachwork: Cann
Chassis #: 2095
1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information
Rothchild et Fils - Style Limousine
Coachwork: Hooper
Chassis #: 1937
1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information
Roi des Belges
Coachwork: Wilkinson
Chassis #: 2232E
Engine #: 79T
1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information
London-to-Edinburgh Light Tourer
Coachwork: Holmes
Chassis #: 2015
Engine #: 8
1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information
Limousine
Coachwork: Barker
Chassis #: 1859
1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information
Roi des Belges
Coachwork: Wilkinson
Chassis #: 2006
Engine #: 7W