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1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost

Chassis number : 67RB

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Sold for $2,205,000 at 2020 Gooding & Company : Amelia Island.
This sporty Silver Ghost proudly wears the original Torpedo Phaeton coachwork that was built for it by Kellner of Paris. The car was ordered through Rolls-Royce of France for a Portuguese customer named M.M. Castanheira, Lima & Rugeroni Ltd. and it remained in Portugal for most of its life. While in Portugal the body was separated from the chassis, and when the car returned to England in the 1970s it was in rather sorry condition; it was just the chassis and engine with two crudely built seats. Its current owner bought the chassis in 2009, and in 2012, much to his relief, the original Kellner body was discovered in The Netherlands, and the chassis and body were reunited. The car was then shipped to Ohio to be fully restored. Many of its original French accessories are still intact, including a cocktail cabinet and other traveling accoutrements in the heavily ornamented, burled walnut rear passenger compartment.

The coachbuilding Georges Kellner firm of Paris was established in the 19th century as a manufacturer of carriages. Kellner's son Georges Jr. facilitated its transition to motorcars. Kellner, with assistance by designer J. Frank de Causse, is credited with the creation of the torpedo body style.

It is believed that Kellner bodied a total of 26 examples of the 1914 Silver Ghost with 10 being open body styles, including this example which wears body number 4472. After the current owner was able to locate the original Kellner body in 2012, its placement on its original chassis was completed in just four hours, requiring no modifications, with all holes, fittings, and contact points aligning perfectly.

Steve Littin performed a painstaking, cost-no-object restoration over a three year period. Upon its completion, it was shown in 2015 at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance where it was recognized with numerous accolades. It placed first in its class and was also the recipient of two special awards: Most Elegant Open Car and the Revs Program at Stanford Award, presented to the most historically significant automobile on the show field.

This Rolls-Royce is finished in black and has matching leather and canvas top, and black-painted Dunlop wire wheels. There are correct French Bleriot lights with full electric systems, and twin horns, one of which is a six-tube Le Testophone. There is a rare Quadruple Elliott speedometer, tachometer and altimeter, dual side-mounted spares, and running board-mounted tool chest.

The interior accommodates two passengers in both its front and rear compartments. The driver and front passenger seats are positioned within view of the full complement of gauges used to monitor all mechanical systems. The rear occupants are surrounded by cabinetry filled with extensive vanities, travel accessories, and drinking accouterments.

In 2017, this Rolls-Royce earned a class win and the Chairman's Trophy at the Concours d'Elegance of America, the Francis Eden-Little Trophy for Best Silver Ghost at the 2018 Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts' Club's Rally & Concours d'Elegance, and the Most Elegant Rolls-Royce Trophy at the 2019 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este.

In 2019 it was certified by FIVA.

Modern amenities to make it more suitable to modern driving include turn signals, brake lights, and a self-starter.

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2020 Gooding & Company : Amelia Island

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $2,700,000-USD $3,500,000 
Sale Price :
USD $2,205,000

1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost

(Data based on Model Year 1914 sales)
1914 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER GHOST TOURER
Chassis#: 6TB
Sold for USD$1,160,000
  2022 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
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1914 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost Coachwork by Barker & Co
Chassis#: 54AB
Sold for USD$489,000
  2022 Bonhams : Amelia Island Concours
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1914 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Torpédo Phaeton
Chassis#: 67RB
Sold for USD$2,205,000
  2020 Gooding & Company : Amelia Island
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1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Landaulette by Barker
Chassis#: 25EB
Sold for USD$665,000
  2019 RM Sothebys : Monterey
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1914 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Silver Ghost Open Tourer
Chassis#: 64 AB
Sold for USD$716,232
  2017 Bonhams : The Goodwood Festival of Speed
 
1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Tourer by Hemmings
Chassis#: 35PB
Sold for USD$726,000
  2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island
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1914 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Landaulette by Barker
Chassis#: 25EB
Sold for USD$577,500
  2015 RM Sotheby's Hershey Auction
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1914 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50 SILVER GHOST SKIFF
Chassis#: 54PB
Sold for USD$1,202,840
  2015 Bonhams : The Frederiksen Auction
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1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Tourer
Chassis#: 27LB
Sold for USD$572,000
  2012 RM - Milhous Collection, Fla
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1914 Rolls-Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost Landaulette
Chassis#: 25EB
Sold for USD$550,000
  2012 RM-Automobiles of Arizona
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1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Boat-Tail Skiff
Chassis#: 54PB
Sold for USD$773,402
  2009 RM Auctions - Automobiles of London
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1914 Rolls Royce 40/50Hp Silver Ghost Skiff-Torpedo
Sold for USD$1,072,500
  2008 Worldwide Auctions - Houston Classic 2008
 
1914 Rolls-Royce Landaulette by Barker
Sold for USD$1,155,000
  2007 Gooding & Company
 
1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
Sold for USD$720,000
  2007 Gooding & Company
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1914 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost
Chassis#: 60RB
Sold for USD$495,000
  2006 RM Auctions at Meadow Brook
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Rolls-Royce Silver Ghosts That Failed To Sell At Auction

1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1914 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50HP SILVER GHOST LANDAULETTE BY BARKER25EB2018 BarrettJackson : Scottsdale   
1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Brewster Tourer15LB2012 Leake Auctions Dallas$375,000  
1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Shapiro-Schebera Skiff 2009 Automobiles of Arizona$725,000$1,500,000$2,000,000
1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost 2009 The Scottsdale Auction : Gooding & Company $600,000$750,000

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1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Profiles

1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information
Tourer
Coachwork: S. P. Broughton & Co
Chassis #: 30 EB
1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information
Dual Windshield Touring Car
Coachwork: Cockshoot
Chassis #: 37PB
Engine #: 30M
1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information
Tourer
Chassis #: 35GB
1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information
Tourer
Coachwork: Barker
Chassis #: 20UB
Engine #: 21K
1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information
Tourer
Coachwork: Hemmings
Chassis #: 35 PB
Engine #: 29N
1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information
Landaulette
Chassis #: 60RB
1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information
Torpedo Grand Luxe
Coachwork: Vanden Plas
Chassis #: 26RB
1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information
Dual Windshield Touring Car
Coachwork: Cockshoot
Chassis #: 27LB
1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information
Tourer
Chassis #: 40YB
Engine #: 96P
1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information
Shapiro-Schebera Skiff
Chassis #: 54PB
Engine #: 45J
1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information
Tourer
Coachwork: Mann Egerton & Co
Chassis #: 1EB
1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information
Tourer
Chassis #: 38MA
1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information
Alpine Eagle Torpedo
Coachwork: Portholme
Chassis #: 17RB
1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information
Alpine Eagle Torpedo
Coachwork: Portholme
1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information
Tourer
Chassis #: 18PB
1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information
Torpedo Phaeton
Coachwork: Kellner
Chassis #: 67RB
Engine #: 102Y
1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information
London to Edinburgh Tourer
Coachwork: Barker
Chassis #: 29AB
1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information
Alpine Tourer
Coachwork: Brewster
Chassis #: 43YB
1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information
Landaulette
Coachwork: Barker
Chassis #: 25EB
Engine #: 89M
1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information
Tourer
Chassis #: 2BD
1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information
Landaulette
Chassis #: 54AB
Engine #: 70R
1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information
Tourer
Chassis #: 6TB
Engine #: R100