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1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost

Chassis number : 1683

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Sold for $990,000 at 2007 Gooding & Company.
Edwardian Elegance for the Maharaja of Mysore
The rulers of India, the Maharajas of various states and city-states, were loyal customers of the Rolls-Royce marque. Many lived a very lavish lifestyle in palaces with staff and attendants to wait on their ever need and desire. When they traveled they were often accompanied by large numbers of guards, retainers, family and staff. Rolls-Royce had a colonial model which was well suited to the rougher roads and conditions of remote regions, and a popular choice for many of the Maharajas. They were fitted with a wide variety of coachwork for entertainment, hunting, ceremony and transportation.

The coronation of King George V was celebrated by all of the Princes of India in what was called the Delhi Durbar. This beautiful Rolls-Royce is one of eight Silver Ghosts with identical landaulette bodies provided for this special event. After the coronation, it was presented to the Maharaja of Mysore, who had it rebodied with this magnificent open (to suit the tropical climate) Victoria to be used for parades and other special ceremonies by the Maharaja.

The eight identical landaulette bodied cars were built by Barker, Hooper, Windovers, Mulliner and Thrupp & Maberly. This car, with chassis 1683, was the only on bodied by H.J. Mulliner and was fitted with Pullman Limousine coachwork.

Following the Durbar, ownership passed to Krishna Raja Wadiyar IV, Maharaja of Mysore. At some early period in its life the Mulliner Pullman limousine coachwork was removed and rebodied wih this open Victoria. It was used for parades and similar ceremonial occassions.

The passengers riding in the elevated rear seat are protected from the sun by a folding victoria top. The large umbrella in the rear was to provide partial shading for the guards and retainers standing at attention in the sun. A very thoughtful gesture on part of the Maharaja.

The car returned to England in the 1950s and treated to a restoration. Upon completion, it was sold at auction to James Leake for the price of $27,000, a high price at the time. Millard Newman became the cars next owner and then purchased by Richard Solove in 1993. He commissioned Dave Hemmings to perform another restoration which still shows nicely in modern times.

At the 1994 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance it was awarded first-in-class honors and earned the Millard Newman Award at Amelia Island in 2003.

This Silver Ghost has a side-valve, six-cylinder, 7428cc engine producing 48 horsepower at 1,250 rpm, and a three-speed transmission. The seven-bearing crankshaft has full pressure lubrication and the center main bearing is made specially large to remove vibration, essentially splitting the engine into two three-cylinder units. Two spark plugs are fitted to each cylinder with a trembler coil to produce the spark with a magneto-the instruction was to start the engine on the trembler/battery and then switch to magneto. The substantial chassis had rigid front and rear axles and leaf springs all round. The success of the model led to the company dropping the previous range of cars and following a one model policy until the launch of the 20 hp in 1922. In all, a total of 8,416 Silver Ghost cars were produced from 1907 to 1926, including 1,703 from the American Springfield factory. Many are still running to this day. The Silver Ghost was the origin of Rolls-Royce's claim of making the 'Best car in the world' - a phrase coined by the prestigious publication Autocar in 1907.

In 2007 it was brought to the Gooding & Company auction held in Pebble Beach, Ca where it was estimated to sell for $800,000-$1,200,000 and offered without reserve. Those estimates proved very accurate as the lot was sold for $990,000 including buyer's premium.

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2007 Gooding & Company

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $800,000-USD $1,200,000 
Sale Price :
USD $990,000

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
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1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Roadster
Chassis#: 1592
Sold for USD$1,017,500
  2013 RM Auctions - Monterey
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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
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1911 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Open Drive Landaulette
Chassis#: 1797
Sold for USD$506,000
  2011 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Amelia Island
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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
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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
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1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50HP Silver Ghost Roi Des Belges
Chassis#: 1574
Sold for USD$797,500
  2007 Vintage Motor Cars in Arizona
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1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost
Sold for USD$858,000
  2006 Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction
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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 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 Profiles

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
Roi-des-Belge Tourer
Coachwork: Barker
Engine #: 1671
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: Alford & Alder
Chassis #: 1574
Engine #: 72
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
Limousine
Coachwork: Hooper
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
Limousine
Coachwork: Thrupp and Maberly
Chassis #: 1850E
Engine #: 58
1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost vehicle information
Tourer
Coachwork: Barker
Chassis #: 1717
Engine #: 1717