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1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost

Chassis number : 1850E

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Sold for $940,000 at 2019 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach.
This 1911 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost was originally UK-registered LE 7043. It was commissioned by Thrupp & Maberly in November 1911 and delivered in March 1912 to be fitted with Seven-Passenger Landaulette coachwork in similar fashion to the Limousine body currently fitted to the chassis. This was one of the first cars built with a sliding roof panel, allowing an open-air experience for its occupants. Other features include oval rear and division windows, grooved Dunlop tires, and nickel fittings.

The first owner was John J. Musker who had the speedometer calibrated in furlongs rather than miles per hour. The car remained with the Musker family until October 1946, when it entered the care of E.W. Butcher of Suffolk, UK. It was sold in 1954 and purchased by Ewart Bradshaw where it was displayed at Preston Garages for most of his ownership. In 1964, it was purchased by K. Marsden who kept it briefly before selling it to Fred MacDonald from Port Credit, Canada. Mr. MacDonald failed to pay the shipper's fee, so it remained in a warehouse until Gordon E. Smith of Orillia, Canada purchased it.

In 1970, it was purchased by Ben Paul Moser of Santa Barbara, California, through whom it quickly passed to Anthony Michaels of Hampstead, London. Dr. Gerald Moore purchased it in 1973 and exhibited at his Heathfield Park Motor Museum in Sussex until his wife passed away, followed by the auction sale of 1850E at Earls Court in October 1977. Around this time it was given a restoration by Colin Crabbe.

P.F. Green became its next owner, caring for it for a brief time before it was acquired by the Lips Autotron Museum in the Netherlands, where it remained until 1990. From there, it was sold to Manfred Dolleschell of Verl, Germany, who kept the car until 2003 when it was sold to Daniel Sielecki of Argentina, who displayed the car at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in 2004, receiving the Co-Chairman's Trophy. David Harrison purchased it in 2005, who kept the car in the United Kingdom until May 2014 when the current American owner purchased the Rolls-Royce. In 2016, it was shown at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.


By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2019

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Provenance *
* Please note, dates are approximate

2019 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $1,000,000-USD $1,500,000 
Sale Price :
USD $940,000

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
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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
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 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