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1912 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost London-to-Edinburgh Light Tourer

  • Coachwork by Holmes
  • Chassis Number: 2015
  • Engine Number: 8
  • Registration Number: R 4690
Rolls-Royce introduced the 40/50 HP model, later called the Silver Ghost, in 1907. In 1911 one of its rivals, Napier, challenged Rolls-Royce to an endurance trial driving from London to Edinburgh, a distance of over 800 miles, on largely unpaved roads. A Silver Ghost Holmes Tourer won the contest, establishing the model's reputation as the 'Best Car in the World.' Rolls-Royce subsequently introduced its sporty London to Edinburgh chassis with underslung, semi-elliptical rear springs allowing the body to rest much lower. Lightweight coachwork was usually specified for these chassis. This particular Silver Ghost (chassis 2015), the twenty-second built to this specification, was first delivered to the Marquis de Linares in Paris. It was later sold to a Spanish owner and its original body was lost. Today the car has been fully restored in its original style.
Rolls-Royce introduced the 40/50 HP model, later called the Silver Ghost, in 1907. In 1911, one of its main rivals, Napier, challenged Rolls-Royce to an endurance trial driving from London to Edinburgh, a distance of over 800 miles on largely unpaved roads. A Silver Ghost Holmes Tourer won the contest, establishing the model's reputation as 'the best car in the world.' To capitalize on the resulting publicity, Rolls-Royce introduced the Edinburgh chassis. This would have numerous improvements making a fine car even better. It had an underslung, semi-elliptical rear springs allowing its body to rest much lower. Lightweight coachwork was usually specified for these sporty London to Edinburgh chassis.

This example is chassis number 2015, the 22nd car built to London-to-Edinburgh specifications. It was fitted with a Holmes tourer body and delivered to the Marquis de Linares in Paris, France. The car would then change hands and was owned by The Conde del Real of Madrid. It would remain in Spain for 90 years. The original body has been lost.

The car was repatriated to the United Kingdom in 2007 and would undergo a full restoration returning it to its original specifications and style.

2013 Bonhams : The December Sale

Sale Price :
USD $1,387,602 (£ 830,300.00)

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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