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1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Pall Mall Sport Tourer / S226PL Vehicle Information

1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost photograph

1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost photograph

1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost photograph

1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost photograph

1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost photograph

1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost photograph

1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost photograph

1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost photograph

1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost photograph

1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost photograph

1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost photograph

1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost photograph

1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost photograph

1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost photograph

1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost photograph

1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost photograph

1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost photograph

1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost photograph

1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost photograph

1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost photograph

1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost photograph

1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost photograph

1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost photograph

1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost photograph

1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost photograph

1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost photograph

1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost photograph

1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost photograph

1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost photograph

1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost photograph

1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost photograph

1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost photograph

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Sold for $319,000 at 2011 RM Auctions at Monterey.
Rolls-Royce automobiles are special in their own right - among the finest in the world. This Rolls-Royce is a bit more special as it was owned by the eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes during his halcyon Hollywood years.

This automobile is known as a 'Springfield Rolls-Royce,' since the car was manufactured in Rolls-Royce's American plant in Springfield, Mass. (operational from 1920 until 1931). The Pall Mall Tourer body was built by Rolls-Royce Custom Coachworks in New Haven, Conn. The body style is attractive and functional, ideally suited for countryside touring.

This was the last year for the Silver Ghost; it was succeeded by the Phantom I. The Silver Ghost was powered by a six cylinder motor that developed 120 brake horsepower.

Chassis number S226PL is a Merrimac-build Pall Mall tourer. It is a left-hand drive example with a three-speed central-change gear box and dual ignition.

The Merrimac Body Co. was formed in January of 1920 by some of the principals from the J.B. Judkins Co. at Amesbury, Massachusetts. Judkins had received a large order from Mercer and needed additional space to build open bodies. Thus a new factory was constructed at nearby Merrimac, also called West Amesbury. Though it is sometimes described as a subsidiary of Judkins, Merrimac was actually a separate company. They specialized in tourers and roadsters for such customers as DuPont, Franklin, Locomobile and Mercer, in addition to Rolls-Royce.

The Great Depression was a difficult period of time, and Merrimac suffered along with the rest of the country. They essentially ceased coachbuilding in 1931, but remained in business, doing upkeep and refurbishment for customers until 1934.

This vehicle is believed to have been used by Ella Hughes, wife of Howard Hughes. It remained in Houston after they moved to Hollywood, where Hughes was embarking on a career as a film director and producer. It is believed to have remained in storage at Houston for over 5 decades. In May of 2005, the car was purchased by the current owner and then treated to a complete, frame-off restoration. Upon completion, it was invited to the 2007 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, where it was awarded Second in Class.


By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2011


2011 RM Auctions at Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $300,000-USD $400,000 
Sale Price :
USD $319,000

1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1926 sales)
1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Pall Mall Tourer by Merrimac
Chassis#: S366RL
Sold for USD$196,000
  2020 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island Auction
 
1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Tilbury Sedan
Chassis#: S 256 PL
Sold for USD$68,320
  2018 Bonhams : Collectors Motorcars and Automobilia Auction
 
1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Tilbury Sedan by Willoughby
Chassis#: S360RL
Sold for USD$131,600
  2018 RM Sothebys : Scottsdale, Az.
 
1926 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50HP SILVER GHOST PICK-UP
Chassis#: S248PK
Sold for USD$159,500
  2017 Bonhams : The Bothwell Collection
 
1926 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER GHOST PICCADILLY ROADSTER
Sold for USD$357,500
  2015 Bonhams Amelia Island Auction
 
1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Playboy Roadster
Chassis#: S400RK
Sold for USD$264,000
  2014 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours
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1926 Rolls-Royce Springfield Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
Sold for USD$213,266
  2013 Coys Auction - A236 True Greats
 
1926 Rolls-Royce Springfield Silver Ghost Playboy Convertible Coupe by Brewster
Chassis#: S400RK
Sold for USD$313,500
  2013 RM Auctions - Amelia Island
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1926 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Playboy Deluxe Roadster
Chassis#: S208ML
Sold for USD$495,000
  2013 Gooding and Company - The Scottsdale Auction
 
1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Pall Mall Tourer by Merrimac
Chassis#: S226PL
Sold for USD$319,000
  2011 RM Auctions at Monterey
1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost image  1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost image  
1926 Rolls-Royce 40/50 hp Silver Ghost Boat-Tail Speedster
Chassis#: S337RL
Sold for USD$320,216
  2010 RM Auctions - Sporting Classics of Monaco
 
1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
Chassis#: S255PL
Sold for USD$319,000
  2008 Gooding & Company
1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost image  1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost image  
1926 Rolls-Royce Springfield Silver Ghost Tilbury Sedan
Chassis#: S360RL
Sold for USD$160,000
  2007 Bonhams - Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia featuring The Frank Cooke Collection Part II
 
1926 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Silver Ghost London-Edinburgh style Torpedo Tourer
Chassis#: S178ML
Sold for USD$161,000
  2006 Bonhams - The Frank Cooke Collection
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1926 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Silver Ghost Playboy RoadsterS306PL2018 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais $340,000$400,000
1926 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Silver Ghost Piccadilly RoadsterS295PL2016 Bonhams : The December Sale $250,000$280,000
1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Piccadilly Roadster by Rolls-Royce Custom Coach WorkS295PL2016 RM Sotheby's : London Sale $280,000$320,000
1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Pall MallS236PL2015 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours $300,000$375,000
1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Piccadilly RoadsterS335RL2014 Rick Cole Auctions : Monterey $395,000$425,000
1928 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Piccadilly RoadsterS335RL2014 Gooding & Company The Scottsdale Auction $400,000$500,000
1926 Rolls-Royce 45/50hp Silver Ghost Playboy RoadsterS400RK2012 Bonhams Collectors' Motor cars and Automobilia $120,000$150,000

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
1926 Sport Tourer
Coachbuilder: Fleetwood
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
1926 Pall Mall Sport Tourer
Coachbuilder: Merrimac
Chassis Num: S226PL

Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
1926 Piccadilly Roadster
Coachbuilder: Brewster
Chassis Num: S255PL
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
1926 Piccadilly Roadster
Coachbuilder: Merrimac
Chassis Num: S321PL

Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
1926 Stratford
Coachbuilder: Brewster
Chassis Num: S3345RL
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
1926 Piccadilly Roadster
Coachbuilder: Merrimac
Chassis Num: S335RL
Engine Num: 22355

Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
1926 Playboy Convertible Coupe
Coachbuilder: Brewster
Chassis Num: S400RK
Engine Num: 28004

1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost

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