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1920 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost


Chassis number : 32YE

Rolls-Royce 1920 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost History Specifications
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Known simply as 'The Best Car in the World,' the 40/50 hp Rolls-Royce was produced from 1907 until 1926. Originally named the '40/50 h.p.' the chassis was first made at Royce's Manchester works, with production moving to Derby in July of 1908, and then between 1921 and 1926, in Springfield, Massachusetts.

In 1907, Rolls-Royce, ordered a car to be used as a demonstrator by the burgeoning company. That car, with chassis number 60551 and registered AX 201, was painted in aluminum paint with silver-plated fittings. The car was named the 'Silver Ghost' to emphasize its ghost-like quietness. Since then, the series has been known by those two words.

Cars of this time were notoriously unreliable, and roads of the day could be horrendous, causing parts to fail. This was not so with the cars from Rolls-Royce, which were known for amazing reliability, durability and silence of operation.

This car was ordered in October of 1920 and sold directly to Rolls-Royce of America in Springfield, Massachusetts. Records indicate that 32YE was an important car in the marque history in America. It was one of three cars used as prototypes used to build the new Springfield Silver Ghosts in the American plant.

The first owners were Alla Nazimova, a silent movie era actress from Russia and her husband Charles Bryant, a British born actor. The press eventually uncovered that their union was a sham and scandal ensued.

The Silver Ghost established Rolls-Royce's claim of making the 'Best car in the World,' a reputation that lasts to this day and makes the name Rolls-Royce one of the most recognized trademarks in existence.

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1920 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost

(Data based on Model Year 1920 sales)
1920 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50HP SILVER GHOST ALPINE EAGLE SKIFF TORPEDO
Chassis#: 40FW
Sold for USD$259,867
  2021 Bonhams : Goodwood Festival of Speed
 
1920 ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER GHOST PALL MALL TOURER BY MERRIMAC
Chassis#: 80EE
Sold for USD$371,150
  2021 RM Sothebys : A Passion for Elegance
 
1920 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50HP SILVER GHOST TOURER
Chassis#: 50PE
Sold for USD$126,894
  2021 Bonhams : The Bond Street Sale
 
1920/21 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50HP SILVER GHOST DOCTOR'S CONVERTIBLE COUPÉ
Chassis#: 26TE
Sold for USD$118,070
  2020 Bonhams : The Golden Age of Motoring Sale (1886 - 1939)
 
1920 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Brougham De Ville
Sold for USD$142,110
  2019 Shannons - Sydney Winter Classic
 
1920 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Silver Ghost Alpine Eagle Tourer
Chassis#: 10CW
Sold for USD$268,420
  2018 Bonhams : Goodwood
 
1920 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50HP SILVER GHOST BY BARKER
Chassis#: 5YE
Sold for USD$102,342
  2018 Coys - The Royal Horticultural Halls Westminster, London
 
1920 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Pall Mall Dual Windshield Tourer
Sold for USD$167,750
  2013 Auctions America - California
 
1920 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Silver Ghost Gentleman's Roadster
Chassis#: 80 LE
Sold for USD$435,000
  2011 Bonhams - Quail Lodge Sale
 
1920 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Silver Ghost Tourer
Chassis#: 33PE
Sold for USD$375,805
  2010 Bonhams - Automobiles d'Exception á Rétromobile
 
1920 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
Chassis#: 36PE
Sold for USD$429,000
  2008 Gooding & Company
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1920 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Sedanca de Ville
Chassis#: 60RE
Sold for USD$66,964
  2008 Automobiles of London
 

Rolls-Royce Silver Ghosts That Failed To Sell At Auction

1920 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1920 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Coupé Chauffeur by Binder60RE2015 RM Sotheby's London Auction   
1920 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Cabriolet46PE2013 Bonhams Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais $250,000$300,000
1920 Rolls-Royce 45/50hp Silver Ghost Doctors Coupé49RE2010 Bonhams RollsRoyce, Bentley Motor Cars and Automobilia $180,000$220,000
1920 Rolls-Royce 40/50 hp Silver Ghost Coupé de Ville by Mulbacher24 AE2010 RM Auctions Sporting Classics of Monaco$130,000$200,000$280,000
1920 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Silver Ghost Chassis68TE2003 Bonhams Beaulieu Autojumble $20,000$25,000

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1920 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Profiles

1920 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information
Sedanca
Coachwork: Brewster
1920 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information
Roadster
Coachwork: Barker
Chassis #: 36PE
Engine #: M174
1920 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information
Tourer
Coachwork: Hooper
1920 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information
Tourer
Coachwork: Fitzroy Carriage
Chassis #: 32YE