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1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost


Chassis number : 15BD

Rolls-Royce 1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost History Specifications
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High bid of $475,000 at 2022 Mecum : Monterey. (did not sell)
High bid of $610,000 at 2023 Mecum : Kissimmee. (did not sell)
Rolls-Royce built 6,173 British and 1,701 Springfield 40/50 HP models from 1907 to 1925. This particular example, registration number AO-43, was built to London-to-Edinburgh/Colonial specification. It is a right-hand drive example with a 135.5-inch wheelbase and rests atop a solid-beam live front axle with parallel semi-elliptic leaf springs and a live rear axle supported by parallel cantilever leaf springs. As a London-to-Edinburgh chassis, it has large, 25-inch diameter, steel-spoke wire wheels and correct 895-135 Dunlop Cord black tires with white letters. The wheels are painted a green color to match the body color.

Like all 1915 Silver Ghosts, this example has mechanical rear-wheel drum brakes and is powered by a 7,428cc L-head six-cylinder engine with cylinders cast in two blocks of three. As a London-to-Edinburgh/Colonial version, the compression ratio has been raised to 3.5:1, and with the help of a larger carburetor, output has been boosted to 58. There is a four-speed manual transmission with a gated shifter, and both the engine and transmission have correct 15BD stampings.

When new, this Rolls-Royce wore a Barker open tourer body but was later fitted with this Wilkinson Sports Torpedo coachwork. The exterior is finished in green and there are numerous German Silver fittings and accessories, including the windshield frame, horn and headlamps. A C.A. Vandervell electric lighting system operates the head, side and tail lamps. The rear passenger compartment features a folding windscreen. A black, steel, folding luggage rack at the rear is equipped with an original tan leather trunk. On the right side of the body is a black, fabric-covered spare tire and wheel. At the front is a German Silver Rolls-Royce radiator.

The interior has the original-appearing, red, button-tufted leather, and a wooden, thick-rimmed, four-spoke steering wheel.

Thomas Brahmer acquired this Rolls-Royce in 1959 and commissioned a no-expense-spared restoration that was performed over the course of eight years. It later participated in the Great Alpine Rally in Switzerland in 1973 before being sold a year later at Christies Auction for 26,000 pounds. From 1982 to 2021, it was prominently displayed at the Wakui Museum in Japan. Frank Sloan recently performance a mechanical service and sympathetic detailing.


By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2022

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2023 Mecum : Kissimmee

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $500,000-USD $750,000 
High Bid (Lot was not sold)
USD $610,000

2022 Mecum : Monterey

High Bid (Lot was not sold)
USD $475,000

1915 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 1915 sales)
1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Silver Ghost London-Edinburgh Limousine
Chassis#: 9AD
Sold for USD$277,516
  2020 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
 
1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Silver Ghost Alpine Eagle Tourer
Chassis#: 6AD
Sold for USD$329,419
  2019 Bonhams : Goodwood Revival
 
1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Limousine by Hamshaw
Chassis#: 2BD
Sold for USD$506,000
  2015 RM Sotheby's : Monterey
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1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost London-Edinburgh Tourer
Chassis#: 23ED
Sold for USD$660,000
  2013 RM Auctions - Monterey
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1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost Limousine
Chassis#: 2BD
Sold for USD$561,000
  2012 RM Auctions - Monterey
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1915 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost London-Edinburgh Tourer
Sold for USD$368,500
  2010 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Amelia Island
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1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost
Sold for USD$1,100,000
  2007 Gooding & Company
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Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghosts That Failed To Sell At Auction

1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Tourer15BD2023 Mecum : Kissimmee$610,000$500,000$750,000
1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Tourer15BD2022 Mecum : Monterey$475,000  
1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Silver Ghost London-Edinburgh Limousine9AD2018 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais $450,000$550,000
1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost Limousine by H.A. Hamshaw2BD2011 RM Auctions Villa d'Este$440,000$520,000$700,000
1915 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Torpedo Tourer by Maythorn & Son24 CB2009 Pebble Beach Auction : Gooding & Company $775,000$850,000
1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost23ED2009 Sports & Classics of Monterey$500,000$700,000$900,000

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1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Profiles

1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost vehicle information
Limousine
Coachwork: H.a. Hamshaw Ltd.
Chassis #: 2BD
Engine #: 11B
1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost vehicle information
London-Edinburgh Tourer
Chassis #: 23ED
Engine #: 88E
1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost vehicle information
Torpedo Tourer
Coachwork: Maythorne & Sons
Chassis #: 24 CB
1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost vehicle information
Alpine Eagle Torpedo
Coachwork: Portholme
1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost vehicle information
Sports Torpedo
Coachwork: Wilkinson
Chassis #: 15BD