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1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost

Chassis number : 2BD

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Sold for $1,100,000 at 2007 Gooding & Company.
High bid of €440,000 at 2011 RM Auctions - Villa d'Este. (did not sell)
Sold for $561,000 at 2012 RM Auctions - Monterey.
Sold for $506,000 at 2015 RM Sotheby's : Monterey.
This 1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50 hp Silver Ghost with a Limousine body is one of only about five Rolls-Royce chassis with coachwork by Hamshaw. Hamshaw Ltd. of England was an established builder of prestigious carriages. With the introduction of the automobile, Hamshaw's talents were applied to this new form of transportation. Not only did they produce coachwork, they eventually became a dealer and seller of motorcars, and would go on to represent four brands - Wolseley, Vauxhall, Humber and Sunbeam. These automakers would receive most of Hamshaw's coachwork.

This car was originally bodied for Captain H. Whitworth of Beverley, Yorkshire, but was picked up in 1916 by Schuette, the New York Rolls-Royce distributor. The car was sent to Mrs. Alfred I. duPont of Wilmington, Delaware.

The story surrounding this car's early life includes Alfred I. duPont, one of the three duPont individuals who controlled the duPont powder company. The company was supplying gunpowder to the British in support of their war effort. Alfred requested a special Rolls-Royce limousine for his wife, Alicia. The request was made directly through King George V. Since the Rolls-Royce factory was fully engrossed in war duties, a creative solution was needed to fulfill the request. This car, though created for another individual, was a suitable Silver Ghost for Mrs. duPont.

The history of the car is unclear from this point to the mid-1950s. In 1956 it was purchased by A. Atwater Kent, Jr., and was added to his growing collection of classic cars. In 1980 it was purchased by an English collector who kept it for a short period of time before selling it to another British collector in 1983.

Terry Cohn was the next owner, taking possession of the car in 1990. Richard Solove purchased it next.

This car was one of the last Rolls-Royce Silver Ghosts created before World War I. It is luxuriously appointed with a wicker trunk, ivory door pulls, C.A.V. lighting, driver's intercom, 'triple Elliott' speedometer, inlaid wood folding table, sliding driver window, silk window pulls, rear compartment trim, jump seats, and rear-compartment door pockets.

Since new, the car has been treated to an extensive restoration. In 2007 it was brought to the Gooding & Company auction held in Pebble Beach, Ca where it was estimated to sell for $700,000 - $900,000. It was offered without reserve. As bidding concluded, the lot had been sold for $1,100,000 including buyers premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | May 2008

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2015 RM Sotheby's : Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $550,000-USD $750,000 
Sale Price :
USD $506,000

2012 RM Auctions - Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $600,000-USD $800,000 
Sale Price :
USD $561,000

2011 RM Auctions - Villa d'Este

Pre-Auction Estimates :
€520,000-€700,000 
High Bid (Lot was not sold)
€440,000

2007 Gooding & Company

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $700,000-USD $900,000 
Sale Price :
USD $1,100,000

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
1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost image  1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost image  
1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost London-Edinburgh Tourer
Chassis#: 23ED
Sold for USD$660,000
  2013 RM Auctions - Monterey
1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost image  1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost image  
1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost Limousine
Chassis#: 2BD
Sold for USD$561,000
  2012 RM Auctions - Monterey
1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost image  1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost image  
1915 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost London-Edinburgh Tourer
Sold for USD$368,500
  2010 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Amelia Island
1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost image  1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost image  
1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost
Sold for USD$1,100,000
  2007 Gooding & Company
1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost image  1915 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost image  

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 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