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1920 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost


Chassis number : 36PE

Rolls-Royce 1920 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost History Specifications
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Sold for $429,000 at 2008 Gooding & Company.
Possibly the most significant car ever built, the Silver Ghost was produced from 1907 through 1926. Thousands of examples remain on the road and are used extensively, a testament to their design and construction. This car wears coachwork by Barker

Originally called a '40/50', this chassis style was first produced in Manchester and later at the Derby factory. Then between 1921 and 1926 in Springfield, Massachusetts. While the name 'The Silver Ghost' was originally given to chassis no. 60551, the title 'Silver Ghost' was taken by the press. The name was used to emphasize the ghost-like quietness of the car.

This 1920 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Roadster wears coachwork by Barker and is one of the most undisturbed Silver Ghosts in existence. It has had only two owners in its 88 years of existence. In 1937, its owner put the car on blocks in the lower levels of San Francisco's Green Street Garage. Just prior to coming to auction in 2008, it had not moved under its power since 1937. The car remained in the garage until 1967 when it was sold to the current owner by the estate of the prior owner.

The car was moved from the garage to the new owner's basement garage where it would remain for the next forty years. In May of 2008, it was moved to a Monterey Peninsula classic restoration shop where it was found to be in excellent shape, considering its age. All of the fluids in the car had been drained and the cylinders filled with oil. The car was brought to running condition in preparation for the Gooding & Company auction, held in August of 2008 at Pebble Beach, California. It was estimated to sell for $250,000 - $350,000. Bidding exceeded those estimates as the lot was sold for $429,000, including buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2009
Sold for $429,000 at 2008 Gooding & Company.
The Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP, now known as the Silver Ghost, was first built in 1906 with quality that had never been seen before on a motor vehicle. The 40/50's large bearings and pressurized oiling system eliminated the noise and unwanted vibration that were then common on other cars. The chassis was also built to much higher standards than most models of the day. This 1920 Silver Ghost wears coachwork by Barker. One of the most original Silver Ghosts in the world, it has had very few changes in ownership during its 94 years of existence. In 1937 the car was put on blocks in the lower level of San Francisco's Green Street Garage, and there it remained until 1967 when it was sold. The car was then moved to the new owner's basement garage where it remained for the next forty years. In 2008, it was moved to a local restoration ship where it was found to be in excellent shape considering its age. The car was brought to running condition in preparation for the 2008 Pebble Beach Auction. Its current owners acquired the car in 2013.

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2008 Gooding & Company

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $250,000-USD $350,000 
Sale Price :
USD $429,000

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