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1913 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost

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One of the most severe tests for motor cars before World War I was the Austrian Alpine Trails. The extremely steep grades of the mountain passes were guaranteed to take their roll on both the cars and their drivers. In the 1912 Trials, a Silver Ghost driven by James Radley failed the demand of an incline and only when the passengers had left the car and helped by pushing it, did the car get underway again. Rolls-Royce was shocked and immediately set out to identify the reasons for the car's failure, since Silver Ghosts had been tested on equally steep inclines in Scotland. Rolls-Royce had not taken into account the lower atmospheric density of the high Alps. The solution to these challenges was known as the 'Continental' model, which had a taller radiator for better cooling, a larger carburetor and the addition of a lower ratio fourth gear for better hill climbing. On their return in 1913, Radley and his Rolls dominated the rally with a top speed of 80 mph. This car has the 'Continental' modifications. It is fitted with a recreation of its original Portholme Tourister body, and has toured over 25,000 miles since restoration in the late 1990s.

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1913 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost

(Data based on Model Year 1913 sales)
1913 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Silver Ghost 'London-to-Edinburgh' Sports Tourer
Chassis#: 2380
Sold for USD$1,001,000
  2017 Bonhams : Philadelphia Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum
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1913 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50HP LONDON-EDINBURGH SILVER GHOST SPORTS TOURER
Chassis#: 2371
Sold for USD$698,500
  2017 Bonhams : Scottsdale, AZ
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1913 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50 SILVER GHOST TOURER
Chassis#: 2517
Sold for USD$629,178
  2015 Bonhams : The Frederiksen Auction
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1913 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp silver Ghost Roi-Des-Belges Tourer
Chassis#: 2617
Sold for USD$693,000
  2014 Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction
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1913 Rolls-Royce 45/50hp Silver Ghost London-to-Edinburgh Tourer
Chassis#: 2643
Sold for USD$1,084,875
  2013 Bonhams - The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale
 
1913 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost 'London to Edinburgh' Open Tourer
Chassis#: 2517
Sold for USD$495,880
  2011 RM Auctions - London
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1913 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Open Tourer
Chassis#: 2517
Sold for USD$800,000
  2010 RM Auctions - Sports & Classics of Monterey
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1913 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Silver Ghost Open-Drive Limousine
Chassis#: 1NA
Sold for USD$328,616
  2009 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor Cars and Automobilia
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1913 Rolls-Royce 'Silver Ghost' 40/50hp Roi-des-Belges Tourer
Chassis#: 2617
Sold for USD$832,000
  2008 The Richard C. Paine Jr. Collection
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1913 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Tourer
Sold for USD$1,870,000
  2007 Gooding & Company
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1913 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
Sold for USD$852,500
  2007 Vintage Motor Cars at Amelia Island
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Rolls-Royce Silver Ghosts That Failed To Sell At Auction

1913 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1913 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Sports Tourer by Barker23712019 RM Sothebys : Hershey $750,000$850,000
1913 Rolls-Royce 40/50HP Silver Ghost London-Edinburgh Tourer23712018 Bonhams : Quail Lodge $750,000$850,000
1913 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost 40/50hp Roi-de-Belges Tourer26172011 Bonhams The December Sale $450,000$500,000
1913 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Tourer25172011 Gooding and Company Pebble Beach Auctions $900,000$1,300,000
1913 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Silver Ghost Roi-de-Belges Tourer25312009 RollsRoyce, Bentley Motor Cars and Automobilia $200,000$250,000
1913 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Silver Ghost Roi-de-Belges Tourer25312008 Bonhams Important Collectors' Motor Cars, Pioneer and Vintage Motorcycles and Fine Automobilia $250,000$300,000

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1913 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Profiles

1913 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information
Torpedo Tourer
Coachwork: Portholme
Chassis #: 2491
1913 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information
Tourer
Coachwork: Saoutchik
Chassis #: 2442
1913 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information
Torpedo Tourer
Coachwork: Portholme
Chassis #: 19MA
Engine #: 101.R
1913 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information
London to Edinburgh Tourer
Coachwork: Mulliner
Chassis #: 2517
Engine #: 17P
1913 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information
London to Edinburgh Tourer
Coachwork: Barker
Chassis #: 52MA
1913 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information
Tourer
Coachwork: Robertson of Glasgow
Chassis #: 1NA
1913 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information
Tourer
Coachwork: Hooper
1913 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information
Town Carriage
Coachwork: Mulliner
1913 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information
London to Edinburgh Tourer
Coachwork: Barker
Chassis #: 2380
1913 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information
Touring
Coachwork: Brewster
Chassis #: SG 2477
1913 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information
Roi-des-Belges Tourer
Coachwork: Wilkinson
Chassis #: 2617
Engine #: 11A
1913 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information
London to Edinburgh Tourer
Coachwork: Wilkinson