1921 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost

The Rolls-Royce Company was founded by engineer Frederick Henry Royce and entrepreneur the Honourable Charles Stewart Rolls and prior to 1908, manufactured a variety of models at its Manchester premises (In 1908 they relocated to a new factory in Derby). They produced cars with two, three, four and six cylinders and even worked on a V8, before Managing Director Claude Johnson's decision to focus on the 40/50hp model that would become known as the 'Silver Ghost.' It had first appeared at the 1906 London Motor Show and the following year earned its nickname when chassis number '60551' was exhibited wearing silver-painted tourer coachwork by Barker & Co.

The Silver Ghost was powered by a 7,036cc (later growing to 7,428cc) side-valve six equipped with seven-bearing crankshaft and pressure lubrication. The chassis was comprised of channel-section side members and tubular cross members that were suspended on semi-elliptic springs at the front and a 'platform' leaf spring arrangement at the rear. The rear suspension setup was soon revised, and the transmission was changed to a three-speed gearbox with direct-drive top gear replacing the original four-speed/overdrive top unit in 1909.

Numerous improvements would be made during its 20 year production lifespan with perhaps on the most important changes being the adoption of servo-assisted four-wheel brakes towards the end of 1923. From 1921, two spark plugs were fitted to each cylinder with a choice of coil ignition or magneto. The earlier cars were fitted with a trembler coil to produce the spark with a magneto as an optional extra which later became standard. Rolls-Royce instructed its customers to start the engine on the battery/trembler and then switch to magneto.

In 1914, electric lighting became optional and was standardized in 1919. Electric lights replaced the older ones that used oil or acetylene. Electric starting was fitted from 1919.

From 1921 through 1926, the Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost series chassis were built by Rolls-Royce of North America, Inc. in the Springfield, Massachusetts factory. The production of Silver Ghosts was subsequently followed by the new Phantom series from 1926 until the facility closed its doors in 1931. From 1921 to 1926, a total of 1,703 Springfield Silver Ghosts were built.

From 1906 to 1926, Rolls-Royce built a total of 7,874 examples of the Silver Ghost.


by Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2019

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1921 Vehicle Profiles

1921 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information

LWB Touring Car

Chassis Num: 72 LG

In 1919, after World War I, Rolls-Royce England was two years behind in filling chassis orders. For this and other economic reasons, the decision was made to build up to 350 chassis each year in Springfield, MA. The chassis were to be identical to ....[continue reading]

1921 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information

Tourer
Coachwork: Locke

This vehicle is a 1921 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Tourer with coachwork by Locke.....[continue reading]

1921 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information

Roadster
Coachwork: Plaxton

Records indicate this chassis was ordered by a brewery owner in Liverpool. The son of the owner oversaw the construction of the body by the Laxton Company in Scarborough. He was said to be a large man and hence the oversized passenger side of the sea....[continue reading]

1921 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information

Pall Mall Tourer

This car is the earliest open Springfield-built Rolls-Royce known to exist. In 1921, Rolls-Royce decided to build some motor cars in the United States, and it chose Springfield, Massachusetts, as its base. That location was chosen for its proximity t....[continue reading]

1921 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information

Torpedo Phaeton
Coachwork: Barker

Chassis Num: 50UG

Chassis number 50UG was given the higher compression engine, higher speed gearing and 'D' rake steering and levers. After its testing was complete, the car was sent to Hooper & Co, where a Touring Phaeton body was fitted. It was fitted in ivory with ....[continue reading]

1921 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information

Oxford Tourer

Chassis Num: 95MG
Engine Num: 20-92

Rolls-Royce had an American factory at Springfield, Massachusetts from 1919 to 1931. Rolls-Royce offered a range of bodies to be sold under the name 'Rolls-Royce Custom Coachwork.' Most of these were built by Brewster, but some were commissioned by M....[continue reading]

1921 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information

Phaeton
Coachwork: Brunn

Chassis Num: 39AG

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1921 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information

Drophead Coupé
Coachwork: Windovers

Chassis Num: 32SG
Engine Num: P68

This Silver Ghost was delivered new to Wessel & Wett in Copenhagen Denmark fitted with Drophead Coupe/Cabriolet coachwork by Windovers. Windovers was founded in 1856 in Huntingdon but from 1924 they were based in North West London. They diversified i....[continue reading]

1921 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information

Tourer
Coachwork: Cunard

Chassis Num: 65 UE

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1921 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information

Open Tourer
Coachwork: James & Co.

Of all the cars sold to the royal families of India, the 40/50 HP Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost is probably the most famous. This 97-year-old example, called The Wankaner Rolls-Royce, has been with the same family for four generations. Purchased in 1921 b....[continue reading]

LWB Touring Car
Chassis #: 72 LG 
Tourer by Locke
 
Roadster by Plaxton
 
Pall Mall Tourer
 
Torpedo Phaeton by Barker
Chassis #: 50UG 
Oxford Tourer
Chassis #: 95MG 
Phaeton by Brunn
Chassis #: 39AG 
Drophead Coupé by Windovers
Chassis #: 32SG 
Tourer by Cunard
Chassis #: 65 UE 
Open Tourer by James & Co.
 


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1922Ford (1,147,028)Dodge (152,673)Chevrolet (138,932)
1921Ford (1,275,618)Chevrolet (130,855)Buick (82,930)
1920Ford (806,040)Chevrolet (146,243)Dodge (141,000)
1919Ford (820,445)Chevrolet (129,118)Buick (119,310)
1918Ford (435,898)Buick (126,222)Willys Knight (88,753)
1917Ford (622,351)Willys Knight (130,988)Buick (115,267)
1916Ford (734,811)Willys Knight (140,111)Buick (124,834)

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