1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost

The Rolls-Royce 40/50hp, later to become known as the 'Silver Ghost,' was produced from 1906 through 1926 with 7,874 examples produced. 6,173 were built at Manchester and Derby factories and a further 1,703 were built in the United States at the Springfield plant. This was the longest production run of any model from Rolls-Royce.

The 40/50 was in reference to its 40 taxable and 50 true horsepower output. They would quickly gain a reputation for their virtual silence and uncannily smooth, almost vibration-free operation.

Prior to focusing on a single model, Rolls-Royce had produced a variety of models at its Manchester premises. The company was founded by engineer Frederick Henry Royce and entrepreneur the Honourable Charles Stewart Rolls, and early products included two, three, four and six-cylinder models, and even an abortive V8, before Managing Director Claude Johnson's decision to concentrate on the range-topping 40/50hp. It first appeared in 1906 at the London Motor Show, a year later becoming known as the 'Silver Ghost' when chassis number '60551' was exhibited wearing silver-painted tourer coachwork by Barker & Co. It was the 13th chassis of the series built and wore aluminum silver-plated exterior fittings and a silver-plated brass plate bearing the name 'Silver Ghost.'

Powering the Silver Ghost was a 7,036cc (later it grew to 7,428cc) side-valve six-cylinder engine equipped with seven-bearing crankshaft and pressure lubrication. The engine was installed in a sturdy chassis comprised of channel-section side members and tubular cross members were suspended on semi-elliptic springs at the front and a 'platform' leaf spring arrangement at the rear (the rear setup was later revised). The original four-speed transmission with overdrive on the top gear was used until 1909 when it was replaced by a three-speed gearbox with direct-drive top gear. Many improvements and changes were implemented during the Silver Ghost's long production lifespan, including the adoption of servo-assisted four-wheel brakes near the end of 1923.

Chassis number '60551' was a factory demonstrator, and following a successful 2,000 mile trial under RAC supervision, it was entered in the 1907 Scottish Reliability Trial, completing the 15,000-mile run and setting a new World Record. Unfortunately, the Rolls had to make an unscheduled stop at 629 miles caused by a faulty petrol tap shaking shut. The car had been driven day and night, resting only on Sundays, until 15,000 miles had been covered. It had traveled 14,371 miles without an involuntary stop, setting a new world record. After the 15,000 miles, the car was dismantled under the supervision of the R.A.C., with all parts reported 'as new.'

In September of 1911, chief test driver Ernest W Hives journeyed from London to Edinburgh in a Rolls-Royce (chassis 1701) using only top gear. This stunt had just been completed by rivals Napier, and Rolls-Royce felt obliged to respond. The Rolls-Royce traveled the 400-mile journey averaging 24.32 miles per gallon. After the trip was completed, it was taken to the Brooklands racetrack where it was timed at 78.26 mph. Chassis 1701 had a larger carburetor, increased compression, under-slung cantilever rear springs, and a lightweight sports-tourer 'torpedo' body wearing coachwork by Holmes & Co of Derby. After the tremendous accomplishment, orders for replica London-to-Edinburgh models poured in.


by Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2019

Related Reading : Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost History

In 1906 a new model, the 4050 horsepower, was developed with a longer chassis and a six-cylinder engine. The popularity of the new Rolls-Royce grew quickly as it developed a reputation for smoothness, silence, flexibility and, above all, reliability. In 1907 a writer from the Autocar described riding in the Rolls-Royce 4050 hp as ....the feeling of being wafted through the countryside. Engineers....
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The Rolls-Royce vehicles have always been the pinnacle of design, technology, and ambiance. The loudest noise that could be heard by occupants of their vehicles was said to be the clock. In 1904 engineer Frederick Henry Royce joined with the entrepreneur and businessman, the Honorable Charles Stewart Rolls. This union became known as the Rolls-Royce Company. The Silver Ghost became available in....
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1914 Vehicle Profiles

1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information

Landaulette

Chassis Num: 60RB

Frederick Henry Royce was an engineer and the Honorable Charles Stewart Rolls was a man with many talents. He was an aviator, driver, and automobile enthusiasts. In the world of business, he excelled at marketing.....[continue reading]

1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information

Torpedo Grand Luxe
Coachwork: Vanden Plas

Chassis Num: 26RB

The London-to-Edinburgh-style chassis of this Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost was finished on 13 March 1914 and shipped to Van den Plas Coachbuilders in Belgium to be bodied. It was fitted with a Torpedo Grand Luxe body, which was revolutionary for the time....[continue reading]

1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information

Dual Windshield Touring Car
Coachwork: Cockshoot

Chassis Num: 27LB

The Silver Ghost, first built in 1906, went on for 19 years and was advertised as 'The Best Car in the World.' Rolls-Royce Company produced only the running chassis and bodies were fitted to the Silver Ghost by the foremost coachbuilders from Great ....[continue reading]

1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information

Tourer
Coachwork: S. P. Broughton & Co

Chassis Num: 30 EB

Created in Rolls Royce plant on Nightingale Road in Derby, England, this Silver Ghost was placed 'on test' of February 11, 1914. Originally bodies as a landaulette, the vehicle has been rebodied with an original period touring body manufactured by S.....[continue reading]

1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information

Tourer

Chassis Num: 40YB
Engine Num: 96P

This 1914 Rolls-Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost was originally fitted with a Landaulette body by Flewitt. The original owner was C.S. Cockburn of Chesterfield, UK. The car had CAV lighting equipment, Model G headlamps, sidelamps, tail-lamp, switchbox, das....[continue reading]

1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information

Dual Windshield Touring Car
Coachwork: Cockshoot

Chassis Num: 37PB
Engine Num: 30M

This 1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost 40/50 HP has chassis #37PB and Engine # 30M. It was ordered in 1913 and delivered to Glasgow, Scotland in 1914 as a 'chassis only.' It then went to Barker & Company where it was fitted with a Landaulette body. #37PB....[continue reading]

1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information

Tourer

Chassis Num: 35GB

In December of 1914, Chassis 35GB was delivered to Mr. Henry 'Harry' Phipps of New York City, Mr. Phipps was Andrew Carnegie's original partner in the steel business.....[continue reading]

1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information

Tourer
Coachwork: Mann Egerton & Co

Chassis Num: 1EB

Not much is known about 1EB. What is known is it was delivered in 1914 with coachwork by Mann Egerton & Co., Ltd. of Norwich, England. Egerton was a British car dealer and coachbuilder who built their first Rolls-Royce body in 1909 and went on to bui....[continue reading]

1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information

Tourer
Coachwork: Hemmings

Chassis Num: 35 PB
Engine Num: 29N

This 1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, chassis 35 PB, was factory test driven on April 23, 1914. This is regarded as its 'birth date.'....[continue reading]

1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information

Tourer

Chassis Num: 38MA

Most of the Pre-World War I Silver Ghosts were separated from their original coachwork when they were commandeered for the war effort. Usually, they were fitted with bodies more usable as troop or munitions transports. Some found their original bodie....[continue reading]

1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information

Tourer
Coachwork: Barker

Chassis Num: 20UB
Engine Num: 21K

More than any other model, it was the Silver Ghost that gave Rolls-Royce the enviable reputation for all-around excellence that it enjoys to this day. From its debut in 1907 to the last example delivered from Springfield, Mass., factory in May, 1927,....[continue reading]

1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information

Tourer

By the time Henry Class Frick purchased this car in 1914, his chief residence was in New York. Helen Clay Frick maintained and used the car after her father's death in 1919. The British Rolls-Royce automobile resulted from a partnership between Henry....[continue reading]

1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information

Alpine Eagle Torpedo
Coachwork: Portholme

Chassis Num: 17RB

One of the most severe tests for motorcars before World War I was the Austrian Alpine Trials. The steep grades of the mountain passes took their toll on both cars and drivers. After failing in the Austrian Alpine Trial in 1912, Rolls-Royce modified t....[continue reading]

1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information

Alpine Eagle Torpedo
Coachwork: Portholme

This is a very original car with continuous history from post War. It is a typical touring car from 1914 with the high-performance 40/50 horsepower engine. It has been kept in well-known long term ownership. The Alpine Eagle was restored back in the ....[continue reading]

1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information

Tourer

Chassis Num: 18PB

Following the 1912 disqualification of the Rolls-Royce driven by Radley in the 1912 Austrian Alpine Trials, Rolls-Royce modified the 1913 cars and entered four cars, placing 1st and 2nd with James Radley, a private entry, finishing 4th.....[continue reading]

1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information

Torpedo Phaeton
Coachwork: Kellner

Chassis Num: 67RB
Engine Num: 102Y

This sporty Silver Ghost proudly wears the original Torpedo Phaeton coachwork that was built for it by Kellner of Paris. The car was ordered through Rolls-Royce of France for a Portuguese customer named M.M. Castanheira, Lima & Rugeroni Ltd. and it r....[continue reading]

1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information

London to Edinburgh Tourer
Coachwork: Barker

Chassis Num: 29AB

This Silver Ghost, ordered on the desirable London to Edinburgh type chassis with the 3-speed gearbox and sporty 'C' rake steering, was delivered in March 1914 to Major A.J. Gainsford of Sheffield, England. The coachwork is by Barker of London, the r....[continue reading]

1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information

Alpine Tourer
Coachwork: Brewster

Chassis Num: 43YB

43YB is a 1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Alpine model with its original Brewster (New York) Touring body. The Alpine model has a larger radiator and a four-speed transmission to facilitate alpine driving. In 1983, this chassis and body were separated ....[continue reading]

1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information

Tourer

The Silver Ghost was produced by Rolls-Royce form 1907 through 1926; a time when luxury car producers sold only the engine and chassis and owners selected the coachbuilder of their choice to fit a body to it. As a result, there are literally thousand....[continue reading]

1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information

Tourer

This vehicle was recently imported from Australia and was the most original Silver Ghost in that country and has never been shown in the U.S. The Silver Ghost got its name from the paint and plated fittings that cover the car's exterior. Rolls-Royce ....[continue reading]

1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information

Landaulette
Coachwork: Barker

Chassis Num: 25EB
Engine Num: 89M

After testing the Silver Ghost chassis number 25EB on January 28th of 1914, it was delivered to Barker of London to receive its open-drive limousine coachwork. It had a high roofline with large windows around the rear compartment. Inside was a slidin....[continue reading]

1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information

Tourer

Chassis Num: 2BD

This stately limousine by H.A. Hamshaw of Leicester, England was one of the last built prior to WWI. It was first delivered to Captain H. Whitworth in 1914 and then shipped to America in 1916 for Mrs. Mary Heyward Bradford Du Pont, second wife of fin....[continue reading]

1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost vehicle information

Cabriolet

This vehicle was recently imported from Australia and was the most original Silver Ghost in that country. The Silver Ghost got its name from the paint and plated fittings that cover the car's exterior. Rolls-Royce built the Silver Ghost from 1907 unt....[continue reading]

Landaulette
Chassis #: 60RB 
Torpedo Grand Luxe by Vanden Plas
Chassis #: 26RB 
Dual Windshield Touring Car by Cockshoot
Chassis #: 27LB 
Tourer by S. P. Broughton & Co
Chassis #: 30 EB 
Tourer
Chassis #: 40YB 
Dual Windshield Touring Car by Cockshoot
Chassis #: 37PB 
Tourer
Chassis #: 35GB 
Tourer by Mann Egerton & Co
Chassis #: 1EB 
Tourer by Hemmings
Chassis #: 35 PB 
Tourer
Chassis #: 38MA 
Tourer by Barker
Chassis #: 20UB 
Tourer
 
Alpine Eagle Torpedo by Portholme
Chassis #: 17RB 
Alpine Eagle Torpedo by Portholme
 
Tourer
Chassis #: 18PB 
Torpedo Phaeton by Kellner
Chassis #: 67RB 
London to Edinburgh Tourer by Barker
Chassis #: 29AB 
Alpine Tourer by Brewster
Chassis #: 43YB 
Tourer
 
Tourer
 
Landaulette by Barker
Chassis #: 25EB 
Tourer
Chassis #: 2BD 
Cabriolet
 


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