For Sale: 1921 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost in Bedford Heights, Ohio


Vehicle Description

Although the 40/50hp model would have earned its 'The Best Car in the World' sobriquet in any event, Rolls-Royce's decision to drop all other types only served to focus attention on what would become known as the 'Silver Ghost'. The latter had first appeared at the 1906 Motor Show, acquiring its evocative name the following year when chassis number '60551' was exhibited wearing silver-painted tourer coachwork by Barker. The heart of the Silver Ghost was its magnificent engine, a 7,036cc (later 7,428cc) sidevalve six equipped with seven-bearing crankshaft and pressure lubrication. A sturdy chassis comprised of channel-section side members and tubular cross members was suspended on semi-elliptic springs at the front and a 'platform' leaf-spring arrangement at the rear, though the latter soon came in for revision. The transmission too was soon changed, a three-speed gearbox with direct-drive top gear replacing the original four-speed/overdrive top unit in 1909. In the course of the car's 20-year production life there would be countless other improvements, one of the most important being the adoption of servo-assisted four-wheel brakes towards the end of 1923. Chassis number '61 NE' was delivered from the factory on 7th June 1921 for bodying by Rippon Brothers of Huddersfield, Yorkshire, and was registered 'WA 4876' (a Sheffield mark). Factory records show that the car remained in the Yorkshire area in the hands of various owners, returning to the works for repairs on several occasions. A plaque on the dashboard records the name of one of these owners: Gerald Timmer-Thomson of York Lodge, Beverley. On 15th September 1959 the Silver Ghost was purchased by the vendor's grandfather, imported into Switzerland and restored, in the course of which the rear part of the cabriolet body was reconstructed (the body forward of the doors and all the mudguards are original). The body was painted and lined by hand, and the rebuild completed in April 1962. In 1992 the engine was overhauled, since when only some 4,000-5,000 kilometres have been covered, while the convertible top was renewed in 1998. Because only two of its wheels are braked, this Silver Ghost is limited by Swiss traffic laws to a maximum speed of 30km/h, although the car will easily exceed 100km/h. It is for this reason that the vendor has decided to part with the Rolls-Royce after 55 years of ownership by his family. Described as in generally very good condition, the car is offered with instruction book, parts catalogue, copy chassis cards, vehicle pass (1962), various photographs and Swiss registration papers.

Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-893269
  • Price:$164,900
  • Location:Bedford Heights, Ohio
  • Year:1921
  • Make:Rolls-Royce
  • Model:Silver Ghost
  • Exterior Color:Light Blue / Cream
  • Interior Color:Red Leather
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Engine Size:Inline 6
  • Odometer:0
  • Convertible:Yes
  • Stock Number:260627
  • VIN:61NE
  • Title Status:Clear
  • Exterior Condition:Excellent
  • Seat Material:Leather