Offered from the Ivone Peitz Collection
1925 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50HP SILVER GHOST ALL WEATHER TOURER
Coachwork by Locke & Company
Chassis no. S283 PK
7,428cc L-Head Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
100bhp at 3,000rpm
3-Speed Manual Transmission
Front and Rear Leaf Spring Suspension
4-Wheel Drum Brakes
*In same ownership for 23 years
*Great tour car potential
*Desirable T-Series Ghost
*Sporting All Weather Tourer Coachwork
*Late Springfield Ghost incorporating many of the model's major updates
THE ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER GHOST
Rolls-Royce came early to America. In 1906, C.S. Rolls himself brought three cars to race at New York's Empire City track. An exhibit at the annual auto show followed, where three cars were sold. In 1913, a New York depot was set up with coachbuilders Brewster & Co., who bodied the majority of the imported chassis. In 1919, Rolls acquired a factory in Springfield, Massachusetts and began to manufacture the Silver Ghost. In addition to Brewster, American Rolls-Royces were bodied by many other prestige coachbuilders, a number of them under the hallmark of "Rolls-Royce Custom Coach Work". Included in this bevy of eastern craftsmanship were such companies as Biddle & Smart, Willoughby, Merrimac and Holbrook. In order to have cars ready for customers who wished to buy "off the showroom floor," a range of standard designs was prepared, to be executed by the aforementioned firms. Included were the Pall Mall tourer, Oxford seven-passenger tourer, Piccadilly Roadster and Mayfair and Riviera town cars.
Initially the same as its British counterpart, the Springfield Silver Ghost chassis evolved over the years to adapt to its adopted country. First were component substitutions, American Bosch ignition in place of the Watford magneto, American wheels replacing Dunlops and eventually all electrical equipment was of local manufacture. By 1924, six-volt electrics had been adopted, and the following year the chassis was reconfigured for left-hand drive. At the same time, the four-speed, right-hand-shifted gearbox gave way to an American-style three-speed with center change.
The heart of the Silver Ghost was its magnificent engine, a 7,036cc (later 7,428cc) side-valve six-cylinder 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. In the course of its 20-year production life there would be countless other improvements to the car, one of the most important being the adoption of servo-assisted four-wheel brakes towards the end of 1923. The Silver Ghost remained in production in England until 1925 and at Rolls-Royce's Springfield plant in the USA until 1926, the longest production run of any model from that celebrated company.
THE MOTORCAR OFFERED
Fitted with engine number S283 PK, this long wheelbase chassis was off test in November 1925, the chassis was then delivered to the respected coachbuilding firm Locke and Company in New York. Its All Weather Tourer coachwork, which the car carries to this day, was finished in Toffee over Brown complemented by matching Tobacco leather interior trim. This interesting design features central division windows that fold both inwards and outwards over the doors to create fully convertible enclosed bodywork.
Delivered to H.S. Ogilvie in Hartford, Connecticut, the car was later sold to Herman Goldman in New York who kept the car until 1948. Three further owners maintained the Ghost in regular use until purchased by Richard Scarsella of Cold Spring Harbour, New York. In his ownership the car was extensively restored and then placed 1st in the Late Ghost class at the RROC annual meet.
Purchased by the Ivone Peitz Collection in 1991 via Dragone Classic Motor Cars, the car has been very well maintained by the collection's private mechanic since. Of museum quality, this later Springfield Ghost has been on display in the collection's motor house and used regularly. Today it is finished in the correct specification original color combination of Toffee over Brown, with polished aluminum bonnet and matching tobacco brown leather trim. It is well accessorized with nickel headlamps, side lamps and vee-windshield in addition to standard fenders and running board mounted side spare wheels shroud in canvas covers, along with battery and toolboxes. Instrumentation includes a speedometer/odometer, fuel gauge, ammeter, coolant temperature and oil pressure gauges. The canvas roof is beige and in good condition, while a wooden trunk with a canvas cover on the rear allows additional storage for picnics and other outings. Reported to run and drive very well, this unusual bodied Ghost would be most welcome addition to any motorcar collection, and a stand-out among its Rolls-Royce contemporaries.
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