Formely the property of the late John Cuthill Sword,1922 Rolls-Royce 40/50 hp Silver Ghost Barrel-sided Tourer  Chassis no. 43JG Engine no. P123

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Lot 170
Formely the property of the late John Cuthill Sword, 1922 Rolls-Royce 40/50 hp Silver Ghost Barrel-sided Tourer
Registration no. SN-2140 Chassis no. 43JG Engine no. P123

Sold for £ 122,500 (US$ 160,887) inc. premium
Formely the property of the late John Cuthill Sword
1922 Rolls-Royce 40/50 hp Silver Ghost Barrel-sided Tourer
Coachwork by Park, Ward

Registration no. SN-2140
Chassis no. 43JG
Engine no. P123
This Alpine Eagle engined Ghost was originally commissioned by Glasgow shipbuilder Arthur C.Connell, of Dougalston, Milngavie, Dumbartonshire, whose shipyard – Charles Connell & Company of Scotstoun - was a well-known builder of ocean liners whose clients included Titanic owner Bruce Ismay’s Asiatic Steam Navigation Company. This beautifully-proportioned tourer by master coachbuilders Park Ward has the unusual option of all-brass brightwork, including the radiator and the handsome bell-shaped headlamps. While brass radiators as a standard fitting had been discontinued by Rolls-Royce before the Great War, they were still available in the 1920s to special order. Other unusual demands made by Mr Connell were no ventilators and no mascot.

Bidding in style from the driving seat of another lot - a 28-hp Lanchester (a sister car to his own example of that rare breed) - George Milligen acquired this Rolls-Royce at the sale of the John Cuthill Sword Collection at Balgray, Ayrshire, in March 1965, paying the second-highest price (£5,800) at that landmark auction which provided a number of significant vehicles for his collection (see lot 25).

In remarkably original condition, this Rolls-Royce had covered less than 30,000 miles at the time of the Sword Sale. It was repainted by George Milligen’s favoured coachbuilder Robinson of Norwich soon after he had acquired it, and is now in a nicely-matured condition.
This is the car on which George Milligen reckoned he covered his highest-ever daily mileage at the wheel of a vintage car, driving 415 miles from Monte Carlo to the North of France between morning and evening at the end of the 1987 summer Monte Carlo Retrospective Rally. He was, at the time 77 and the car 65 years old!

From the “P” series of Silver Ghosts produced during 1922, and fitted with the coveted “Alpine Eagle” high compression engine, this car has rear wheel brakes only; consequently, George Milligen carried out his favoured conversion of fitting well-base wheels to the rear of the car, originally on beaded edge tyres all round, because, as he said: “Well-based wheels at the back give a much better grip of the road, while beaded-edge tyres on the front give much lighter steering.” This was a conversion made simple by this car’s original specification with twin-sidemounts, as both well-base and beaded edge spares could be carried.

Invoices confirm that its engine was fitted with new piston rings in 1987 by specialist engine engineers Reynolds and Hostler of Norwich, while the car’s record books show George Milligen’s typical diligent servicing regime continuing into the 1990s. The Ghost was awaiting overhaul and adjustment of its carburettor at the time of George Milligen’s death, so some recommissioning would be recommended before it takes to the road again.
Formely the property of the late John Cuthill Sword,1922 Rolls-Royce 40/50 hp Silver Ghost Barrel-sided Tourer  Chassis no. 43JG Engine no. P123
Formely the property of the late John Cuthill Sword,1922 Rolls-Royce 40/50 hp Silver Ghost Barrel-sided Tourer  Chassis no. 43JG Engine no. P123
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