The ex-Richard Solove,1910 ROLLS-ROYCE  40/50 SILVER GHOST 'BALLOON CAR'  Chassis no. 1513 Engine no. 14F / 1513

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The ex-Richard Solove
1910 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50 SILVER GHOST 'BALLOON CAR'

Sold for DKK 4,312,500 (US$ 687,812) inc. premium
The ex-Richard Solove
1910 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50 SILVER GHOST 'BALLOON CAR'
Coachwork by Wilkinson & Sons in the style of H.J. Mulliner

Chassis no. 1513
Engine no. 14F / 1513

7,428 cc L-Head Inline 6-cylinder Engine
50 bhp at 1,500 rpm
3-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Leaf Spring Suspension
Rear Drum Brakes


*Faithful recreation of the lost Charles Rolls Balloon Car
*Beautifully presented inside and out
*Previously part of the respected Richard Solove Collection
*Ex-Millard Newman, and the Prestley Blake Collection
*Fitted with Barker Landaulette body when new



THE ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER GHOST

Although the 40/50 H.P. 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". Prior to 1908, when it relocated to a new factory in Derby, the company founded by engineer Henry Royce and entrepreneur the Honourable Charles Stewart Rolls after they first met in 1904, had manufactured a variety of models at its Manchester premises. Cars with two, three, four and six cylinders were made, and even an abortive V-8, before Managing Director Claude Johnson's decision to concentrate on the range-topping 40/50 H.P. The latter had first appeared at the 1906 Motor Show and became known as the "Silver Ghost" the following year, when chassis number 60551 was exhibited wearing silver-painted tourer coachwork by Barker.

Charles Stewart Rolls spent much of his time marketing the cars to other well-heeled clients, especially by entering Tourist Trophy races in the UK and on the Continent. Both Henry Royce and Claude Johnson took a dim view of these daredevil exploits. Rolls then turned to lighter than air flying, which Royce and Johnson must have deemed less dangerous for some reason. As early as 1906, Rolls participated in a balloon race in Massachusetts and he quickly grew passionate about his new sport, also becoming an early airplane pilot in the process. He eventually made more than 130 balloon flights, before crashing to his death in Bournemouth in a flying exhibition event in July 1910 piloting a Wright Brothers aeroplane.


THE MOTOR CAR OFFERED

Never one to do things by halves, in 1908 Charles Stewart Rolls had the prestigious coachbuilder H.J. Mulliner create a very special body that was originally termed a Victoria de Luxe on 40/50 H.P. Silver Ghost chassis no. 60785. The body was conceived as a Roadster with a cape top and a long platform behind the seats, where Rolls' balloon basket could be loaded at the conclusion of a flight. The soft and flexible rear fenders were made of patent leather, so that there would be no damage when the balloon basket was loaded and unloaded. In short order; this bespoke concoction became known as the famous Balloon Car.

Chassis 1513, which is the car on offer, was first fitted with Landaulette coachwork by Barker and was first sold via J.B. Ferguson to Mrs. William T. Carter of 2116 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. By 1960, the car had passed to an M. George in Massachusetts, and in 1969, 1513 was with the late Rolls-Royce connoisseur Millard Newman in Florida. Charles Rolls' original Balloon Car passed through a number of hands and was lost around 1923. Since then, a number of replicas of varying quality have been built over the years. Around 1970, Millard Newman supervised the construction of two extremely accurate Balloon Car replicas, one of them on chassis 1513. The first car went to the famous Harrah Collection in Reno, Nevada, while Newman kept the second car, which is the car offered today.

The two faithful replicas commissioned by Millard Newman of the Mulliner Balloon Car Roadster bodies are believed to have been constructed by Wilkinson & Sons of Derby, England. Wilkinson & Sons had been established in 1904 to manufacture and repair horse-drawn vehicles, and by the 1920s, the company had graduated to coachbuilding for the motor trade. Wilkinson & Sons continues to construct and restore bodies using old fashioned techniques and craftsmanship.

In 1973, Newman sold 1513 to S. Prestley Blake, co-founder of Friendly Ice Cream and an early major collector of prestigious antique and classic cars. Blake kept 1513 until August 1991, when he sold it to fellow Rolls-Royce enthusiast Richard J. Solove, who maintained the car with fastidious care. It has earned AACA National First honours and took first place in the Early Ghost class at the Rolls-Royce Owners Club annual meet in Monterey, California in 1991.

The most notable feature of the coachwork is the long platform to the rear where Rolls would have mounted his balloon basket. In addition, there is a dickey for occasional passengers, a raked brass-framed windscreen and cane-work on the body side by the front seat. Since 2011, the car has been repainted in elegant dark blue, while its beige leather adds a note of luxury. Coupled with the sheer size of the car and the many brass accoutrements, the total effect is dramatic to say the least.

Fittings include a brass bulb horn, Elliott double speedometer-odometer, fuel and oil pressure gauges and copious lighting and Rudge-Whitworth wheels. It should be noted that 1513 has been fitted with a generator and an electrical outlet. The radiator cap wears an Automobile Association badge – Charles Stewart Rolls was an early and prominent member. 1513 is an outstanding Edwardian Rolls-Royce which captures the excitement Rolls must have felt when returning from one of his balloon races.


BILEN DER TILBYDES

Chassis 1513 er udstyret med en nøjagtig replika af det berømte Silver Ghost Balloon Car karosseri. Charles Stewart Rolls deltog i konkurrencer for varmluftsballon, og i 1908 fik han H.J. Mulliner til at lave et specialbygget karosseri med en kort kaleche og en lang platform bag sæderne beregnet til at Rolls kunne transportere ballonkurven til hans varmluftsballon. De bløde og fleksible bagskærme var lavet af laklæder for at undgå skader under af- og pålæsning af luftballonen. Mulliner kaldte karosseriet for Cape Victoria, men det blev hurtigt kendt som Balloon Car. Den oprindelige Balloon Car gik tabt omkring 1923.

Chassis 1513 som sælges i dag, var oprindeligt udstyret med et landaulette karosseri af Barker. Omkring 1970 blev Balloon Car karosseriet replikeret i to eksemplarer, hvoraf det ene blev monteret på 1513. Det menes at Wilkinson & Sons i Derby, England fik opgaven, fordi firmaet var kendt for at anvende traditionelle teknikker og håndværk. Resultatet er smukt, og bilen har vundet en række priser i USA.

Med det overdådige tilbehør i messing samt rørflet på karrosseriet fremtræder denne store bil mildest talt dramatisk. Chassis 1513 er et fremragende eksempel på en Rolls-Royce fra før Første Verdenskrig, hvor den fremtidige ejer kan genopleve den begejstring, som Charles Stewart Rolls må have følt når han transporterede ballonkurven tilbage efter konkurrencerne.

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The ex-Richard Solove,1910 ROLLS-ROYCE  40/50 SILVER GHOST 'BALLOON CAR'  Chassis no. 1513 Engine no. 14F / 1513
The ex-Richard Solove,1910 ROLLS-ROYCE  40/50 SILVER GHOST 'BALLOON CAR'  Chassis no. 1513 Engine no. 14F / 1513
The ex-Richard Solove,1910 ROLLS-ROYCE  40/50 SILVER GHOST 'BALLOON CAR'  Chassis no. 1513 Engine no. 14F / 1513
The ex-Richard Solove,1910 ROLLS-ROYCE  40/50 SILVER GHOST 'BALLOON CAR'  Chassis no. 1513 Engine no. 14F / 1513
The ex-Richard Solove,1910 ROLLS-ROYCE  40/50 SILVER GHOST 'BALLOON CAR'  Chassis no. 1513 Engine no. 14F / 1513
The ex-Richard Solove,1910 ROLLS-ROYCE  40/50 SILVER GHOST 'BALLOON CAR'  Chassis no. 1513 Engine no. 14F / 1513
The ex-Richard Solove,1910 ROLLS-ROYCE  40/50 SILVER GHOST 'BALLOON CAR'  Chassis no. 1513 Engine no. 14F / 1513
The ex-Richard Solove,1910 ROLLS-ROYCE  40/50 SILVER GHOST 'BALLOON CAR'  Chassis no. 1513 Engine no. 14F / 1513
The ex-Richard Solove,1910 ROLLS-ROYCE  40/50 SILVER GHOST 'BALLOON CAR'  Chassis no. 1513 Engine no. 14F / 1513
The ex-Richard Solove,1910 ROLLS-ROYCE  40/50 SILVER GHOST 'BALLOON CAR'  Chassis no. 1513 Engine no. 14F / 1513
The ex-Richard Solove,1910 ROLLS-ROYCE  40/50 SILVER GHOST 'BALLOON CAR'  Chassis no. 1513 Engine no. 14F / 1513
The ex-Richard Solove,1910 ROLLS-ROYCE  40/50 SILVER GHOST 'BALLOON CAR'  Chassis no. 1513 Engine no. 14F / 1513
The ex-Richard Solove,1910 ROLLS-ROYCE  40/50 SILVER GHOST 'BALLOON CAR'  Chassis no. 1513 Engine no. 14F / 1513
The ex-Richard Solove,1910 ROLLS-ROYCE  40/50 SILVER GHOST 'BALLOON CAR'  Chassis no. 1513 Engine no. 14F / 1513
The ex-Richard Solove,1910 ROLLS-ROYCE  40/50 SILVER GHOST 'BALLOON CAR'  Chassis no. 1513 Engine no. 14F / 1513
The ex-Richard Solove,1910 ROLLS-ROYCE  40/50 SILVER GHOST 'BALLOON CAR'  Chassis no. 1513 Engine no. 14F / 1513
The ex-Richard Solove,1910 ROLLS-ROYCE  40/50 SILVER GHOST 'BALLOON CAR'  Chassis no. 1513 Engine no. 14F / 1513
The ex-Richard Solove,1910 ROLLS-ROYCE  40/50 SILVER GHOST 'BALLOON CAR'  Chassis no. 1513 Engine no. 14F / 1513
The ex-Richard Solove,1910 ROLLS-ROYCE  40/50 SILVER GHOST 'BALLOON CAR'  Chassis no. 1513 Engine no. 14F / 1513
The ex-Richard Solove,1910 ROLLS-ROYCE  40/50 SILVER GHOST 'BALLOON CAR'  Chassis no. 1513 Engine no. 14F / 1513
The ex-Richard Solove,1910 ROLLS-ROYCE  40/50 SILVER GHOST 'BALLOON CAR'  Chassis no. 1513 Engine no. 14F / 1513
The ex-Richard Solove,1910 ROLLS-ROYCE  40/50 SILVER GHOST 'BALLOON CAR'  Chassis no. 1513 Engine no. 14F / 1513
The ex-Richard Solove,1910 ROLLS-ROYCE  40/50 SILVER GHOST 'BALLOON CAR'  Chassis no. 1513 Engine no. 14F / 1513
The ex-Richard Solove,1910 ROLLS-ROYCE  40/50 SILVER GHOST 'BALLOON CAR'  Chassis no. 1513 Engine no. 14F / 1513
The ex-Richard Solove,1910 ROLLS-ROYCE  40/50 SILVER GHOST 'BALLOON CAR'  Chassis no. 1513 Engine no. 14F / 1513
The ex-Richard Solove,1910 ROLLS-ROYCE  40/50 SILVER GHOST 'BALLOON CAR'  Chassis no. 1513 Engine no. 14F / 1513
The ex-Richard Solove,1910 ROLLS-ROYCE  40/50 SILVER GHOST 'BALLOON CAR'  Chassis no. 1513 Engine no. 14F / 1513
The ex-Richard Solove,1910 ROLLS-ROYCE  40/50 SILVER GHOST 'BALLOON CAR'  Chassis no. 1513 Engine no. 14F / 1513
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