1912 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50 SILVER GHOST CABRIOLET  Chassis no. 2145 Engine no. 47D

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1912 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50 SILVER GHOST CABRIOLET

Sold for DKK 4,772,500 (US$ 761,179) inc. premium
1912 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50 SILVER GHOST CABRIOLET
Coachwork by Roger Fry in the style of Barker

Chassis no. 2145
Engine no. 47D

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 with original Barker body components
*Superb restoration presents beautifully
*Extensive engine refurbishment in 2012
*Best of Show win at Technoclassica in Essen, Germany
*Originally delivered as a Barker cabriolet



THE ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50

Launched at Olympia in 1906, Henry Royce's masterpiece, the new six-cylinder, 40/50 H.P. Rolls-Royce, was in a class of its own and Royce's engineering genius combined with the selling charms of the Hon. Charles Stewart Rolls and the business flair of Claude Johnson ensured that the world soon recognised the new model as "The Best Car in the World". The history of the 40/50 H.P. car, soon to be colloquially referred to as "The Silver Ghost", is well-chronicled, production continuing in the UK until 1925 and, remarkably, no fewer than 6,173 chassis were built in the UK with a further 1,703 erected at the Springfield Factory in the USA.
The heart of the Silver Ghost was its magnificent engine, a 7,036 cc (later 7,428 cc) side-valve 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. Over 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 MOTOR CAR OFFERED

"Every now and then a restoration comes along that stands out in terms of quality and detail, and the 1912 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Cabriolet, chassis 2145, did exactly that at this year's 47th Annual Federal Rally in Canberra." David Berthon writing in Praeclarum, the journal of the Rolls-Royce Club of Australia, August 2005.

Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, chassis number 2145, was nickel finished and completed with a Barker cabriolet body and tested on 4 October 1912. It was delivered new to one E. F. Miller in London, who subsequently moved to Melbourne, Australia, taking the car with him. In 1916, the car was reported by the Kellow Motor Co. to be in that city in Miller's ownership. In 1929, the Ghost passed into the ownership of George Russell of St. Georges Road in Toorak, Melbourne, a local businessman. The car was owned by an E. J. Simpson of Melbourne in the 1930s and was probably rebodied pre-war before being recovered in 1959 as a wreck by Laurie Vinall of Adelaide. At that time, the body had been removed and the chassis was complete but derelict, as the car has been used as a farm truck. 2145 remained in the Vinall family's possession as an un-restored chassis until it was acquired by a recent owner in 2000.

A four-year total restoration was then embarked upon, the faithful re-creation of the Barker cabriolet body being entrusted to master craftsman Roger Fry of Perth, Western Australia. To ensure authenticity, Roger visited the UK and Ireland to study two original Barker cabriolets, with particular attention being paid to the design of the folding hood mechanism. The front body tub is an original Barker component from chassis 1905E, donated by a fellow Ghost owner. Tasmanian Oak was used for the body framework, which is panelled in aluminium, while all the body mouldings are alloy castings. The body is finished in Brewster Green with black coachlines, while the interior is trimmed in black Connolly leather to the front compartment and mushroom West of England cloth to the rear.

A carriage maker established as far back as 1710, Barker & Co. of London was one of the finest of all British coachbuilders and a firm associated with Rolls-Royce from the latter's earliest days. Indeed, in 1905 Charles Rolls is said to have announced that "all Rolls-Royce cars will be fitted with Barker bodies" and the London firm was regarded as its "official" coachbuilder until Rolls-Royce acquired Park Ward in 1933. The Barker cabriolet as recreated on chassis 2145 is a particularly versatile design, enabling it to be fully raised to cover both driver and passengers, part retracted in sedanca de ville style or fully lowered and with the windscreen folded down if so desired. With the central division and side windows raised, the rear passengers enjoy the ultimate in comfort and protection.

After its completion, 2145 received the coveted concours award mentioned above, having gained this outright win against an impressive field of Rolls-Royce and Bentley cars of all ages. In his Praeclarum article, David Berthon commented: "...in the eyes of many the high standard set by this restoration will surely form a benchmark for many years to come."

In 2012, the engine was refurbished with new bearings, a new rear block and new oversize high-compression pistons, since when only some 4,000 miles have been covered, including the completion of the 2013 20-Ghost Club Centenary Alpine Trial. The electrics were rewired and there are new bearings throughout the transmission. Other noteworthy features include hardened valve seats, a starter motor, turn indicators, safety glass and quartz halogen headlamps. 2145 has a 17x52 high ratio rear axle which allows good speeds to be maintained with low engine revs. A complete original tool kit and full complement of weather equipment are included in the sale.

Presented in concours condition, this beautifully restored Silver Ghost possesses all the qualities of refinement, reliability and performance that established Rolls-Royce as the pre-eminent British motor manufacturer as long ago as the Edwardian era.


BILEN DER TILBYDES

Denne bil var oprindeligt forsynet med et cabriolet karosseri af Barker og blev testet den 24. oktober 1912. Den blev leveret ny til en kunde i London, som efterfølgende flyttede til Australien. Karosseriet blev udskiftet på et tidspunkt før Anden Verdenskrig, og bilen blev fundet som vrag i 1959. Chassiet var komplet men forsømt, da bilen havde været anvendt som lastvogn på en gård. I 2000 blev bilen solgt efter en omfattende restaurering.

Det oprindelige Barker cabriolet karosseri blev genskabt af mesterhåndværker Roger Fry fra Perth i Vestaustralien. Kalechens foldemekanisme fik særlig opmærksomhed, og den forreste del af karosseriet er en original Barker karosserikomponent fra chassis 1905E, som blev doneret af en anden Ghost-ejer. Denne Barker cabriolet type er et særligt alsidigt design, hvor kalechen kan dække både fører og passagerer som en Sedanca de Ville, eller anvendes helt åben med forruden foldet ned. Med adskillelsen og sideruderne rullet op, nyder passagerne ultimativ komfort og beskyttelse mod elementerne.

Motoren blev renoveret i 2012. Elektronikken blev ligeledes renoveret, og gearkassen fik nye lejer. Bilen har også modtaget en del andre opdateringer, blandt andet en ny startermotor, sikkerhedsglas og kvartshalogenforlygter. Et komplet originalt værktøjssæt medfølger.

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1912 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50 SILVER GHOST CABRIOLET  Chassis no. 2145 Engine no. 47D
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1912 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50 SILVER GHOST CABRIOLET  Chassis no. 2145 Engine no. 47D
1912 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50 SILVER GHOST CABRIOLET  Chassis no. 2145 Engine no. 47D
1912 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50 SILVER GHOST CABRIOLET  Chassis no. 2145 Engine no. 47D
1912 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50 SILVER GHOST CABRIOLET  Chassis no. 2145 Engine no. 47D
1912 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50 SILVER GHOST CABRIOLET  Chassis no. 2145 Engine no. 47D
1912 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50 SILVER GHOST CABRIOLET  Chassis no. 2145 Engine no. 47D
1912 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50 SILVER GHOST CABRIOLET  Chassis no. 2145 Engine no. 47D
1912 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50 SILVER GHOST CABRIOLET  Chassis no. 2145 Engine no. 47D
1912 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50 SILVER GHOST CABRIOLET  Chassis no. 2145 Engine no. 47D
1912 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50 SILVER GHOST CABRIOLET  Chassis no. 2145 Engine no. 47D
1912 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50 SILVER GHOST CABRIOLET  Chassis no. 2145 Engine no. 47D
1912 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50 SILVER GHOST CABRIOLET  Chassis no. 2145 Engine no. 47D
1912 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50 SILVER GHOST CABRIOLET  Chassis no. 2145 Engine no. 47D
1912 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50 SILVER GHOST CABRIOLET  Chassis no. 2145 Engine no. 47D
1912 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50 SILVER GHOST CABRIOLET  Chassis no. 2145 Engine no. 47D
1912 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50 SILVER GHOST CABRIOLET  Chassis no. 2145 Engine no. 47D
1912 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50 SILVER GHOST CABRIOLET  Chassis no. 2145 Engine no. 47D
1912 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50 SILVER GHOST CABRIOLET  Chassis no. 2145 Engine no. 47D
1912 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50 SILVER GHOST CABRIOLET  Chassis no. 2145 Engine no. 47D
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