<b>1926 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50HP SILVER GHOST PICK-UP</b><br />Chassis no. S248PK<br />Engine no. 21214
Lot 403
1926 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50HP SILVER GHOST PICK-UP
Coachwork converted from Tilbury Sedan, originally by Willoughby & Co.
Sold for US$ 159,500 inc. premium

Lot Details
<b>1926 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50HP SILVER GHOST PICK-UP</b><br />Chassis no. S248PK<br />Engine no. 21214 <b>1926 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50HP SILVER GHOST PICK-UP</b><br />Chassis no. S248PK<br />Engine no. 21214 <b>1926 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50HP SILVER GHOST PICK-UP</b><br />Chassis no. S248PK<br />Engine no. 21214 <b>1926 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50HP SILVER GHOST PICK-UP</b><br />Chassis no. S248PK<br />Engine no. 21214 <b>1926 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50HP SILVER GHOST PICK-UP</b><br />Chassis no. S248PK<br />Engine no. 21214 <b>1926 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50HP SILVER GHOST PICK-UP</b><br />Chassis no. S248PK<br />Engine no. 21214 <b>1926 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50HP SILVER GHOST PICK-UP</b><br />Chassis no. S248PK<br />Engine no. 21214 <b>1926 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50HP SILVER GHOST PICK-UP</b><br />Chassis no. S248PK<br />Engine no. 21214 <b>1926 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50HP SILVER GHOST PICK-UP</b><br />Chassis no. S248PK<br />Engine no. 21214 <b>1926 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50HP SILVER GHOST PICK-UP</b><br />Chassis no. S248PK<br />Engine no. 21214 <b>1926 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50HP SILVER GHOST PICK-UP</b><br />Chassis no. S248PK<br />Engine no. 21214
1926 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50HP SILVER GHOST PICK-UP
Coachwork converted from Tilbury Sedan, originally by Willoughby & Co.

Chassis no. S248PK
Engine no. 21214

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

The counterpart to the British built 1912 Silver Ghost in the Bothwell Collection, this example perfectly displays the transition that the marque and model underwent between its inception in 1907 and the final deliveries nearly 20 years later, as well as the difference from the home market variant to the American built product. Where the 1912 received coachbuilt tailor-made bodywork the taste of its original owner, by the 1920s, Springfield had quickly learned that a more formulaic catalogued design was required to appeal the American market. A series of designs were illustrated in their luxurious brochures all designated by names invariably referencing famed horse racing ovals, or British towns. It proved a popular concept.

A California car from new, the Schoellkopf cards, lodged with the Rolls-Royce Owners Club, for S248PK record this late post-war Springfield Silver Ghost as having been purchased new by E.L. Butler Inc, for J.F. Dillon. It appears that the deal was not consummated and when returned Rolls-Royce were able to resell it to Mrs. Lillian McClurg of Miramar Apartments in Santa Monica. Mrs. McClurg was no doubt chauffeur driven in the Tilbury Sedan which she took delivery of on May 27, 1926.

This car was another early arrival in the Bothwell Collection and is known to have been there since the 1940s. At that time, it still wore its original Tilbury coachwork, but it wasn't long before Lindley, as many before him, elected to repurpose the reliable running gear with a more practical bodystyle. In doing so, the front of the sedan bodywork was kept and then closed off to provide a front cab compartment, the rear being leveled for a flat deck.

Contemporary images of the Silver Ghost show Lindley 'hamming it up' pictured all smiles from underneath this car, with Rolls, including the 1912 offered today in the background. It no doubt proved to be something that got regular use on the Ranch perhaps hauling orange crates around or towing other vehicles.

An absence of use in the last few years, has clearly seen it loose the shine from some of its cosmetics and there is evidence of some small creatures taking sanction in the cab compartment! The conversion of majestic 'Roller' to humble commercial vehicle can sometimes be something that looks odd, but this car was so well done and has been this way for the majority of its life that it would no doubt prove fun to keep it as it is, and to continue to provide service on another similar ranch or estate.

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