1909 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Roi des BelgesSOLD

Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auctions

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To be sold at the Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auctions on August 20 and 21, 2011. For further details please visit www.goodingco.com or contact a vehicle specialist at 001.310.899.1960. Engine Specifications: 7,248 CC Inline 6-Cylinder L-Head Engine Single Updraft Carburetor 50 HP (RAC Rating) at 1,500 RPM 3-Speed Manual Gearbox 2-Wheel Mechanical Drum Brakes Front Suspension with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs Live-Axle Rear Suspension with Cantilever Elliptical Leaf Springs About this Car: This spectacular parallel-bonnet 1909 Rolls- Royce 40/50 hp Silver Ghost has been owned and enjoyed by some of the most experienced, discerning and informed collectors in the UK and the US. The first owner, Thornton & Schieber, Ltd., specified seven-passenger Landaulette coachwork by Hooper. The car was later owned by A. Hutton and, around 1935, by Noel Armitage. Factory parts records confirm the Rolls-Royce was in active service into the 1930s. A notation in John Fasal?s book, The Edwardian Rolls-Royce, erroneously reported that in 1919 the engine from 1203 was installed in a boat, but both Mr. Fasal and restorer Jonathan Harley have subsequently confirmed in writing that the engine in 1203 is its original engine. In 1946, 1203 was discovered by D. Abbott- Anderson at the Cow Roast scrap yard near Tring in Hertfordshire, England. Cow Roast was renowned as the source of a number of automobile discoveries after WWII. The Rolls- Royce was later acquired by early collector and Silver Ghost enthusiast S.J. ?Jimmy? Skinner, before coming to North America with J.M. Levin. 1203?s next owner was Rick Carroll and, after him, William Lassiter. The car returned to the UK after the dispersal of Mr. Lassiter?s collection in1999. Mr. Fasal attributes the 1972 construction of 1203?s Barker-style Roi des Belges coachwork to Willis and the body has been lavishly equipped with numerous Edwardian motoring accessories. With instructions from a previous owner to make the Rolls-Royce completely reliable for long-distance touring, 1203 was sympathetically and thoroughly restored by Rolls-Royce specialist Jonathan Harley. The quality of the work was demonstrated when 1203 successfully completed a 2,000-mile tour of Ireland without incident. The Ghost performed consistently well for the owner and his family who enjoyed the car for four years and drove it some 8,000 miles. 1203 was acquired by Richard J. Solove in 2003 and in his care was meticulously maintained as part of his significant Rolls-Royce collection. Mr. Solove had an example of every Rolls-Royce from 1907 to 1915, and chassis 1203 was the exceptional 1909 component. Today, 1203 would make a wonderful entry for the exclusive Rolls-Royce Centenary Alpine tour that is being organized for June 2013, marking the 100-year anniversary of Rolls-Royce?s successful run in the 1913 Alpenfahrt. This superb Rolls-Royce is equipped with every- thing an Edwardian motorist would expect. No detail or feature has been overlooked, from full instrumen- tation to the RAC member?s radiator mascot, which is significant as Charles Sykes had not yet created the ?Spirit of Ecstasy? when 1203 was built. A pair of Bleriot ?bullseye? acetylene headlights flank the iconic Rolls-Royce radiator shell, accompanied on the off side by a magnificent boa constrictor horn. A pair of Lucas no. 644 kerosene side lamps and a pair of Lucas taillamps also adorn the coachwork. A pair of Rotax rear-view mirrors greatly enhances the visibility while a dual- angle windshield provides weather protection and a folding Auster windscreen is provided for the comfort of the rear-seat passengers. The coachwork is painted silver and complemented by German silver brightwork throughout, recalling the livery of the original Silver Ghost, and beautifully contrasts the lovely dark-green leather upholstery. The driver?s instru- ments include an Elliott speedometer, fuel-pres- sure and oil-pressure gauges, a Smiths eight-day clock and a Chadburns ?Motor Aneroid? barome- ter. In addition, an electric starter has been dis- cretely fitted for the convenience of the driver. In 2004, this superb Rolls-Royce was awarded the prestigious Charles A. Chayne Trophy for its advanced engineering at the Pebble Beach Concours d?Elegance and, the following year, it received the Millard Newman Award for the Rolls-Royce Best Representing the Spirit of Millard Newman at the Amelia Island Concours d?Elegance. Additionally proven in thousands of touring miles, sympathetically restored by a mar- que expert, and impressively and completely equipped for both show and touring, this is one of the most charismatic of all Silver Ghosts. It is one of only a few pre-1910 parallel-bonnet Rolls-Royce Silver Ghosts known to survive in any condition and surely among the best of that fabled group. On a recent test drive, the Roi des Belges performed beautifully. The smoothness of the well-tuned Silver Ghost engine is beyond compare, as is the driver?s view from high above the polished aluminum bonnet. 1203?s acceleration, braking, shifting and high ratio steering all contribute to the excellent road manners of this 102-year-old Edwardian masterpiece. The Silver Ghost demonstrated the reliability and performance of Henry Royce?s 40/50 hp six-cylinder automobiles, qualities that 1203 continues to confirm to its owners, drivers, passengers and admirers ? more than a hundred years after it was built. It should make a highly satisfying addition to any collection, an automobile that will draw approving smiles from all who experience its presence and enjoy the near-silence of its passage.

Reference Number 132692

as of 12/24/2011

Car 1909 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Roi des Belges
VIN 1203 
Exterior / Interior Color      Silver /      Black 
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Formerly the Property of Richard J. Solove and Rick Carroll