1926 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Playboy Deluxe RoadsterSOLD

Gooding & Company Classic Car Auctions

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To be sold at the Gooding & Company Scottsdale Auctions on January 18 and 19, 2013. For further details please visit www.goodingco.com or contact a vehicle specialist at 001.310.899.1960 or specialist@goodingco.com. Engine Specifications: 7,428 CC Inline L-Head 6-Cylinder Engine Royce 2-Jet-Type Carburetor 48.6 HP at 1,200 RPM 3-Speed Manual Transmission Mechanical Rear Brakes Live-Axle Front Suspension with Semi-Elliptical Springs Live-Axle Rear Suspension with Cantilever Leaf Springs About this Car: This roadster was one of the last Ghosts to leave the Springfield factory. Chassis records in the history file that accompany the sale of the Playboy record it as leaving the works carrying an “Oxford” body and being supplied to a Mr. Rutter before later returning to the factory for re-bodying. This was a fairly common practice of the manufacturer at the time at which time Rolls-Royce America offered to update clients’ chassis in a more fashionable, sporting style or indeed changed old-style coachwork on second-hand stock to be sold through individual showrooms. These bodies were built by Brewster, the internationally known and respected company dating back to 1810. By 1914 Brewster & Co. were agents for Rolls-Royce and, by 1925, had been purchased by Rolls-Royce to act as “in house” stylists and coachbuilders. Always desirable, the Playboy is acknowledged as one of the most exciting of American body styles. Records show that only 15 Silver Ghost Playboys were built and this Rolls-Royce was updated in 1932 and then sold to Elena deValladares of Larchmont, New York. The next entry, from the records of the Rolls-Royce Owner’s Club, is for 1953 and shows the car belonging to Martin L. Ux of Pottstown, Pennsylvania, and after that John Tyson in Royersford, Pennsylvania in 1956. The final entry on the Club’s notes records the purchase by its last owner, Michael Whitaker of Frankfort, Ohio, in 1981. An old title does show another owner prior to Mr. Whitaker listed as Kingdon K. Miller in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Mr. Whitaker sent the car to well-known and respected Rolls-Royce restorer Rick Hamlin in Kansas many years ago, who then began a restoration. The engine was stripped and much work was done. Mr. Whitaker was unable to complete the restoration during his lifetime, so the car remained for many years in Hamlin’s workshop before being sold by Mr. Whitaker’s family. The current owner proudly reports that he oversaw a thorough restoration of the Playboy to concours standards, which saw a meticulous rebuild of the engine and the complete stripping of bodywork to bare metal. In addition, the restoration included refinishing in deep Oxford blue cellulose, nickel plating of all brightwork and retrimming in the best Bridge of Weir “Oxblood” leather. The mechanical work and supervision was carried out by Paul Jaye Engineering, a very-well-known vintage car engineer and longtime historic racer based in the UK. Virtually all of the detailed invoices are included in the history file accompanying the sale of this magnificent motorcar.

Reference Number 206514

as of 2/15/2013

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Car 1926 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Playboy Deluxe Roadster
VIN S208ML 
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