1922 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Open TourerSOLD
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The Rolls-Royce 40/50 was introduced at the 1907 Olympia Motor Show where it caused a sensation. Using twin iron blocks with an alloy crankcase, the 7 litre, six cylinder, side valve engine featured a seven bearing crankshaft, integral cylinder heads, roller cam followers, full pressure lubrication, twin plugs per cylinder and dual magneto and coil ignition. Breathing through Royce's own carburettor, it produced 50hp at a lowly 1,500rpm allied to tremendous torque and unrivalled smoothness, ahead of anything else at the time. Using a clutch and four speed gearbox unit with the engine, it was also capable of 55mph.

The 40/50's ladder frame chassis was immensely strong too, with semi-elliptic spring suspension all round, while a footbrake operated on the transmission and a handbrake on the rear-only drums. Orders flooded in, despite a price of ú895, and by 1908, the Silver Ghost - so renamed after the striking silver plating and paintwork of the 13th 40/50 produced - was Rolls-Royce's only model. For 1909, capacity increased to 7,428cc and two years later a torque tube drive was fitted while power rose to 58hp. The latter was instigated for the Scottish Reliability Trial which saw a Silver Ghost run from the south coast to Scotland entirely in top gear; soon after the Ghost was advertised as 'The Best Car in the World'. Cars subsequently prepared for the 1913 Austrian Trial, incidentally, could top 80mph.

Production was limited to the war effort during World War One, chassis being used for armoured cars, ambulances and staff cars, and Rolls-Royce diversifying into aero engines - now part of aviation history. By the time private Ghost sales resumed in 1919, power had increased to 70hp at 2,000rpm and a chain-driven starter motor and dynamo were standard. Four wheel brakes appeared in 1923, and an Autovac fuel feed system in 1924. Production ended in 1925 after 6,173 examples of what has become the epitome of the Rolls-Royce motor car had been built. Capable of extraordinary high mileages and reliability, even when abused, it was the Silver Ghost above all others that earned the title 'The Best Car in the World'.

Reference Number 5394

as of 12/12/2006

Car 1922 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Open Tourer
Exterior / Interior Color      Ivory /      Red 
Registration UK Registered 
Configuration Right Hand Drive (RHD) 
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Known History

39 PG has, for more than 30 years, resided in an exclusive Belgian collection of important mainly pre-war British and Continental motor cars. Purchased at a time when a discerning collector had the opportunity and choice, unlike today, where the chance to acquire such an important Rolls-Royce is rare indeed. This magnificent open touring car, originally supplied to Barkers, one of England's finest and most respected coachbuilders of the period, today sports magnificent open touring coachwork. In its current ownership, this superb touring Silver Ghost has altered little and apart from routine maintenance, has not been restored at all. However, it is described by the vendors as being in good mechanical running order with a lovely mellowed feel of gently weathered coachwork and upholstery but still in good order despite the many years this car has been in use. Finished, as many Rolls-Royce Silver Ghosts were in period, in ivory with red hide interior and Nickel bright work.