Rolls-Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost Limousine

The 1907 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost remains the cornerstone on which the most prestigious automobile company in the world was founded, but like many icons, it was created in a time of great trouble for the parent company.

Since Christmas 1904, sales of Rolls-Royce automobiles had been handled by the Honourable Charles Rolls and his general manager Claude Goodman, while engineer Henry Royce concentrated on vehicle production. The company had effectively been created at a 1904 lunch, brokered by Henry Edmunds, who had brought Henry Royce and Charles Rolls together. Royce built cars in Manchester; Rolls sold them in London. Together they began to offer a range of five well-built two-, four- and six-cylinder vehicles, marketed under both their names.

In March 1906, Royce’s manufacturing business and Rolls’ dealerships were combined into Rolls Royce Distributing, soon to become Rolls-Royce Limited. Royce was reportedly unhappy with the smoothness of the 30-hp six-cylinder engine and had gone back to his drawing board calculating, as so many did after him, that there was “no replacement for displacement” and so developed the 40/50-hp six-cylinder.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in October of 2011 at the Battersea Evolution, London.

7,036 cc, L-head six-cylinder engine, single updraft carburettor, four-speed manual gearbox, solid front axle with semi-elliptic springs, transverse platform spring at rear and live rear axle, rear wheel brakes and mechanical drum brake, acting on the transmission. Wheelbase: 3,650 mm.

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Khiem Pham

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