Rolls-Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost Pall Mall Tourer

This particular Rolls-Royce was built by Holbrook Torpedo Tourer.

Rolls-Royce maintained an American factory at Springfield, Massachusetts from 1919 to 1931, where the Silver Ghost remained in production until 1926. In order to compete with other prestige manufacturers, Rolls-Royce set up a range of bodies to be sold under the name “Rolls-Royce Custom Coachwork.” Many of these were built by Brewster, but some were commissioned by Merrimack, Willoughby, Holbrook and Biddle & Smart. Catalogued styles included the Piccadilly roadster, Mayfair and Riviera town cars, and the Pall Mall tourer.

Rolls-Royce historian John Webb de Campi details that 79JH was bodied in the Pall Mall style by Holbrook of Hudson, New York. The first owner is listed as R.M. Butt of New London, Connecticut on 26th December 1923. In fact, the car was used only by his wife, Minnie Havemeyer Butt, because Robert McCoskry Butt, a Brigadier General in the New York National Guard, had died in 1921. Their New London home, “Rockacres” in the fashionable Pequot Colony, was a summer residence.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in May of 2010 at the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco.

40/50 hp, 7,428 cc side-valve six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual gearbox, solid front axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, live rear axle with cantilever leaf spring platform suspension, four-wheel mechanical brakes. Wheelbase: 3,645 mm (143.5")

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Tom Wood

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