Rolls-Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost Boat-Tail Speedster
The Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost remained in production in the American plant at Springfield, Massachusetts until early 1926, with deliveries continuing well into 1927. From 1925, the local pattern of left-hand drive and centre-change three-speed gearbox was adopted. Below is some information on the specific car in this gallery:
Originally built as a Pall Mall Tourer by Merrimac Body Company of Merrimac, Massachusetts, S337RL was delivered in November 1926 to John McCormick, a cinema producer in Burbank, California who was married to fashionable silent film star Colleen Moore at the time. McCormick worked for First National Pictures, a production company and theatre chain later taken over by Warner Brothers, producing nine films for them between 1925 and 1927.
Historian John Webb de Campi, the author of Rolls-Royce in America, wrote that S337RL was subsequently rebodied as a Piccadilly roadster. It was later modified, fitted with a sporting and very attractive boat-tail roadster body and a Phantom I overhead-valve engine, as well as front-wheel brakes. The windscreen is of a later, lower type, and the headlamps are those of a Phantom I. Such modifications were not unusual when the cars were nearly new and have continued over the years.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in May of 2010 at the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco.
40/50 hp, 7,668 cc overhead-valve six-cylinder engine, three-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: 3,658 mm (144").
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Tom Wood