Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
Charles Stewart Rolls was an automobile pioneer by profession, but he was an aviator at heart. Educated at Trinity College, Cambridge, he read engineering and acquired one of the first cars in that city, certainly the first to be owned by an undergraduate. In 1896, he drove a 3½ hp Peugeot home to Monmouthshire for Christmas, quite an adventure at the time. By the time he left Cambridge, he was an accomplished motorist and began racing, driving a Panhard in the Paris-Ostend and Paris-Boulogne races. He won a gold medal in 1900’s Thousand-Mile Trial.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August of 2011 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.
40/50 hp, 7,428 cc inline L-head six-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission, solid front axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, live rear axle with three-quarter elliptic leaf springs, and two-wheel mechanical brakes. Wheelbase: 143"
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel