2022 Shannons Summer Timed Online Auction
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158

1922 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost 40/50Hp Tourer

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Specifications

Engine 7428cc six-cylinder
Gearbox Four-speed Manual
Body Work Tourer
Colour Royal Blue/Black
Interior Black
Trim Leather
Wheels Wire spoke
Brakes Drum/drum

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Description

Although not the first Rolls-Royce model, the landmark 40/50 horsepower, better known as the Silver Ghost, introduced in 1906 was certainly the first to become a commercial success for the famous marque, earning the accolade of 'The Best Car in the World'. A combination of superb engineering, materials of the finest quality and unsurpassed production techniques ensured that every Silver Ghost was a machine of the highest calibre. Debuting at the 1906 Olympia Motor Show, the 40/50 Rolls-Royce employed a powerful six-cylinder engine made up of two-cylinder blocks with a common crankshaft, with a modern pressure lubrication system and twin ignition. Shaft-drive transmission was chosen over chain, with cable-operated brakes operating on the rear wheels and a pedal-operated transmission brake. The Silver Ghost underwent almost constant refinement, with numerous improvements carried out over the course of decades-long production life. The engine was enlarged to 7.4-litres by raising the stroke from 114.3mm to 120.7mm, while three-quarter elliptics were employed from 1908, followed by cantilever rear springs from 1913 onwards. Post Armistice cars benefited from self-starters and the adoption of an Autovac for fuel pressure. However only on the very last Ghosts were front-wheel brakes adopted. Coachwork from the finest British and Continental coachbuilders graced the Silver Ghosts, ranging from heavy formal bodies to lightweight tourers. Between 1906 and 1924, Rolls-Royce constructed 6173 Silver Ghosts with a further 1703 built in America, and a remarkably high percentage of these not only survive but remain on the road, testimony to the brilliance of Sir Henry Royce's original design. Thanks to its reliability, the Silver Ghost found a ready market in Australia, with local agents Kellow-Falkiners supplying many wealthy farmers with Colonial models specially adapted with greater ground clearance, stiffer springs, and a larger radiator to cope with local conditions.

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