Rare and spectacular, 1913 Rolls-Royce going to Bonhams sale

The Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost is specially fitted for fast distance running | Bonhams photos
The Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost is specially fitted for fast distance running | Bonhams photos

A rare “colonial spec” 1913 Rolls-Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost London-to-Edinburgh Tourer will highlight Bonhams’ autumn sale in Philadelphia.

The grand luxury Silver Ghost was specially configured as a London-to-Edinburgh car, differing from other models with larger carburetors, higher compression and gearing, and a higher-positioned radiator. As a colonial-specification car, the Rolls is fitted with an enlarged radiator and fuel tank for traveling in remote areas.

The Rolls is in immaculate restored condition
The Rolls is in immaculate restored condition

By 1913, Rolls-Royce already had earned its boast of “The Best Car in the World” after many durability and performance demonstrations, and for their sporty driving characteristics. The London-to-Edinburgh specification is derived from an early distance run from England’s capital to Scotland’s capital, in which Rolls-Royce prevailed.

These Silver Ghosts today range at the top of desirability for Brass Era motorcars, although they are rarely seen offered for sale.

The second owner of this car, No. 2380, donated it to the Henry Ford Museum, where it was displayed for nearly 30 years.  The well-documented Rolls was sold back into private hands, then professionally restored. Among its awards is a highly prestigious National First Place Prize from the Antique Automobile Club of American.

The Collectors Cars & Automobilia auction takes place October 2 at the Simeone Foundation Museum in Philadelphia. For information, visit Bonhams’ website.

Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.


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