Thursday, June 29, 2006


This particular car was actually the thirteenth 40-50 horsepower chasis built by Rolls-Royce, serial #60551, and, up until that time, the model was simply cataloged by the horsepower rating. It had no name nor had the famous Spirit of Ecstacy hood ornament been created for the Rolls-Royce by sculpter Charles Sykes. That wouldn't come until 1910.
When Claude Johnson saw the beautiful Roi-de-Belges Open Touring body that had been built for 60551 in London by Barker, coachmakers to the royal family, he decided it should have a proper name and, after some deliberation, christened it the Silver Ghost, which became popularly accepted designation for all subsequent 40-50 horsepower models.
His definitions of the Silver Ghost's performance in 1907 are still appropriate nine decades later. After starting the engine with one or two turns of the hand crank, the 7-liter in-line six still comes to life with a near silent chuff, running so smoothly that there is barely a trace of movement in the body at an idle. Even under full throttle, the engine scacely makes a sound; there is just the rush of the wind blowing past as the Silver Ghost gathers speed.
The sheer elegance of this car has made it as timeless as it achievements. Back in July and August 1907, the Silver Ghost established a new record for reliability, covering 15,000 miles, driven day and night without a breakdown or unscheduled stop.
The Silver ghost throughout its time accumulated over 700,000 miles and is kept in pristine condition to this day. ROLLS ROYCE


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