Royce originally bought for $1,000 in 1912 (almost
93,000 in today's money) but has now gone at auction for $4,705,500,
making it the most expensive Rolls Royce ever sold at
Unique: This 100-year-old Silver Ghost
Rolls Royce has sold for a world-record price of 5 million after a furious
bidding war at Bonhams.
Through the roof: The lengthy auction
saw two enthusiasts dueling for the pristine car as the bidding went up in
increments of $100,000, smashing past the $2 million estimate.
In great nick: The six-cylinder,
7.3-litre car comes with perfect provenance and is still purring smoothly,
doing about 15 miles to the gallon. What it lacks in gadgetry, the
British-made classic more than compensates for with an extraordinary level
of luxury that leaves its modern-day counterparts looking a little
unsophisticated. Its gleaming interior fittings are made of silver and
ivory, while the door panels are embroidered silk, with brocade tassels
attached to silk window shades for privacy.
THE PASSENGER FOOTREST HIDES A FULL
PICNIC SET FOR FOUR, A CHINA TEA SERVICE, COMPLETE WITH AN ALCOHOL-FUELLED
BURNER AND KETTLE TO HEAT THE WATER, AND A SET OF SIX DECANTERS – THREE IN
STERLING SILVER AND THREE IN LEATHER-WRAPPED GLASS.
The sale took place at the Goodwood
Festival of Speed in West Sussex on Friday. Auctioneers had expected it to
sell for around $2 million and were astonished when the bidding between two rival
collectors topped $4 million. James Knight, from Bonhams auctioneers,
said: ˜There were three bidders, then one of them dropped out at $2.3
million and we thought it would end there.
Traveling in style: The design chosen
by its original owner echoed the luxurious 'Pullman' Railway carriages
pioneered by American George Pullman.
Luxurious: The elegant passenger
compartment (left) complete with 29 beveled glass windows and (right) the
stylish steering wheel.
˜But then another bidder entered and
the bidders were dueling. It went up in increments of 50,000, and then
100,000, and then back down to 50,000. ˜It went on and on and on and was
the longest car sale I have ever witnessed. It was pure theatre. Everyone
was very respectful but when the price reached a milestone, like 3
million, there was an intake of breath. ˜The bidders were dueling and when
the hammer came down there was spontaneous applause. ˜It was fitting
because the car is celebrating her centenary.
The car was commissioned by Rolls Royce
connoisseur John M. Stephens, who also bought the first Silver Ghost the
luxury car-maker produced in 1906. The body was built by former royal
carriage-maker Barker's of Mayfair, which had previously built coaches for
King George III and Queen Victoria.
Standing the test of time: The
7.3-litre, 6-cylinder engine is still purring smoothly and is capable of
doing around 15 miles to the gallon.
Mark of history: A plaque bearing the
vehicle's chassis number of 1907.
Touch of class: The original owner
employed the services of the best coach-making company, Barker and Co..
Ltd, to do the bodywork.
Classic designs: One of the car's brake
lights. The Rolls Royce still had its headlights, carriage lights, rear
lights and inflatable tires when it went up for sale. The car even had an
early speedometer – an important addition given that a 20 mph speed limit
was introduced in 1912. Unlike most car enthusiasts of his time, Mr.
Stephens, from Croydon, South London, asked the makers not to include a
glass division window between the driver and the passengers as he wanted
to drive it himself rather than rely on a chauffeur.
The car's distinctive cream and green
design echoed the luxury Pullman Railway carriages of the time, and it was
known as a Double Pullman Limousine. But it was nicknamed the Corgi Silver
Ghost in the 1960s after the toy-maker based its Silver Ghost toy car on
Mr. Stephens' car is believed to be the
only one of its kind to survive with its full interior and bodywork, as
many Rolls Royce from the era were converted into ambulances during World
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