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One for the car enthusiasts!


It was originally bought for $1,000 in 1912 (almost $93,000 in today's money)
but has now gone under the hammer for $4,705,500, making it the
most expensive Rolls- Royce ever sold at auction.
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-daycounterparts looking a little unsophisticated.Its gleaming interior fittings are made of silver and ivory, while thedoor panels are embroidered silk, with brocade tassels attached to silk window shades for privacy.
The sale took place at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex onFriday. Auctioneers had expected it to sell for around 2million and were astonished when the bidding between two rival collectors topped 4million. James
Knight, from Bonhams auctioneers, said: ˜
There were three bidders, then one of them dropped out at 2.3million 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.


The elegant passenger compartment (top) complete with 29 beveled
glass windows and (bottom) 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 backdown 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 3million, there was an intake of
The bidders were dueling and when the hammer came down there was
spontaneous applause. ËœIt 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, six-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 thata 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 driveit himself rather than rely on a chauffeur.
The car's distinctive cream and green design echoed the luxury ËœPullman
Railway carriages of the time, and it was known as a Double Pullman Limousine.But it was nicknamed Ëœthe Corgi Silver Ghost in the 1960s after thetoy-maker based its Silver Ghost toy car on this model.
Mr. Stephens's car is believed to be the only one of its kind to survive
with its full interior and bodywork, as many Rolls Royces from the era were
converted into ambulances during the First World War.&
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Considering the tooling or rather the lack of it, the skills involved in building such a wonderful car says a lot for UK car building.....then ! :clap

I have seen the excellent collection of RR's here https://www.beaulieu.co.uk entry is not cheap, but certainly worth a visit, with a few surprises at the house as well!



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