Let’s take a go to again to 1923, the 12 months Charles Lindbergh flew his first solo flight, the primary dwelling sport is performed at Yankee Stadium with the Yankees successful 4-1 with the legendary Babe Ruth towards the Boston Purple Sox, and the primary challenge of Time journal is printed.

Should you have been a part of the privileged class throughout that point, you might need been fortunate sufficient to be transported round in an expensive and hand-crafted experience such because the Decide of the Day, 1923 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Mayfair City Automobile.

This Rolls, marketed by a Solon, Ohio, vendor on ClassicCars.com, was constructed by the coachbuilder Holbrook Firm of Hudson, New York, in 1923 (physique 768 and chassis 143JH) as a right-hand-drive mannequin, and it has had solely 4 house owners since. It’s traveled everywhere in the U.S., Canada, New Zealand and Australia, successful many awards.

“The title Silver Ghost initially christened chassis no. 60551, emphasizing its ghost-like quietness,” the vendor says. “Different vehicles got their very own particular person appellations, however the phrase Silver Ghost was picked up by an enamored press, turning it into the title of a complete automotive sequence as an alternative of only one particular automotive.”

Manufacturing of the Silver Ghost started in England in 1907 however halted throughout World Conflict I, though its chassis and engines have been discovered on quite a few armored vehicles made fam0us by Lawrence of Arabia’s exploits within the Center East.  

After the conflict ended, Rolls opened a brand new manufacturing unit in Springfield, Massachusetts, to complement its UK plant, and Silver Ghosts have been produced there from 1921 to 1926. Apparently, this automotive was one of many Silver Ghosts inbuilt Springfield.

“In all, a complete of seven,874 Silver Ghosts have been produced from 1907 to 1936, together with 1,701 constructed within the Springfield plant,” the vendor says. “Remarkably, it’s estimated that just about 1,500 of them survive right this moment.”

1923 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost side  view
  • 1923 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost front view
  • 1923 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost rear view

When the automotive was constructed, the physique acquired 20 coats of its inexperienced and black paint, all finished by hand, a course of Holbrook carried out on all its automobiles.

“With its enclosed rear compartment designed for the proprietor and partner, this all-weather City Automobile supplied a secluded area to match its riders’ place in enterprise and society,” the vendor says. “If wanted, two auxiliary bounce seats (have been) folded up towards the entrance wall of the personal compartment.”

This personal cabin boasts many luxurious customized options, together with overstuffed upholstered seats, nice silvered {hardware}, particular wooden trim and even a particular speaker system that allowed passengers to provide the motive force instructions with out having to decrease the partition window.

  • 1923 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost interior
  • 1923 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost interior
  • 1923 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost front window

The chauffer portion of the City Automobile incorporates a bench seat upholstered in black leather-based and a detachable roof.

This Silver Ghost is provided with a 7,428cc inline 6-cylinder that has been rebuilt by Classic & Auto Rebuilds and outfitted with an overdrive to decrease rpm at freeway speeds, the vendor says. The engine is linked to a 4-speed handbook transmission.

1923 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost engine

This 1923 survivor was initially owned by a member of the family of the Feigenspan clan, a well-known Newark, New Jersey, household of brewers.

An article written by André Blaize about this Silver Ghost, notes that the automotive was later handed onto couple Charles and Virginia Baldwin in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

“In September 1937, when she (Virginia Baldwin) took supply of a Packard Tremendous Eight, 143HJ was disposed of at Sol Koscove’s breakyard (wrecking yard) in Colorado Springs,” Blaize says. “It remained there till 1977 when Dr. Morris Franklin Jr. found it along with his colleague Dolf Wells. The automotive had been sitting on blocks for 40 years underneath a tarpaulin, and it was in pretty fine condition.”

The late Dr. Franklin of San Antonio, Texas, was the Silver Ghost head decide for the Rolls-Royce House owners Membership. He refurbished the Rolls and drove it extensively, the vendor says.

It’s now within the fingers of the promoting vendor and awaiting its subsequent proprietor to be chauffeured round.

“Described as some of the vital vehicles ever constructed, these motorcars nonetheless stay on the street right this moment and are used extensively by their house owners…a testomony to their resilient design and trendy attraction,” the vendor adverts.  

The asking worth for this 1923 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost is $159,000.

To view this car on ClassicCars.com, see Decide of the Day.  


Racheal Colbert

An skilled author and editor, Racheal brings her enthusiasm for collector vehicles to her position because the Content material Supervisor of the Collector Automobile Community. Former Content material Author and Advertising Supervisor within the tech and publishing business, Racheal brings a recent perspective to the Journal and the automotive world.