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Lot 610: Rolls Royce Silver Ghost Cabriolet

Grand Palais Sale, Bonhams (7 February 2013)

Chassis records show that '46PE' was fitted from new with Barker open touring coachwork. An Indian car originally supplied to one A H Mooser by Rolls Royce Bombay, the Ghost subsequently went to South Africa where it spent many years with a collector, who used the car sparingly and undertook a thorough restoration of the mechanicals. While in South Africa the wings were replaced with the early style seen on the car today. We are advised that the engine has been completely rebuilt and runs in near silence, starting readily off the ignition retard lever even when the car has been stood hot for some time. Power is said to be far above average, accelerating the car up hills in top gear with ease. Since returning to the UK, the Ghost has been fully serviced and set up by marque specialists, The Priory Vintage Car Co. '46PE' is freshly repainted to a high standard in mid-blue with hand applied Burgundy coach lines, while the chassis was completely stripped, blasted and painted in black at the same time. Various items including the gear lever, gear gate and pram irons have been re-nickelled, while the radiator has been removed, polished and re-cored so the engine runs cool with no overheating tendencies. The imposing Barker body (number '2999') gives the car real presence on the road and is described as tight and rattle free, with timbers in excellent condition. The wheels have been stove enamelled and a set of five new beaded-edge tyres fitted. (A wheel spanner is supplied with the car). The interior is upholstered in black leather in superb condition, so was retained in situ, while the rear features a rich, crushed Burgundy velvet hood lining making it a very pleasant place to sit. Burgundy carpets throughout complete the ensemble. The internal glass division is easily removable. A new black mohair item fabricated in two parts, the hood can be deployed in three different configurations: fully closed to the rear with open sided covered driver's compartment; fully open to the front with closed rear; and fully open front and rear in touring mode. The rear compartment has side screens that fit easily into place, and the car may be used without division in both open and closed configurations. The Z-profile windshield gives a very sporting look when folded down. This unusual Ghost is said to be a pleasure to drive: light on the steering and with easy gear changes and giving a commanding view of the passing countryside, while the semi-torpedo coachwork makes a refreshing change from the more common London-Edinburgh and Roi des Belges bodies. The car is offered with sundry bills, MoT to March 2013 and UK V5C registration document for the number 'BF 6009'.

Lot Details
Auction Grand Palais Sale
Bonhams, Paris, France
TypeCar
Lot Number610
Estimate€250000-€300000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1920
Condition rating0
Registration number
Mileage-
Chassis number46PE
Engine numberM184
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors