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Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, 2002, #JH29
"Pall Mall" by RRCCW (Rolls-Royce Custom Coachwork)
With a trouble free 15,000 mile (ca. 24,000 km) non-stop run under
supervision of experts from the Royal Automobile Club established the
Silver Ghost in 1907 established Rolls-Royce as the car manufacturer whose
products as regards engineering and workmanship stood head and shoulders
above the rest of the world. Though the company’s designation was to
remain for all production chassis as 40/50hp type 6-cylinder contrary to
what the majority of authors and commentators have insisted for many years
– that only this particular car with its nameplate “The Silver Ghost” was
dubbed so – the name Silver Ghost had been adopted for all chassis
produced from that year onward. The company themselves described the model
as “Silver Ghost type” in their instruction manual of 1908.
Hence it is fair to state the name Silver Ghost was a model designation
when after the Great War a factory at Springield, Massachusetts, USA, was
purchased and equipped. The Silver Ghost with chassis number #79JH is from
the production on the other side of the Atlantic. There were Silver Ghost
motor cars from the JH-series made in England, too. Several sequences of
JH-numbers allocated to cars built in the UK are proof of the close
conjunction between productionin Derby, England and that in Spüringfield,
Massachusetts, USA. But then some particular specifications show that a
genuine standard of independence did exist.
An obvious difference was that the typical English Silver Ghost was
delivered as a rolling chassis which was then bodied by an independent
coachbuilder as per customer's choice. In North-America however a reaction
to different market conditions had been to offer complete motor cars that
customers could take from the showroom and employ in traffic immediately.
Rolls-Royce of America, Inc., had commissioned pre-designed types of
touring and formal coachwork. Rolls-Royce Custom Coachwork was built by
various well-known coachbuilders, one of which was Brewster, New York.
Their "Pall Mall" was an open touring car that was described in the price
list as a "4 and 5 passenger Phaeton" at a cost of approximately 12,000
US-Dollar (with no extras) – and that sum for one Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
at that time would have been sufficient to acquire three Cadillac 61
Over the years #79JH has been subject to certain alterations. Among these
are for example vertical shutters in place of horizontal, later style
bumpers and wheels (23” had been standard in 1923), windshield has been
cut down and steering wheel was replaced.
Note: There is a new book available on
the Silver Ghost!