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Lot 14

2020   |   Passion of a Lifetime

1919 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Alpine Eagle Tourer

Coachwork by the Style of Million-Guiet

SOLD £1,023,000

Estimate

£1,000,000 - £1,400,000

Chassis

24LW

Engine

TW72

Car Highlights

A Stunning and Utterly Unique Example of “The Best Car in the World”
High-Performance Alpine Eagle Speed Model with Desirable Factory Options
Originally Delivered to Uruguayan Politician, Diplomat, and Businessman
Diego Pons
Magnificent Restoration Performed by Marque Specialist P & A Wood
and Steve Penny
Exquisitely Detailed Throughout and Presented with Period-Correct Accessorie

Technical Specs

7,428 CC L-Head Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Single Updraft Rolls-Royce Carburetor
50 HP at 1,500 RPM
4-Speed Manual Gearbox
Rear-Wheel Mechanical Drum Brakes
Front Solid Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs and Shock Absorbers
Rear Live Axle with Cantilever Leaf Springs and Shock Absorbers

Saleroom Addendum

♢ Please note that this lot is Swiss registered and has Swiss registration. This lot has entered the UK on a temporary import bond, which must be cancelled either by exporting the lot outside the UK.

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In series production from 1907 through 1926, the 40/50 HP was, in keeping with Henry Royce’s perfectionist ethos, continuously refined throughout its extraordinary two-decade run. To honor their near-perfect performance in the 1913 Alpine Trial, Rolls-Royce offered duplicates of their team cars called Alpine Eagles. An improved version of the already outstanding London-to-Edinburgh model, the Alpine Eagle benefited from all the design changes brought into production along with a new four-speed gearbox and aluminum pistons, as used on the victorious trials cars.

This particular Silver Ghost, chassis 24LW, is a prime example of the highly sought-after Alpine Eagle. As noted in the factory’s build records, this chassis was ordered for the Paris branch of Rolls-Royce and was specially equipped with an optional short-throw lever gearbox, D-type steering rake, nickel fittings, and French chassis plate. Originally bodied by Million-Guiet, the Alpine Eagle was delivered to Diego Pons, a prominent Uruguayan politician, winemaker, and ambassador to the Holy See in the Vatican. In the current ownership, the Silver Ghost has been treated to a complete show-quality restoration carried out by marque expert P & A Wood and master craftsman Steve Penny. Combining fascinating international provenance with a stellar restoration, this magnificent Alpine Eagle is among the most exciting examples of the model that established Rolls-Royce’s reputation as “The Best Car in the World.”

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