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Lot 18

2016   |   Pebble Beach Auctions 2016

1923 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Pall Mall

Coachwork by Rolls-Royce Custom Coachwork

SOLD $330,000

Estimate

$325,000 - $375,000

Chassis

77JH

Engine

22-152

Car Highlights

Trials Car Retaining Original Special Features
One of Two Known Dual-Cowl, Dual-Windshield Examples
Impeccable Provenance
Multiple Special Awards from Rolls-Royce Owners’ Club and AACA
Recently Toured and Lovingly Maintained

Technical Specs

7,428 CC L-Head Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Single Twin-Jet-Type Carburetor
40/50 HP
4-Speed Manual Gearbox
2-Wheel Mechanical Drum Brakes
Solid Front Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
Live Rear Axle with Cantilever Elliptical Leaf Springs
Register to Bid

Penn Motors, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (acquired new as a Trials Car, June 1924)Robert M. Stein, Baltimore, Maryland (acquired from the above in 1926)Dr. M. Dow Scholl, Chillicothe, Ohio (acquired from the above in 1951)Jack Scheve, Fairfield, Ohio (acquired from the above in 1972)Thomas Lester, Deerfield Beach, Florida (acquired from the above in 1983)Matt and Barbara Browning, Ogden, Utah (acquired from the above)Richard C. Paine Jr., Seal Cove, Maine (acquired from the above in 1989)Current Owner (acquired from the estate of the above in 2008)

Rolls-Royce Owners’ Club National Meet, 1974 (Scher Trophy)Rolls-Royce Owners’ Club National Meet, 1976 (Scher Trophy)Rolls-Royce Owners’ Club National Meet, 1976 (Guerrero Trophy)Rolls-Royce Owners’ Club National Meet, 1980 (President’s Trophy)

The Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost is the most acclaimed model ever created by the company. It is silky-smooth and whisper-quiet, comfortable, and ruggedly built yet refined. The Ghost is the must-have model for the most important Rolls-Royce collections.

After WWI, Silver Ghost production was at capacity in England, so Claude Johnson, often referred to as the “hyphen” in Rolls-Royce, suggested that the company also build cars in America.

On October 18, 1919, Rolls-Royce of America Inc. was launched in Springfield, Massachusetts. By 1921, the first American Rolls-Royce, the Springfield Silver Ghost, was completed. Many Rolls-Royce experts are of the opinion that the American cars’ chassis and bodies were superior to the British ones.

This Springfield Silver Ghost was delivered to Penn Motors in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in June 1924, with an enclosed town car Pickwick body. The dealership used it for two years as a company demonstrator and “trials” car. Its first private owner was Robert M. Stein of Baltimore, who bought it from Penn Motors in September 1926. The enclosed formal body was replaced with a splendid sporting body by Rolls-Royce Custom Coachwork. The Pall Mall is one of the most-favored open Springfield body styles, identifiable by its exquisitely crafted beaded-edge doors and special cradles to support the top bows when the top is lowered and folded. No. 77JH has the distinction of being one of just two known dual-cowl, dual-windshield variations of the standard Pall Mall coachwork, making this car particularly attractive and rare.

Finished in mirror-like black lacquer paintwork, soft gray leather upholstery, and a pale beige cloth top, it features correct and desirable items including a Waltham speedometer odometer; tubular bumpers; and a split front windshield with wind wings. Perhaps the rarest and most charming special accessory is found on the right side running board: a drum-closed spotlight mounted on a pedestal.

The Silver Ghost has been held by several highly respected collectors, including Thomas J. Lester, Matt and Barbara Browning, and Richard C. Paine Jr., and has won many trophies in judged events with the Rolls-Royce Owners’ Club and the Antique Automobile Club of America. No. 77JH has also been enjoyed at several antique and Nickel Era touring events, where it has performed faultlessly. It is accompanied by an extensive set of tools, original keys, two extra speedometers, an extra ignition, a copy of the owner’s manual, and a copy of the Silver Ghost Association’s roadside manual. With an outstanding provenance, this rare Pall Mall will be welcome at the finest concours and meets.