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Lot 114

2014   |   Pebble Beach Auctions 2014

1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Playboy Roadster

Coachwork by Brewster

SOLD $264,000

Estimate

$250,000 - $350,000| Without Reserve

Chassis

S400RK

Car Highlights

One of 28 Brewster Playboy Roadsters
One of 15 Playboys Retrofitted to a Springfield Silver Ghost Chassis
Recent Mechanical Work by Rolls-Royce Specialists Taylor’s of West Sussex, UK

Technical Specs

7,428 CC Side-Valve L-Head, Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Two Jet-Type Carburetor
85 BHP at 2,300 rpm
3-Speed Center-Change Manual Gearbox
2-Wheel Mechanical Brakes
Live Axle Suspension with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
Register to Bid

Mr. D. Armstrong, Greenwich, Connecticut (acquired new March 11, 1926)O.W. Mourer, Lansing, Michigan (acquired from the above in April 1952)C.R. Armstrong, Grand Rapids, Michigan (acquired from the above in July 1958)Robert D. Wilhelm, Flint, Michigan (acquired from the above in 1959)Robert M. Eastwood, Flint, Michigan (acquired from the above in 1961)S.L. Stensland, Farmington, Michigan (acquired from the above in 1963)Harrison Roberts, Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey (acquired from the above in April 1969)Private Collection, Belgium (retained for several decades)Current Owner

Greenwich Concours d’Elegance, July 2013

The “Springfield Silver Ghost” was frst built in Rolls-Royce’s new motor car production facility in Springfield, Massachusetts, in October 1919. Modifications like left-hand drive and three-speed gearboxes were incorporated into the British chassis to suit American drivers while retaining high standards of the cars built in England.

Chassis no. S400RK first wore a formal Rolls-Royce Custom Coachwork “Mayfair” body by Willoughby. As the culture changed in the late 1920s, many chassis were refitted with more sporting bodies to appeal to younger buyers. This was one of those popular examples.

This Rolls-Royce was enjoyed by a series of owners in Michigan before being sent to Belgium, where, it remained in a private collection for several decades. It then traveled to the Rolls-Royce specialists Taylor’s, of Chichester, West Sussex in England, where from 2007 through 2012, it received an extensive overhaul including a complete engine rebuild – at a cost exceeding £60,000.

Finished to a high standard in a jaunty blue and red color combination with side-mounted spare wheel and polished wheel discs; and with its recent mechanical restoration managed by Rolls-Royce experts, S400RK will be welcomed at the most highly regarded concours and driving events.