1913 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost London to Edinburgh Torpedo Tourer

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1913 Rolls Royce 40-50 H.P. Silver Ghost London-to-Edinburgh Colonial Torpedo Tourer

Year: 1913
Chassis No: 2583
Engine No: 95C (Original)
Coachwork: Torpedo Tourer by Peel's Ltd. Brisbane (Ex 1913 Sunbeam)
Excellent history
Recent full rebuild to the highest standards

The Rolls Royce Silver Ghost (or to use the factory designation the 40-50 H.P.) has always been recognised as one of the most outstanding achievements in automobile design. Without doubt it lived up to the claim, made at the time, of being "the best car in the world".The partnership formed by The Hon. Charles Stewart Rolls, British gentleman adventurer, aviator, racing driver and astute businessman and Frederick Henry Royce, engineer and innovator, produced a masterpiece. A car capable of sustained high speeds, delivered in comfort with outstanding reliability. The the most desirable cars, the early sporting examples, were made in the Edwardian era before the start of the First World War (1914-1918). The "London to Edinburgh" model, of which this car is an example, are the lightest, most sporting, and the most sought after. The L-E model had a more powerful high compression engine (producing 75 BHP as opposed to 60), lighter alloy pistons, a bigger carburettor, a larger fuel tank and other notable features. They were named after the legendary chassis no.1701 which in 1911 under RAC supervision completed the famous London to Edinburgh trial in top gear, beating all competition at the time. Only 188 L-E models were built. In addition this car was manufactured to the rare "Continental" or "Colonial" specification, with the very desirable 4 speed transmission. This upgrade was the result of the experience gained in competing in the Alpine Trials where the three speed box was unable to provide the hill climbing ratios required. It is thought only six cars now survive with these features.

This Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost chassis came off test in August 1913 at the Derby factory and was subsequently fitted with a Connaught Torpedo Tourer, delivered on the 30th December 1913 to a Mr. F Lachmann of Mayfair, London.
However, with the outbreak of war pending the car was given to the Military for home and active service where at one stage it was in Berlin. At the end of the war it was auctioned, by the Ministry of Munitions at Earls Court on the 12th.November 1919. First purchased by a Doctor in Chester, it had by 1925, been sold to a Doctor in Sydney and fitted with a new tourer body by Propert’s Motor Body Works. It subsequently passed through another two owners before being purchased by The Towing Services in Redfern for use as a tow truck. By 1936 it had been purchased by Wood Coffill Ltd. Funeral Directors and fitted with a 1928 Cadillac saloon body for use as a Mourning Car.
Sold in 1946 it passed through several owners before being abandoned in a back yard in Sydney. Visible from the road it was purchased by an enthusiast in 1966 and subsequently sold in chassis form a year later to Faris Palfreyman in Canberra. At one stage Palfreyman owned 26 Silver Ghosts.
Palfreyman fitted the current sporting body from a 1913 six-cylinder 6-litre sporting Sunbeam built by Peel’s Ltd, the Sunbeam agents, in South Brisbane. Ironically, the Sunbeam was delivered in August 1913, the same month the Silver Ghost was off test at the Derby factory.
On Palfreyman’s passing it was left to his grandson who then sold it on in 1994 to a Doctor in Victoria who had also collected 2442, another London to Edinburgh Silver Ghost but with three speeds.
In 2001 the current owner managed to purchase 2583 and decided to undertake an extensive body off restoration. The engine was given to Melbourne Silver Ghost specialist Robert McDermott and fully restored with new aluminium pistons.
The body was entrusted to Jeff Edwards at Artisan Coachworks where it received extensive renovation, receiving new timber, a new windscreen, hood bows and timber cappings where necessary while Jamie Downie at Kustom Garage spent considerable hours on panel restoration and refurbishment.
Finally, the chassis restoration and detail work were entrusted to specialist Simon Elliott at the Derby Works where extensive hours were put in to ensuring its authenticity. The owner undertook two overseas trips to check details, first to the Keller Collection in the Napa Valley to check the very original L-E Continental 2534. He was then also able to track down the L- E Continental chassis 2354 in Kanpur India, the actual winner of the Spanish Grand Prix in 1913 and spent several days photographing and noting its original detail.
The extensive restoration over 15 years culminated in it winning Best of Show at MotorClassica in Melbourne in 2017, Australia’s leading classic car show.

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Registered in England and Wales
Registration No: 9361224.

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