Bonhams announced a 1913 Rolls-Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost London-to-Edinburgh Tourer for the Simeone Foundation Museum 2017 Sale.
A 1913 Rolls-Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost London-to-Edinburgh Tourer is an early highlight announced for the Bonhams annual Collectors Motorcars & Automobilia auction at the Simeone Foundation Museum in Philadelphia. This Rolls Royce featured “colonial specification” to make car more resilient to remote areas. The Rolls Royce was displayed for nearly three decades in the Henry Ford Museum
Bonhams Simeone Foundation Museum Sale 2017
Bonhams annual The Collectors Motorcars & Automobilia auction will take place October 2, 2017, at the famous Simeone Foundation Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
In addition to a wide variety of automobilia, the auction usually features strongly early cars with several pre-Frist World War I cars already scheduled for the 2017 sale.
1913 Rolls-Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost London-to-Edinburgh Tourer
A very special and historic motorcar has been confirmed for Bonhams’ annual autumn sale in Philadelphia: a 1913 Rolls-Royce 40/50 Silver Ghost London-to-Edinburgh Tourer. (No estimate has been released yet.)
Delivered new to Massachusetts in 1913, the Rolls-Royce – chassis number 2380 – is an original London-to-Edinburgh specification car, which means that it boasts features not found in other Silver Ghost models, such as larger carburetors, higher compression and gearing, and a higher-positioned radiator. Additionally, it is one of the few London-to-Edinburgh cars that was ordered to colonial specification, which featured a larger radiator and fuel tank to optimize its performance in more remote areas.
While very much a luxury automobile, the London-to-Edinburgh model earned its moniker after a timed endurance run between the English and Scottish capitals in which a factory prepared model performed magnificently. Then, immediately after the reliability test, the same went to Brooklands and attained the astounding speed of nearly 80 mph.
Subsequent London-to-Edinburgh models were popular for their sporty performance, only enhancing and making more exclusive the Silver Ghost range that had already earned the title of “The Best Car in the World.”
This car’s second owner donated #2380 to the Henry Ford Museum where it resided for nearly 30 years. Once back in private hands, the well documented motorcar was professionally and expertly restored and even earned the tremendously prestigious National 1st Place Prize from the AACA, among other awards.
Today these exclusive models remain at the top of the collector car scale and are one of the most coveted Brass Era automobiles in the world. Rarely available for sale, the consignment of this car to auction represents a very unique opportunity indeed.