This 1909 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost comes with a huge history file minutely detailing the extensive works undertaken to bring this Silver Ghost back to better than new standards. The work was performed by noted Roils Royce Ghost restorer Dave Hemmings of March Cambridgeshire who has worked on many such Rolls Royce cars over the years.
The current owner acquired the 1909 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost with a view to undertaking a major restoration project which has just come to its fourth year culmination. Prior to this, in 1973, the Ghost completed the Alpine Ghost tour of the same year.
The attention to detail on this 1909 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost is extraordinary. It has a full quotient of period instruments including an Elliott Brothers speedometer, oil pressure gauge and correct Rolls Royce switches, all in nickel. The Silver Whisper moniker plaque is from solid sterling silver as its hall mark attests. A boa constrictor type horn augments the passenger operated bulb type horn. The ‘Barker Rois Des Belges’ style bodywork was expertly crafted by noted coachbuilders Wilkinson’s of Derby as an exacting copy of an original. Particular attention was given to getting the curve of the rear doors correct.
The 1909 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost sits on Warland Artillery wheels shod with Dunlop Cord beaded edge tyres. A spare detachable rim is fitted to the running board. Under the Ghost’s bonnet, you are presented with a spectacular view with gleaming brass and copper wherever one looks. The engine, needless to say, runs in the kind of unflustered silence for which Rolls Royce cars are justly renowned. Being newly rebuilt, the 1909 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost is due for a thousand or so miles of careful running in. The Rolls Royce Silver Ghost runs and drives effortlessly with particularly light steering from running on the narrow gauge beaded edge rubber. The three speed gearbox is simple to use with little recourse to it being needed once top has been selected.
The Rolls Royce Silver Ghost is coach painted in ‘Velvet Green’ and has pale green scalloped coach lines to the bonnet. The seats are sumptuous buttoned green hide to front and rear along with green door cards and green Wilton carpets. The lamps are spectacular in their condition having been fully rebuilt & re-plated. A whisperer mascot adorns the radiator.
Early parallel bonnet Ghosts rarely come to market and even more rarely in such spectacular order.