Rolls Royce motor carriage.

Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
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During the early, to mid-1950s there was an elderly lady who lived in Marine Gate.
She owned a Rolls Royce from the early 1920s, which may have been a Silver Ghost or early Phantom with very unusual bodywork, rather like a horse-drawn carriage that had been grafted onto a Rolls Royce chassis.

The peculiar build

The chauffeur sat outside with only a roll-out leather cover that fastened onto the top of the windscreen for when it rained. The front doors were cut-away like a sports car and didn’t have windows or sidescreens. Beside him there was a very small seat for the footman. There was a speaking tube with a little trumpet beside the chauffeur’s right ear for communication. The passenger compartment was about six feet high with steps to get into it and had engraved or etched glass for the windows and the door handles were of the old-fashioned carriage style. On the back there was a detachable trunk for luggage.

Such an unusual vehicle

The image here gives a small indication of the vehicle’s automotive relatives. In spite of looking through several hundred photographs of old Rolls Royces I have never seen another car, (or maybe carriage?) like it. I would think that it was such an unusual vehicle that no-one would have wanted when the old lady died and was probably scrapped as were so many of these things in those days.

Does anyone remember this vehicle or the name of the lady who owned it? If you can help, please share by posting a comment below.

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  • The photograph shown is of the ‘original’ Rolls Royce ‘Silver Ghost’ of 1907, the 12th one of this model manufactured and retained by the factory as a demonstration car until 1908 before being sold into private ownership. It was then kept by the same family for the next forty years when it was part-exchanged for a MkV Bentley and became again the property of Rolls Royce.
    Unfortunately….., it later fell into the hands of Volkswagen who had taken over the Rolls Royce company. They recently decided that they no longer required it and it has subsequently been sold into the hands of a American collector.
    Another piece of British heritage lost to foreigners.

    The car I am seeking information on looked nothing like this other than the lengthy bonnet and Rolls Royce radiator. TCS.

    By Tim Sargeant (16/04/2022)
  • Thanks Tim for the extra info.

    By Jennifer Drury (21/04/2022)

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