Few would argue that the Silver Ghost is not the most famous model in Roll-Royce’s lengthy roster of automotive successes. The last of the Silver Ghosts was produced in 1925. They were first produced in 1906 and boasted a high level of refinement including such a low noise-level that the claim was made that the only sound you could hear in a Rolls was the ticking of its clock. Despite being far ahead of its contemporaries in vision and implementation, the Silver Ghost was not as costly as some other cars. It had a 7-litre, 6-cylinder engine of “square design.”
Rolls-Royce came into being through the partnership of Rolls, a daredevil motor-racing and flying pioneer, and Royce, a brilliant engineer. Unfortunately for Rolls, he was killed soon after the formation of the partnership in a flying accident. Sad (you think?), but not deterred, Royce went on to build the “world’s best car.”
Cars are designed to the most amazing pieces of minutia. And these cars were not the exception. The hood ornament took on a life of its own. The famous “Spirit of Ecstasy” radiator mascot was suggested by another motoring pioneer, the second Lord Montagu, and then designed by Charles Sykes, with its human model for the ornament being Montagu’s secretary.
About 2,500 Ghosts were built before it was succeeded by the Phantom I in 1925, which, of course, was the pre-curser to the Phantom II in 1929. (Amazing how this stuff works, huh?)
They even decided to make other models for other markets. (Who needs a Harvard business degree?) There was also the smaller Rolls Twenty which appeared in 1922 and, guess what, yup; it soon spawned the 20/25 in 1925. (We’re getting it, right? It’s tough to pull one over on us!)
Well, enough stuff to read and fall to sleep over. Let’s take a look at these cars and decide for ourselves if the 1906 to 1925 Silver Ghost Rolls-Royce was something to get excited about.