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From the Archives: 1923 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Riviera Town Car

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The incomparable Silver Ghost is one of the most revered cars ever built by Rolls-Royce. Over 6,000 Ghosts were built by the luxury automaker in England, with production beginning on Cooke Street in Manchester and concluding at the industrial Rolls-Royce Works in Derby in 1925. There were also over 1,700 made in Springfield, Massachusetts from 1921-1926, giving the rare Silver Ghost some international exposure. It’s believed there are about 1,000 left today. As fate would have it, this one was a cover car in the January 1973 issue of Hemmings Motor News. Photographed at Hershey in 1972, this Silver Ghost belonged to Dr. Erle M. Heath who purchased this Brewster-bodied car in 1970. What became of the car is unknown by us, though we’d love to know what happened to it. Dr. Heath writes:

It is, of course, a Springfield Ghost, and to the best of my knowledge the only Silver Ghost with the Riviera Town Car body. The Brewster Riviera body is characterized by a rake to the windshield, triangular glass inserts at the base of the windshield frames, contoured front doors, and a ‘rakish’ fender line. There were a limited number of these produced, most of which were mounted on P1 chassis.

The interior features upholstery with a petit point design on the black background on the seat panels, gold plated hardware, and the mouton and Persian lamb rug. I think the car expresses the elegance of a by-gone era, yet avoids the angular boxy lines of many of the Town Cars of the 1920’s.

To date we have enjoyed it chiefly at shows, and a few opportunities for local drives, but look forward to using it for tour purposes in the future.

The car was shown at the AACA Hershey Meet in ’71 at which time it won First Junior, and subsequently at the ’72 Spring meet at Seven Spring and the ’72 Hershey meet at both of which it received Senior awards. We look forward to taking our Ghost to the RROC National Meet in Newport next September.

 

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