1924 Roll Royce 40/50 hp Silver Ghost Tourer
ROLLS-ROYCE SILVER GHOST W/ OVERDRIVE!
7,431cc L-head inline six-cylinder engine
Single Rolls-Royce Carburetor
4-speed manual transmission
Live front axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs and live rear axle with platform cantilever rear
Rear-wheel mechanical drum brakes
Known history from new
Highly original example
Side shift four-speed example
Desirable open coachwork
THE 40/50HP SILVER GHOST
Soon after it started Rolls-Royce adopted a single model policy, concentrating all its
efforts, engineering and development on the 40/50hp six-cylinder series known by the
name of its earliest successful example, the Silver Ghost. But while Rolls-Royce stayed
with a single model designation the Silver Ghost was anything but static in engineering,
design or features. The Silver Ghost was rugged, powerful, strong and quiet. It would
cruise all day, swallowing up long distances in comfort and silence. At the same time its
quiet and relaxed low speed operation was ideally suited to restrained and elegant duty
under limousine and town car coachwork. The Silver Ghost proved to be so suitable that,
in addition to the Rolls-Royce factory in Derby, Rolls-Royce set up production facilities in
the United States in 1920, choosing Springfield, Massachusetts for its access to suppliers
and for the ample supply of skilled craftsmen trained in the armories and machine tool
factories of the Connecticut River valley and New England.
The first Springfield Silver Ghosts were assembled from kits of parts brought from
England but the Springfield works steadily added American vendors for accessories and
electrical systems and expanded its manufacturing capabilities. After a few years even
managers from Derby were rating the Springfield built Rolls-Royce automobiles the equal
of Derby-built cars. Some of them even rated the Springfield product to be better.
Updated features and mechanical refinements were first applied to Derby-built Rolls-
Royces, then added to the Springfield-built cars so the American product was late to get
such improvements as four-wheel brakes. On the other hand, many of the American
components were better than those available in the U.K. and the Springfield-built RollsRoyces
soon featured American-made Bosch magnetos and coil ignition, Bijur generators
and starters and American-made wire wheels.
Several external attributes of the Springfield cars were unique, particularly the tubular
bumpers and drum-style headlights. All were bodied with American-built coachwork,
sometimes by Brewster but mostly, at least during the Silver Ghost era, provided by a
number of coachbuilders which worked to open orders for cataloged bodies from Rolls-
Royce and which were then identified only as made by Rolls-Royce Custom Coachworks.
The American coachwork was frequently distinguishable from its British counterparts,
being visually lighter, less formal and more suited to being used by owner-operators.
This wonderful Pall Mall has been a well-known member of the Rolls Royce community for
decades having resided for many years in the collection of Rolls Royce Enthusiast and
Friedly's ice cream founder S. Prestley Blake.
Delivered new to a Mr. E.M. Winslow of Lynn, Massachusetts on the 24th of December
1924, the car spent most of its life in New England. In the 1950's, it was owned by George
Anderson of Swampscott, Massachuetts. In the early 60's, the car was displayed at the
Elliot Museum in Stuart, Florida. In 2001, Frank and Carole Brooks purchased the car and
then sold it in 2011 to Enfield Auto Restoration of Enfield, Connecticutt who had the car
This largely original Pall Mall is both honest and lovely. Retaining many original features
and quite a bit of its original interior paneling. Looking over the car you know you are
looking at a car that was never neglected and was certainly not rescued from a field like
many cars of this era.
Featuring the desirable Springfield Ghost right hand drive chassis with four-speed side
shifter. The Ghosts combines the best of both the American and English cars. This is a
matching numbers example with its original highly attractive Pall Mall coachwork. Under
its current ownership it has been the recipient of a new top and some new upholstery
work. Recent mechanical work kept the Ghost in top running order. The paintwork is older
but presets very well.
An American Pall Mall is one of the best Silver Ghosts for touring. The addition of
overdrive has made this car exceptionally nice to drive at higher speeds. With good
looking, lightweight and practical bodies they are a desirable choice for Silver Ghost
Association events. This being the more desirable four-speed version with overdrive and
such great originality makes it a very appealing machine indeed