March 28th 2012 – Auto of the day – pre WW1 Rolls – Auto #2
Results below do not include the 10% buyer’s premium.
1913 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Town Car by Brewster : $260,000.00
Engine: 6-Cylinder CU IN: 7428cc HP: 40 Trans: Manual Ext Color: Burgandy
40/50 HP, 7428 cc twin-head, side-valve in-line six cylinder engine, 4-speed transmission
Chassis No. 25MA, Engine No. 91A
With the amount of labor plus the care and precision, these motorcars were expensive when new, available only to the wealthiest of clients. Up in the chauffeur’s seat, he was open of all the elements of weather with only a removable fabric cover for his head. A full compliment of gauges including a clock, were mounted to the firewall and the custom built for Rolls-Royce Waltham speedometer-odometer today shows just under 89,300 miles which is apparently from new (title is exempt miles). For those lucky passengers, they are greeted with a luxurious rear seat covered in rich deep red wool broadcloth which is also used on the interior panels and fold-down occasional seats. Mounted on the divider wall is a stem-wound clock to make sure one wasn’t late for an important business meeting or luncheon date. Pull down window shades may be drawn for a bit of privacy and the hardware retains much of its original nickel finish. Dual fender mounted spare tires are fitted to rims which could be mounted to the massive wood spoked wheels should a flat tire occur. Lighting on the car has been electrified including the large drum-style headlamps and smaller matching driving lights. This car appears to be in mostly original condition, a salute to the outstanding craftsmanship that went into its construction. This is a vehicle worthy of any collection and as a survivor of those most opulent times.
Please Note: Our most current research indicates that Mrs. Cornelius Vanderbilt II owned this vehicle. Below is a brief history of ownership.
1914 Lt. JA Walker Romsey Hants, 1916 Mrs. C Vanderbilt, 1956 FS Watts, 1968 AF Blum, L Potter, 1983 AI Lieberman, 1987 R Burdick.
This vehicle was sold by Dan Kruse Auctions on March 3rd 2012, and reached US$286,000 incl. Buyers Premium.
Value: US$250,000 – 1.0 mil.
Comment: An awesome Rolls sold cheap, the vehicle looks like a rebody but again wont hurt because it is a Rolls. It does look like a glamorous Rolls and has apparent Vandebilt history so looks like VERY good value.