Rolls Royce exterior


Rolls Royce exterior

  • 1. "Spirit of Ecstasy" mascot features from 1911
  • 2. Wooden "artillery" wheels have detachable rims
  • 3. Acetylene lights used until 1919
  • 4. Fuel-pump settings are manually adjustable
  • 5. Exterior handle is a throwback to horse-drawn era
  • 6. Wonderfully extravagant boa-constrictor horn
  • 7. Lights display masterful tinsmithery

The 40/50 hp's body was made to the customer's order by external coachbuilders. There was no such thing as a "standard" style, and coachwork ranged from sober open tourers to extravagant limousines made for various foreign potentates. From 1920 the Silver Ghost was also assembled with U.S.-made bodies in Springfield, Massachussetts. This particular car dates from 1912, and it carries an accurate modern-day copy-created over 14 years-of a body by coachbuilder Rothschild.