Rolls-Royce’s reputation as ‘The Best Car in the World’ was cemented in 1907 when the Rolls-Royce ‘Silver Ghost’ helmed by Hon. Charles Rolls and Claude Johnson achieved a non-stop long-distance endurance record of 14,371 miles. The ethereally quiet running of this extraordinary automobile and the silver paint with silver fittings was to shape luxury automotive history; creating a world-renowned benchmark for excellence in the process.
“The extraordinary accomplishments of our marque’s founding fathers are honoured by the creation of this elegant ‘Silver Ghost Collection’” commented Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
“The Rolls-Royce Bespoke Collective masterfully weave the rich narrative of the original ‘Silver Ghost’ into just 35 motor cars, creating a contemporary homage to the original motor car. Today, our craftspeople and master artisans continue this legacy of excellence, creating unique motor cars that define luxury.” – Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.
The uniqueness of this collection begins with a solid sterling-silver Spirit of Ecstasy. It features at its base a specially created ‘AX201’ hallmark by the British Assay office, the registration plate of the original ‘Silver Ghost.’ Next to it are the hallmarks of the Assay Office town mark, and the ‘RR’ badge to authenticate the lineage of the collection. The base of the Spirit of Ecstasy features an engraved black-gold-plated collar and an insert crafted from hammered copper, in tribute to the copper extensively used in the engine bay of the original ‘Silver Ghost.’
Cassiopeia Silver, a complex bespoke silver paint that incorporates both warm and cool tones, bathes the exterior of Ghost. It is embellished by hand-painted coachline which is imbued with fine particles of 100% pure silver, adding to the provenance of this collection. The grille veins are painted black while the fully-polished Cassiopeia Silver wheel centres are engraved with ‘SILVER GHOST – SINCE 1907.’
Inside, specially created ‘Forest Green’ leather seats, and silver-tipped leather incorporated onto the front and rear door panniers make their debut. A silver onlay has been set into the open pore wood of the fascia and door cappings, flanking a solid silver ingot.
The clock, styled as an ingot of silver, is engraved with ‘Silver Ghost Since 1907.’ The tread plates proudly authenticate each motor car, engraved with the words ‘Silver Ghost Collection – One of Thirty-Five’ and so on. The Rolls-Royce umbrellas are edged in a silver-coloured binding and have an open-pore Tudor Oak handle, with the end of the handle engraved to demonstrate its unique origins.