Phantom silver marks 100th anniversary of silver ghost

Posted on Jun 3, 2007 by

Rolls-Royce has
produced a limited edition, named Phantom Silver, to mark the 100th anniversary
of the Silver Ghost. The special model, of which only 25 will be made, pays
homage to one of the most famous automotive names of all time.

First built in
1906, specifically to publicise the then new Rolls-Royce 40/50 h.p.
six-cylinder model, the Silver Ghost established the Rolls-Royce reputation for
reliability and engineering excellence. The name was coined in 1907 by
Rolls-Royce Managing Director, Claude Johnson, by virtue of its silver
coachwork and its ‘extraordinary stealthiness’. The original Silver Ghost,
registered AX-201, competed in the 1907 Scottish Reliability Trial, for which
it won the gold medal in its class for hill climbing speed and reliability. The
Silver Ghost went on in that year to break the world record for a non-stop
motor run, covering a London to Glasgow route 27 times, with mileage
totalling 14,371 miles.

More than 6,000
“Silver Ghosts” were built between 1907 and 1925, and sold in every corner of
the world. The majority are still in good running order.

In tribute to
the specifications of the original, the Phantom Silver is finished in a new
bespoke paint, Metallic Ghost Silver. The 21-inch wheels have chrome centres
and on top of the grille sits a hallmarked solid silver Spirit of Ecstasy.
Inside, Rose Leaf or Crème Light leather is accompanied by seat piping and
headrests embroidered with the Rolls-Royce interlinked RR badge. Straight grained
Santos Palissander wood veneer is used throughout. The same veneer is also used
on a specially designed presentation box that houses the key, two solid silver
key fobs and a specially commissioned solid silver Conway Stewart fountain pen.

Meanwhile, to
commemorate the Silver Ghost’s anniversary, over 60 pristine of these historic
motor cars, built between 1907 and 1926, gathered at the Rolls‑Royce head
office and manufacturing plant at Goodwood, before embarking on a on a 17-day,
2000-mile tour.

Organised by the
20-Ghost Club which encourages the restoration, maintenance and use of Rolls-Royce
cars built before 1945, this gathering saw cars from as far away as the United States, Australia,
New Zealand, Singapore, South
Africa and India. The vehicles represent some
of the finest examples of their type, including the car that carried out the
actual endurance test in 1907.

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