It manages 15 miles to the gallon and has a top speed of 60mph.
But this 100-year-old Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost has zoomed into the world record
, selling at auction for almost £5million following a fierce bidding war.
It was originally bought for £1,000 in 1912 (almost £93,000 in today’s money)
t has now gone under the hammer for £4,705,500, making it the most expensive
Rolls-Royce ever sold at auction.
In great nick: The six-cylinder, 7.3-litre car comes with perfect provenance and is still
Purring smoothly, doing about 15 miles to the gallon.
What it lacks in gadgetry, the British-made classic more than compensates for with an
Extraordinary level of luxury that leaves its modern-day counterparts looking a little
Its gleaming interior fittings are made of silver and ivory, while the door panels are
Embroidered silk, with brocade tassels attached to silk window shades for privacy.
E PASSENGER FOOTREST HIDES A FULL PICNIC SET FOR FOUR, A CHINA TEA SERVICE,
COMPLETE WITH AN ALCOHOL-FUELLED BURNER AND KETTLE TO HEAT THE WATER,
AND A SET OF SIX DECANTERS –
THREE IN STERLING SILVER AND THREE IN LEATHER-WRAPPED GLASS.
The sale took place at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in West Sussex on Friday.
Auctioneers had expected it to sell for around £2million and were astonished when
The bidding between two rival collectors topped £4million.
James Knight, from Bonhams auctioneers, said: ‘There were three bidders,
Then one of them dropped out at £2.3million and we thought it would end there.
But then another bidder entered and the bidders were duelling. It went up in
Increments of £50,000, and then £100,000, and then back down to £50,000.
‘It went on and on and on and was the longest car sale I have ever witnessed.
It was pure theatre. Everyone was very respectful but when the price reached a
Milestone, like £3million, there was an intake of breath.
‘The bidders were duelling and when the hammer came down there was spontaneous
‘It was fitting because the car is celebrating her centenary.’
The car was commissioned by Rolls-Royce connoisseur John M. Stephen
Version: The Corgi toy of the roller, pictured, is a very accurate copy of
The real Silver Ghost. The real car was sold by Bonhams at the Goodwood
Festival of Speed. The car even had an early speedometer –
There was no mention of how expensive the Corgi Minature was? but I doubt it was within my price range either!!!!
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