Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
The Rolls-Royce automobile manufacturing company of Great Britain manufactured the Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost between 1907 and 1926. Henry Royce created this car as a replacement to his 6-cylinder "Thirty" edition, which he felt, ran very roughly. He was hoping for a car that would run a bit quieter and perhaps a bit smoother.
What Henry Royce developed was soon deemed the "Best Car in the World". The Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost was unveiled at the Olympia Motor Show. It soon became extremely popular and was the second longest running car to be manufactured, next to the Model T Ford. To date, the Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost is the most famous luxury car ever created.
Its luxury interior, beautifully styled body, and smooth running engine matched the reliability of the Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost. At first, the car was produced in four different engine types - two, three, four, and six-cylinder options. The cylinders were manufactured as two blocks of three and did not include heads. The exclusion of heads meant that there were no head gaskets to blow. The electrical system was also state-of-the-art and the carburetor worked with fine tuned precision.
During the period of time the Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost was being produced, cars were not considered reliable at all. The Rolls-Royce became famous for its legendary performance and is exactly why everyone called it the best car in the world. Henry Royce went about and beyond his goal of creating a quiet car.
Even though the Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost was a very heavy car, the fuel consumption was only about 19 mpg. The seven-liter engine could produce cruising speeds of 50 mph, which was higher than a car could travel on the roads of the time anyway. If any of the owners wanted to let loose, a racetrack was necessary to experience the performance of the car.
The cost of the Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost was so high that only high-class, top earning people could afford it. It was certainly not a car for the general public. Henry Royce's development of this fantastic automobile could not have come at a better time as the Rolls-Royce car company was a bit strapped for cash.
World War II saw a suspension in production of the Silver Ghost, but the engine and chassis were still being used for the Rolls-Royce armored car line. The first cars produced in the Silver Ghost line were available with a hand operated brake lever for the rear brakes. Later models had a pedal braking system on a drum on the rear axle from 1913.
The superiority of the Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost lasted into the early 20s, but sales began to decline and in 1925, the New Phantom was introduced as the replacement to the Silver Ghost. There were 7874 Silver Ghosts produced and there are many of them that are still road-worthy today. Even today, the Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost is the world's most valuable car. Its insured value is over 50 million dollars.
The Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost will be forever known as a high quality, luxurious automobile that was the leader in reliability of the day. For more information about this legendary car, visit oldoppos.us.