1914 Rolls-Royce Limousine
|The best car in the world. Thats how one British journalist described the Rolls-Royce 40/50 upon hearing of the Herculean accomplishment of chassis number 13 of the new Rolls-Royce model in 1907. The Silver Ghost, with its silver paint and silver-plated parts had just succeeded in driving 15,000 miles, including driving from London to Glasgow 27 times, shattering the previous endurance record. Upon completion of the trip, the car was thoroughly inspected and found to need a total of £2.12 in repairs. The 40/50 model name refers to horsepower, and Silver Ghost, while originally referring to chassis number 13, is the name that stuck with this model. The Silver Ghost was the first Rolls-Royce to feature the mainstay Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament. Despite popular misconceptions, this ornament was never cast of silver, rather nickel and bronze, and recently stainless steel.
Specifications: Model 40/50; 40/50 horsepower, 7,428 cubic centimeter, straight six-cylinder engine. Price New: $5,000 chassis. Wheelbase: 144 inches. Production from 1907-1926: 6,173 chassis.
Connections: Compare the production run of twenty years each for the Silver Ghost (6,173 chassis) and Fords Model T (15 million complete vehicles).
The Duesenberg Model J called itself, The Finest Automobile in the World, twenty years after the Silver Ghost was dubbed, The Best Car in the World.
Accession no. 1992G08.
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