Rolls-Royce Ghosts, 100 years apart and a Luxury Constant for 114 years
- A historic pair of Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost greet new Ghost in San Diego
- The pair of early 20th century commissions are still in service along with 70% of all Rolls-Royce motor cars ever delivered
- The gathering marked the 2022 Rolls-Royce Owners Club Meet in San Diego
- Rolls-Royce Ghost and Black Badge Ghost showcase the tremendous technological development of the world’s premier luxury brand over the past century
“Rolls-Royce Ghost remains one of the most popular members of our family. No name has been more successful for Rolls-Royce Motor Cars over the past century and especially over the past 20 years marking the Goodwood era. It’s fascinating to share how Rolls-Royce has evolved over the past century while at the same time, remaining true to its promise as the premier luxury brand in the world.” — Martin Fritches, President Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Americas
Rolls-Royce Ghost has been the most successful name for the world’s leading luxury brand for the past century. Ghost has set luxury and motoring standards since Sir Henry Royce and Charles Rolls revealed Silver Ghost to the world in 1908. This week, as part of the 2022 Annual Meet of Rolls-Royce Owners Club, the brand spans more than 100 years of Ghost with an exclusive meeting of two special Silver Ghost and two spectacular 2022 Rolls-Royce Ghost commissions. The family gathering comes 114 years since the debut of Silver Ghost in 1907.
The vintage Silver Ghosts were introduced to the pair of 2022 Rolls-Royce commissions as Rolls-Royce motor car owners and lovers convened in San Diego for the 2022 Rolls-Royce Owners Club annual gathering. This annual meet features some of the finest examples Rolls-Royce historic commissions from throughout North America. With more than 70 percent of all motor cars created still gracing the world’s roads today, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars commitment to excellence of quality and luxury is borne out in each unique Bespoke creation.
The vintage beauties were greeted by a 2022 Rolls-Royce Ghost, the execution of the brand’s concept of ‘post-opulence’ first seen in 2021. Today’s Ghost is a more restrained and refined. Constructed on the brand’s dedicated ‘Architecture of Luxury,’ Ghost has refined the Rolls-Royce driving experience to perfection. The interior free of unnecessary adornments with wide simple leatherwork and the longest straightest stitch lines ever seen in a motor car. Every piece has also been engineered to make Ghost the quietest ever and the most intriguing design features resulting from the use of light. Designers extended the effect of the brands Starlight Headliner inside and out with a fascia is illuminated with 850 shimmering stars surrounding the mark “Ghost.” On the exterior, a subtle ‘light touch’ includes a new feature with an illuminate iconic Rolls-Royce grill.
Black Badge Ghost joined the reunion as the darker, edgier alter ego for the family. The distinct model features both design and engineering enhancements that make it the choice for a more aggressive Rolls-Royce collector. With darkened chrome including the iconic Spirit of Ecstasy, Black Badge highlights the passion for nightlife. Black Badge Ghost doesn’t just bring a darker beauty, engineering enhancements give it more brawn. Goodwood engineers have tuned the 6.75-liter twin-turbo V-12 to deliver more torque and horsepower than the ‘post-opulent’ Ghost and the acclaimed ‘Architecture of Luxury’ has been engineered to be more aggressive.
The event comes just following the announcement by Rolls-Royce of the second iteration of “Boat Tail’ the premier program for the Rolls-Royce Coachbuild division and the reveal of the new interpretation of Phantom VIII, the ability of Rolls-Royce Motors to continue delivering commissions are becoming instant classics is undisputed.
1921 Rolls-Royce Springfield Silver Ghost
151JG Mayfair RRCCW Body # RR-1822 Engine # 20-172
A stunning car with all its original appointments and finishing’s this 1921 has complete restoration including beautiful paint, metal finish, wood, leather & broadcloth upholstery. One of the first cars to be produced at Rolls-Royce’s Springfield, Massachusetts production facility, it was originally bodied with a Smith Sedan RRCCW #SS-149 and sold in Ohio and it was rebodied with a new Mayfair body appointed with a sliding partition window. In 1926 the chassis was converted to left hand drive (steering, pedals, shifter & brake lever, instrument panel) and running board boxes were removed as was in fashion. Doug and Carole gates of Poway, California became the fourth owners of this Silver Ghost in 2016.
1923 ROLLS-ROYCE Silver Ghost
Barker-style tourer Chassis #29LK
This 1923 British Build commission is a beautiful open top example of Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Tourer. With an exterior Claret paint finish, it boasts beautiful paint, metal finish, wood, leather & upholstery. The Silver Ghost was initially bodied and sold as a limousine in the UK market and then imported into the US in the early 1960’s for a Massachusetts owner. An award-winning Silver Ghost from the 2010 Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, this Silver Ghost has traveled more than 10,000 road miles in past year and has journeyed the 12,000 miles from its home in North Carolina to Alaska in recent years. Current owners Doug and Mary White revel in adding miles to this tourer. They have toured the UK, Europe, South Africa. The Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost has even visited Singapore in the past decade.