Designed in 1906 and launched in 1907, the 40/50 hp meets all the targets of the engineer. It is powerful and fast, without vibrations. It never breaks down. The first 40/50, still in Rolls-Royce's ownership, accumulated 920,000 km in its first 110 years.
The 40/50 hp can do everything. Its London to Edinburgh variant wins road endurance competitions from 1911 and its Alpine Eagle variant wins hill climbing races from 1913. The bodies are subcontracted. Some of them are symbols of their time : a double pullman limousine of 1912 bodied by Barker was sold for £ 4,7M including premium by Bonhams on June 29, 2012.
7,874 units were manufactured in this top-of-the-range model from 1907 to 1926, sustaining its reputation as the world's best car. This quantity includes 188 London to Edinburgh units in 1912 and 1913, characterized by a larger carburetor and higher compression and gearing.
On October 2 in Philadelphia, Bonhams sells a London to Edinburgh sports tourer improved from its release in 1913 with a 'colonial style' for use over long distances on rugged roads. The volume of the tank is increased and the clearance is improved. It is estimated $ 1.1M, lot 335.
The 40/50 hp designation is obsolete since 1925 when the nickname of one of the very first specimens, the Silver Ghost, was re-attributed by the brand to that model as a whole.
SOLD for $ 1M including premium
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