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 books, 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) but has now gone under the hammer for £4,705,500, making it the most expensive Rolls-Royce ever sold at auction.
Through the roof: The lengthy auction saw two enthusiasts dueling for the pristine car as the bidding went up in increments of £100,000, smashing past the £2million estimate
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 unsophisticated. 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 FOOT REST HIDES A FULL PICNIC SET FOR FOUR, A CHINA TEA SERVICE, COMPLETE WITH AN ALCOHOL-FUELED BURNER AND KETTLE TO HEAT THE WATER, AND A SET OF SIX DECANTERS – THREE IN STERLING SILVER AND THREE IN LEATHER-WRAPPED GLASS.
Luxurious: The elegant passenger compartment complete with 29 beveled glass windows and the stylish steering wheel,
Standing the test of time:
The 7.3-litre, six-cylinder engine is still purring smoothly and is capable of doing around 15 miles to the gallon
Mark of history:
A plaque bearing the vehicle's chassis number of 1907
Touch of class: The original owner employed the services of the best coach-making company, Barker and Co. Ltd, to do the bodywork
Classic designs: One of the car's brake lights. The Rolls-Royce still had its headlights, carriage lights, rear lights and inflatable tyres when it went up for sale
Sir John Mills is driven in a vintage Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost in 2000 during the pageant celebrating the Queen Mother's 100th birthday in Horse guards Parade, London.