First hitting the stage in 1907, the Rolls Royce 40/ 50 broke endurance and mileage records of the time by trekking over 15,000 miles at 24mph, a truly impressive feat when the horse was still a viable contemporary. This can be attested to its legendary seven-liter, six-cylinder engine, which has the unique attribute of near-silence, one that earned it the first unofficial and later official title of Silver Ghost, a name that would inspire the popular New Phantom series of updated 40/50s. Yet another epithet earned by the 40/50 was Alpine Eagle during the Austrian Alpine Trail where several custom 40/50s would win six awards, reproductions of which later being sold as Continental models.
Other 40/50s would serve as ambulances and armored cars during World War I. The famous Colonel T.E. Lawrence or Lawrence of Arabia as hes more commonly known praised the reliability of the 40/50 saying, A Rolls in the desert is above rubies. All of this reinforced the prowess of Frederick Henry Royce in engineering cars of both style and mechanical excellence. Its here that the Rolls Royce brand truly finds its genesis.
Looking to purchase a classic Rolls Royce?
Multitudes of Rolls Royce 40/50s were produced over the years. Any 40/50 a prospective buyer is likely to come across will have varying coachwork and its own little idiosyncrasies. Its important to find out if the vehicle still has its original body or if it has undergone renovation. You also might want to familiarize yourself with the terminology and learn to identify if the 40/50 in front of you is a limousine or maybe a touring design. You may find many that are well below working condition or have other flaws like rust or missing parts. Previous owners may have performed sub-par maintenance with inadequate knowledge for such a delicate machine.
Its best to meet with experts like those at the Beverly Hills Car Club! Theyre dedicated to helping any and all who share their love of classic cars and their desire to preserve them through the ages. Call on the Beverly Hills Car Club and youll find friends willing to aid you in finding a car that will last a lifetime.