Today, for our Amelia Island pick we chose this 1914 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost Tourer from the RM Sotheby’s sale. We found this particular car interesting because it is a pretty well-known car that has changed hands quite a few times in its lifetime. Its first owner was a French importer of automobiles by the name of F.W. Berwick. It then went to its second owners in Scotland and finally made its way to the U.S. being imported by the U.S. New York dealer R.S. Shuette, sometime in the late teens or early 1920’s. At this time the car was re-bodied by the Locke body company of New York with an interesting coupe body that would stay with the car for the next 80 years. The car was owned by some very well-known Silver Ghost specialists and collectors over the years including Robert Knies of New York and later restored by David Hemmings, who created the new coachwork the car wears today, and then the car went on to Michael Sierra and finally Orin Smith.
The early Ghosts are some of the most well designed and high quality cars of the pre-1915 era which is why they command so much money when good ones come up for sale. Just like many other cars these Ghosts have their differences between the early cars and late models and these details really do matter when it comes to the early Ghosts. This particular car is a real 1914 car and is known to be a pretty good car. The obvious big issue with the car is the fact that it has a completely new body fitted to it, but it could be much worse. Many of these so called “early Ghosts” are really not early at all other than the fact that they may look like one. For example, Bonhams sold a 1913 Ghost Tourer at their 2017 Scottsdale, Arizona sale and there was almost nothing left on that car that was 1913 and that car brought $698,000. This cars chassis that is being offered by RM is the real thing and it can be found here on RM’s website with a pre-auction estimate of $600,000 – $800,000. If the Bonhams car brought just shy of $700,000 in Scottsdale than this car should bring $900,000 – $1,000,000 or more. Look for our next Amelia pick tomorrow and what we think about it!