Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Roadster “Playboy” – 1926

Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Silver Ghost Roadster

Coachwork by Brewster
Chassis n° S306PL

Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
Estimated : € 300.000 – 400.000

Parijs – Paris
Frankrijk – France
February 2018

– Springfield-built Silver Ghost
– Left-hand drive
– Known ownership history
– Recent extensive refurbishment (including an engine overhaul) by Frank Dale & Stepsons

By the end of WWI, North America was the largest and most important car market, with more cars sold per annum in the USA than the rest of the world combined. Cars brought into the USA were subject to substantial importation taxes, so the Rolls-Royce management decided that in order to satisfy its customers’ demands at a more cost effective price, a manufacturing operation should set up on American soil. In 1919, the old American Wire Wheel Corporation plant on Waltham Avenue in Springfield, Massachusetts was purchased. As well as being an ideal location for supplying the … Read More

Lorenzo Bandini won the 1967 Daytona in another Ferrari 330P4

Lorenzo Bandini won the 1967 Daytona in another Ferrari 330P4

Lorenzo Bandini and Chris Amon drove a 4-liter Ferrari 330P4 Spyder to first place at the ’67 Daytona 24 beating a large contingent of 7-liter Ford Mk IIs and GT40s. In this photo he is trying out the third place P4 that was entered by NART. Most of the Fords failed to finish due to faulty transmissions. Because they beat the much favored Fords this win is considered by some the racing comeback of 1967. Ferrari didn’t take the cars to Sebring in 1967 because they feared that their cars would be impounded by the courts because of a lawsuit over the death of four spectators at Sebring in 1966. John Gauerke photo.

Posted by Nigel Smuckatelli on 2012-07-19 01:02:27

Tagged: , Automobile , auto , heures , racing , race , “Nigel , Smuckatelli” , “Louis , Galanos” , classiccar , sport-auto , Oldtimersport , speed , “GP , … Read More

Marmon Model 34 Roadster (1924)

Marmon Model 34 Roadster (1924)

Marmon was a US maker of luxury cars. They developed the first production V16 engine, only to be beaten to production by Cadillac who were much better financed.

Key to building the marques reputation was the Model 34.

The following text comes from am Autoweek article published in 2003:


As World War I began, Indianapolis car and flour milling machinery manufacturer Nordyke & Marmon decided to expand its automobile business by making an extraordinary new model. While the company’s genius engineer, Howard Marmon, is best known for the 1931 16-cylinder model, the six-cylinder Model 34 introduced in 1916 is probably Marmon’s more innovative vehicle. The 34 projected an image of progressive luxury, combining trend-setting design with excellent performance.

The exterior styling of the Model 34—drawn by Cleveland coachbuilder Leon Rubay—championed the beginning of streamlined automobile body shapes. The car’s … Read More