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
Bonhams
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

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:

1917 MARMON MODEL 34 TOURING CAR: WAY AHEAD OF ITS TIME

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

How to handle a Veyron, just get in and floor it!

How to handle a Veyron, just get in and floor it!

The Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4 is a mid-engine grand tourer produced by Bugatti headquarters in Château St Jean in Molsheim (Alsace, France), and whose production and development is often credited to Ferdinand Karl Piech. It is named after French racing driver Pierre Veyron, who won the 24 hours of Le Mans in 1939 while racing for the original Bugatti company. Two hundred examples of the Veyron are known to have been built and delivered since production began. There will be a total of 300 built. All the Veyron editions contribute to the 200 being built (stopped built in late 2008). The editions that are contributing are the Veyron, Veyron 16.4, Pur Sang, Hermes Edition, Sang Noir, Targa, Vincero, and the Bleu Centenaire. It will be replaced with the Grand Sport, which is essentially a Veyron Convertible.

Special Editions
Pur Sang
On 10 September 2007, a special version of the Veyron … Read More