Chassis no: 98AU
1924 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost Hooper open drive Landaulette.
Chassis number: 98AU
Registration number: YK7777
Ordered new by a Friend of Sir Henry Royce, one Sidney Prestige; the car was sent to Hoopers to have the wonderful open drive landaulette body that we find on it today. Afficionados of the telvision series Downton Abbey will recognize the car as it made multiple appearances in the series.
This Rolls Royce Silver Ghost as been owned by the current owner 23 years as part of a small collection or Silver Ghosts & other Rolls Royce motor cars, all immaculate & each one remarkable in its own right.
The car is in impeccable order throughout, drives beautifully & has a strong quiet engine. Being a later car it benefits from having its fuel fed via an Autovac system & was also equipped with the then newfangled 4 wheel brakes.
Coachwork is typical Hooper quality throughout. The interior of the car being both spacious & capacious with twin occasional seats folding from the bulkhead. Bedford cord in fine order is fitted to the rear with black leather to the seating surfaces up front. UNusually the car is equiiped with a signalling system allowing the rear occupands to diect the driver to Stop, Turn Around, Go Right, Left etc with the commands being relayed to a lighted signal box abover the rear view mirror.
Being an open drive, one gets a wonderfully light & airy feel whilst behind the wheel; Indeed the car is well suited to an owner driver whislt being equally at home on more formal occasions. The rear Landaulette roof folds easily down after releasing two simple catches allowing for alfresco motoring for the rear passengers.
Under the bonnet the car has been maintained to show standards with all the brass & copper piping buffed & polished to military standards. Pleasingly the car retains its original under-trays.
It is always a pleasure to find a car wearing its original coachwork & even more so to find such a period untouched gem from the king of coachbuilders Hooper. I rate these original cars way ahead of the more commonly found rebodied tourers.
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