Chassis no: 182AG
1921 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost Park Ward Salamanca.
Chassis number: 182AG
Registration number: LE4721
Factory records show that ‘182 AG’ was finally tested at Park Ward’s Willesden works on 17th June 1922. The first owner is recorded as a Mr Jacquet and the favoured coachwork was the then most fashionable Salamanca Cabriolet. The latter provided the most versatile accommodation, offering fully open, closed or part-open configurations accordingly to the demands of the weather. In fully closed form it was indeed a snug vehicle and in the case of this car provides the rear passengers with very private accommodation.
The original build sheets specified two spare wheels, Lucas lighting, mechanical lifts to windows, concealed tool boxes below the running boards, a folding foot rail in the rear compartment, ladies’ and gents’ companion trays and the occasional rear seats to be concealed.
The car went to the USA in 1930 and had two owners in Maryland and Pennsylvania before returning to the UK in the early 1970s. Upon its return it participated successfully in the 1973 Alpine Commemoration Rally and during the immediately preceding seven years of private ownership was driven each year to the R-REC Annual Rally. ‘182 AG’ was selected as one of the 12 cars to take part in the Queen Mother’s 100th Birthday Celebration Parade and in 2002 took part in the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Tribute at Windsor Castle.
The car has been fastidiously maintained in good patinated working order and is handsomely presented in green livery with deep-buttoned red leather upholstery. It features twin side-mounted spare wheels, two-piece opening windscreen, magnificent Lucas lighting, driver's mirror and nickel-plated brightwork throughout. The car comfortably accommodates six passengers and with an engine capacity of 7.4 litres and Rolls-Royce’s traditional top gear flexibility, has the ability to maintain station comfortably in modern traffic.
The car has just had a Circa £40,000 engine rebuild so needless to say is in perfect mechanical condition. An original ’Ghost folding luggage rack and black Brexton trunk have been fitted, giving plenty of space for luggage when touring. Indeed, ‘182 AG’ has proved to be an extremely reliable touring car, having been driven with four up and their luggage for seven days over 1,000 miles from the South of England to Ireland where it participated in and was awarded 1st Prize in its class at the Gordon Bennett Rally.
Other tours have included many parts of the UK and France where the car was driven by myself to attend the Lemans Classic Races. Whilst there we set a LeMans Lap record.......for the slowest lap ever recorded at 4mph with a french brass band on board driving at the minimum setting on the hand throttle.
This is a particularly versatile coachwork & pleasingly is original to the car. The car has just the right patination to the paint & to the leather to give it a lovely authentic feel rather then a show room new finish. As an old friend we are ready to welcome her home from germany.
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