'Corgi' Rolls-Royce sells with $3.2m estimate at Goodwood Festival of Speed
This classic 1912 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Double Pullman Limousine is auctioning at Goodwood
Paul Fraser Collectibles, Wednesday 22 February 2012
Collectors can feel the momentum at the Goodwood Festival of Speed event on Friday, June 29, as a number of rare and classic cars go under the hammer.
Highlights will include 'The Corgi' Rolls-Royce, otherwise known as a 1912 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Double Pullman Limousine.
This car bears the distinction of being the most recognisable surviving example of the marque's renowned 'Silver Ghost' models.
Vehicle design connoisseurs may notice that the Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Double Pullman Limousine's opulent design echoes the luxurious 'Pullman' Railway carriages pioneered by American George Pullman.
The car's coachwork is constructed by the finest quality coachbuilder of the car's era, Barker & Co of South Audley St, London.
Also remarkable is the car's well documented provenance. This includes time in some of the world's finest collections, including those of John C Sword and Denis de Ferranti in the UK and later those of Richard Solove and John M. O'Quinn in the USA.
It was first-delivered to John M Stephens in South Croydon, UK. Stephens was a well-known lover of Rolls-Royce and purchased the first-ever Silver Ghost.
Even better, this car - chassis number 1907 - avoided the utilitarian fate bestowed among many of its siblings during World War One, and also remained unharmed after World War Two.
Given how remarkable this car is, it's of no surprise that this Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Double Pullman Limousine's estimate surpasses £1m. It will auction with a £2m ($3,164,360) estimate on June 29.
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