London to Edinburgh Rolls-Royce to star in October sale

The London to Edinburgh Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost is named for a time trial undertaken by the model in 1911.

On October 2, Bonhams will offer one of these rare cars (chassis #2380) in a sale hosted at the Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum in Philadelphia.

Rolls-Royce Edinburgh

Chassis #2308 is one of a handful of 'colonial specification' models

Bonhams describes the model as “one of the most coveted Rolls-Royces of all time”.

The factory model used in the 1911 run achieved an enviable result of 24.3 miles to the gallon. It undertook a speed trial immediately afterwards, resulting in a recorded top speed of around 80mph.

The lot offered in the sale dates to 1913 and is one of a rare few “colonial specification” models kitted out with an oversized radiator and fuel tank.

As the name suggests, most were shipped outside of the UK.   

Bonhams comments: “This car's second owner donated #2380 to the Henry Ford Museum where it resided for nearly 30 years…

“Today these exclusive models remain at the top of the collector car scale and are one of the most coveted Brass Era automobiles in the world.

“Rarely available for sale, the consignment of this car to auction represents a very unique opportunity indeed.”

There’s no estimate for the present lot, but a 1912 model in comparable condition sold for £830,300 ($1m) at Bonhams in 2013.

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