1913 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost 40/50 Roi des Belges

The Vault presented by Hagerty®

By Woodall Nicholson

One of the most powerful and reliable cars of its day, the 40/50 Silver Ghost established the reputation of Rolls-Royce as a leading builder of luxury cars. This example was delivered on December 31, 1912 to a Mr. Bostead. After the car’s first and second bodies deteriorated, the chassis was considered too valuable to scrap and was stored on a farm in rural Somerset, England, where it was discovered after World War II. In the 1950s, the next owner meticulously rebuilt the chassis, and the respected coachbuilder Woodall Nicholson fitted a new body in the Roi des Belges style (“king of Belgium,” the first owner of a similarly-designed body). It was also outfitted with a low-mileage 1910 Rolls-Royce engine.

 Gift of Gordon R. and Mary M. Howard