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Rolls Royce Silver Ghost (USA built 1921 - 1926)


Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, 1925, Brewster Playboy Roadster

In April 1921 the first US-built Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost rolled off the production line in Springfield/Massachusetts. There a factory had been equipped following Rolls-Royce's 1920 announcement that the 40/50 hp chassis would be produced in the U.S.A. emphasizing that the same quality materials were to be used and of course adequate standards of excellence with which the name Rolls-Royce had become associated. Early examples were completely identical to their British counterparts, on later series vital modifications like left hand drive and a centre change three speed gearbox catered for American fashion and driving attitudes. 1703 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghosts were built in the USA.

6 cylinder in-line engine in two groups of three
bore x stroke 1/2 x 4 3/4 in
capacity 7,428 cc
coil and magneto ignition
cone type clutch
4 speed gearbox (from 1925 3-speed gearbox)
spiral bevel final drive
suspension by semi-elliptic front springs, cantilever rear
wheelbase 144 in or 150 1/2 in
tyres 33 x 5 on 23 in rims (later 33 x 6,75 on 21 in rims followed by 7.00 x 20 on 20 in rims)
rear wheel brakes.