Named the ‘Best Car in the World’ by Rolls-Royce, the car commonly known as the Silver Ghost was 40 / 50hp. For nearly two decades, the silver ghost has been the pinnacle of car luxury for many. Launched at the Olympia Motor Show in London in November 1906, the Silver Ghost was exquisitely designed, elaborately designed and exquisitely built. It provided an unmatched blend of comfort, smoothness and performance.

The key to the Silver Ghost’s capability was its engine, a six-cylinder unit, molded into two three-cylinder blocks. Unusually for that time the crane had a complete complement of seven bearings, which further favored smoothness and reliability. Both the bore and stroke were 4.5 inches (114 mm), resulting in a 7036cc capacity and a large torque reserve of 48bhp, at very low engine speeds. In 1907, Claude Johnson, managing director of Rolls-Royce, demonstrated flexibility by driving only third and fourth gears from Bexhill to Glasgow, first known as the ‘Silver Ghost’ of the Silver 40/50hp. The same car proves its quality again and again in long-distance reliability.

In 1925, before the Rolls-Royce came to other models, more than 6000 40 / 50hp models were produced. The original silver ghost, Johnson’s 40 / 50hp, was sold by Rolls-Royce in 1908 but was repurchased 40 years later and is still owned by the company. It will not be resold, but it should be one of the most valuable cars in the world.

The imposing face of the 40/50hp Rolls-Royce, with the famous ‘Spirit of Ecstacy’ mascot atop the radiator grille.

Exquisite workmanship and endless attention to detail were hallmarks of Rolls-Royce this is the model that earned the title ‘best car in the world.

Rolls-Royce built more than 6000 of the 40/50 model – better known as the Silver Ghost

– between 1906 and 1925.