United Kingdom 1923
The Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP was hailed as “the best car in the world” by Autocar magazine in 1907. The name “Silver Ghost” comes from the twelfth 40/50 HP. The exterior decoration parts of the twelfth 40/50 HP were silver-plated. The body of this car was also painted with silver powder paint to emphasize its quiet and smooth driving feeling like a ghost. Due to the highly ornamental and beautiful car body tailored by coachbuilders at that time, 40/50 HP quickly established its unique position in the field of luxury cars and caused a sensation worldwide. After the Phantom model was launched in 1925, Rolls-Royce officially recognized the name, “Silver Ghost”.
The Silver Ghost was initially equipped with a 7.0-liter side-valve 6-cylinder engine, which was later upgraded to a 7.4-liter displacement in 1910. The gearbox was also upgraded from 3-speed to 4-speed in 1913. It is the first car in the world that was employed tremor coil ignition and a permanent magnet generator.