Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
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Make: Rolls-Royce
Model: Silver Ghost
Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost

The Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost refers both to a car model and to a specific car from that series. It was originally called the 40/50 h.p., as the AX 201 was the car that was originally given the name "Silver Ghost." As it turns out, other 40/50 hp cars were also given names but the Silver Ghost title was taken up by the press and soon all 40/50s were called by the name. This was not an officially recognized name by Rolls-Royce until 1925 when the Phantom range was launched. The chassis was produced at Royce's Manchester and later Derby and Springfield, Massachusetts factories. The chassis and engine were also used as the basis of a range of Armored cars. In 1906, Rolls-Royce produced four chassis to be shown at the Olympia car show: two were existing models, one was a four cylinder 20hp and one was a six cylinder 30hp. At the time, the 40/50 hp was so new that the show cars were not fully finished and examples were not provided to the press for testing until March 1907. At first, the Silver Ghost had a new side-valve, six-cylinder, 7036 cc engine and a three speed transmission. Four speed units were installed from 1913. Two spark plugs were fitted to each cylinder with, from 1921, a choice of magnet or coil ignition. The earliest cars had used a trembler coil to produce the spark with the magnet as an optional extra, which soon became standard. The instructions for the auto said to start the engine on the battery and then switch to magnet. Thankfully, continuous development allowed power output to be increased from 48 bhp at 1,250 rpm to 80 bhp at 2,250 rpm. The Silver Ghost was the origin of Rolls-Royce's claim of making the "Best car in the world".

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