Rolls Royce 100th Anniversary this year
Posted on February 18, 2011 by Number Plates
To mark the 100th anniversary of the Silver Ghost, Rolls-Royce has produced a limited edition, named Phantom Silver. The Phantom Silver, of which only 25 will be made, pays homage to one of the most famous automotive names of all time.
First built in 1906, specifically to publicise the then new Rolls-Royce 40/50 h.p. six-cylinder model, the Silver Ghost established the Rolls-Royce reputation for reliability and engineering excellence. The name was coined in 1907 by Rolls-Royce Managing Director, Claude Johnson, by virtue of its silver coachwork and its ‘extraordinary stealthiness’. The original Silver Ghost, registered AX 201, competed in the 1907 Scottish Reliability Trial, for which it won the gold medal in its class for hill climbing speed and reliability. The Silver Ghost went on in that year to break the world record for a non-stop motor run, covering a London to Glasgow route 27 times, with mileage totaling 14,371 miles.
More than 6,000 “Silver Ghosts” were built between 1907 and 1925, and sold in every corner of the world. The majority are still in good running order. In tribute to the specifications of the original, the Phantom Silver is finished in a new Bespoke paint, Metallic Ghost Silver. The 21-inch wheels have chrome centres and on top of the grille sit a hallmarked Spirit of Ecstasy. Inside, Rose Leaf or Crème Light leather is accompanied by seat piping and headrests embroidered with the Rolls-Royce interlinked RR badge. Straight grained Santos Palissander wood veneer is used throughout. The same veneer is also used on a specially designed presentation box that houses the key, two solid silver key fobs and a specially commissioned solid silver Conway Stewart fountain pen.
Rolls-Royce Chairman and Chief Executive, Ian Robertson, said, “The Silver Ghost is such a significant model in the history of Rolls-Royce that we felt marking its 100th anniversary was entirely fitting. Its extraordinary reliability, refinement, comfort and virtually silent running were as important to Rolls-Royce in 1907 as they are today.”
Phantom Silver Specification
•Bespoke Ghost Silver paintwork
•21-inch alloy wheels chrome centre caps
•Roseleaf or Crème Light leather interior trim
•Santos Palissander veneered wood
•Solid silver and enamel Conway Stewart pen
•Solid silver key fob
•Solid silver Spirit of Ecstasy
•Bespoke drinks holder
•Bespoke champagne flutes and tumblers detailed with silver
•White instrument dials
•Bespoke clock matched to instrument dials
•Phantom Silver treads plate
What perfect way to show your support of Rolls Royce, but with a personalised registration, such as ROI 5150. ROI registrations are an old Irish Registration that was issued in Belfast from Between March and June 1978.
Will you be the one of the lucky 25 owners of The Phantom Silver and would like personalised number plates?