Rolls-Royce Alpine Eagle - Alice Springs, NT, Australia
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member denben
S 23° 48.081 E 133° 54.192
53K E 388268 N 7367334
This 1920 Rolls-Royce Alpine Eagle Silver-Ghost is on display at the Alice Springs Airport.
Waymark Code: WMN60N
Location: Northern Territory, Australia
Date Posted: 01/01/2015
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote
Views: 5

This 1920 Silver-Ghost Rolls Royce was owned by the local airline (Connellan Airways). It was converted to a Ute and was used to drag logs behind it in order to smooth the ground for a runway.

From Wikipedia

"In 1907 Claude Johnson, Commercial and Managing Director of Rolls-Royce, ordered a car to be used as a demonstrator by the company. With chassis no. 60551 and registered AX 201, it was the 12th 40/50 hp to be made, and was painted in aluminium paint with silver-plated fittings. The car was named the "Silver Ghost" to emphasise its ghost-like quietness, and a plaque bearing this name adorned the bulkhead. An open-top Roi-des-Belges body by coachbuilder Barker was fitted, and the car readied for the Scottish reliability trials of 1907 and, immediately afterwards, another 15,000-mile (24,000 km) test which included driving between London and Glasgow 27 times.

The aim was to raise public awareness of the new company and to show the reliability and quietness of their new car. This was a risky idea: cars of this time were notoriously unreliable, and roads of the day could be horrendous. Nevertheless, the car set off on trials, and with press aboard, broke record upon record. Even after 7,000 miles (11,000 km), the cost to service the car was a negligible £2 2s 7d (£2.13). The reputation of the 40/50, and Rolls-Royce, was established.

AX201 was sold in 1908 to a private customer, who used it for his annual vacation to Italy, and recovered by the company in 1948. Since then, it has been used as a publicity car and travelled worldwide. In 1989, the car was restored by SC Gordon Coachbuilders Luton, and P&A Wood, London, UK. It is now owned by Bentley Motors.

In 1984, the car was photographed in great detail whilst in storage in Luton by precision model makers Franklin Mint. This die-cast model went on to become one of their best-selling products.

The Silver Ghost is considered the most valuable car in the world; in 2005 its insured value was placed at US$35 million." (visit link)
Car make/model: Rolls-Royce Alpine Eagle Silver-Ghost

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