1921 Rolls-Royce Silver Gost 7 Passenger Tourer
Rolls-Royce 1921 Silver Ghost Oxford Seven Passenger Tourer
CHASSIS NO: 95MG
1921 Silver Ghost 40/50hp Oxford Tourer is a very early example of the Springfield-built Rolls-Royces. Its coachwork is known as the Oxford seven-passenger tourer, a catalog Rolls-Royce design built by its own Rolls-Royce Custom Coach Works. It is right hand drive with a 4-speed transmission in common with other early Springfield Rolls-Royces, had dual sidemounted spares, a covered luggage trunk, drum headlights, matching drum cowl lights and blackwall tires on body color centerlock wheel rims and hubs with stainless steel spokes.
This exceptional Silver Ghost was the Thompson Automobile Company Trails car before it was delivered to J.G. McHenry, a Detroit attorney. Mr. McHenry sold the car to John S. Riggs of New York who in turn sold the car in 1948 to Barney Pollard. There are letters in the file from Mr. Riggs offering to have his chauffeur drive the car from New York to Mr. Pollard in Michigan. Barney Pollard was a well respected and diverse Midwestern collector of fine Rolls-Royce automobiles and at one time, his collection numbered near 1,200 cars. A section of his workshop remains dedicated to the care, maintenance, and restoration of numerous examples of the marque. Work performed under his care included the fitting of new stainless steel spokes on all the wheels as well as regular comprehensive maintenance to assure its continued silent and smooth running. It remained in the Barney Pollard Collection until its purchase by Robert B. Merrifield.
This early production Springfield Oxford tourer represents, one of, if not the most driver-friendly and easily maintained examples of any automobile built prior to the 1930's. This four owner car from new combines the desirability of a documented low-mile example with an original chassis, motor and body. It has recently undergone a complete repaint including the wheels as well as an engine and chassis detail. Carefully maintained and exercised on short trips and at regional events, it presents unmatched motoring pleasure and cannot disappoint.