1925 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Tourer
Rolls-Royce 1925 Silver Ghost Pall Mall Tourer
7,428 CC Inline L-Head 6-Cylinder Engine
Single Updraft Carburetor
4-Speed Manual Gearbox
2-Wheel Mechanical Drum Brakes
Live3-Axle Front Suspension with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs
Live Rear Axle with Cantilever Leaf Springs
Records supplied by the Rolls-Royce Owners' Club confirm that S88LK was first delivered on May 12, 1925, to John R. Thompson, Sr. of Lake Forest, Illinois. Purchased through B.E. Adams, this Silver Ghost was specified as a Pall Mall Tourer, one of the most desirable open body styles offered by Rolls-Royce Custom Coachworks. RROC records show the car was owned by W.L. McCutchen of Virginia from 1951 until the mid-1960s when S88LK joined the Pettit Collection and was displayed for a number of years at the Motoring Memories Museum. In 1974, Mr. Pettit commissioned John Griffin of Montgomery, Alabama, to perform a complete restoration of the Rolls-Royce. Over the next two years, S88LK was restored to a very high standard in order to be competitive at judged events. The Rolls-Royce was sound to begin with, making the restoration process straight- forward. In fact, the bodywork was in such good condition that only a section of the original wood- frame inner structure, rear of the passenger doors, required replacement. After much debate, Mr. Pettit decided to finish the car in its current livery of Ivory with black trim, a handsome choice for the stately lines of the Pall Mall coachwork.
Chassis S88LK made its post-restoration debut at the 1976 RROC National Meet in Williamsburg, Virginia. A proud testament to the quality of Mr. Griffin's restoration efforts, the Pall Mall earned Best of Show honors as well as an award for the Most Silent Silver Ghost. Between 1978 and 1980, the Pall Mall earned a streak of AACA and CCCA First Prize awards at major events such as the National Fall Meet in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Having been regularly maintained, S88LK presents exceptionally well considering that it was restored 35 years ago.
With this car comes is a historical file that contains extensive restoration records (receipts, material samples, drawings, etc.); AACA, RROC and CCCA documents; and correspondence between Mr. Pettit and classic car specialists, such as John Griffin, Bill Hirsch, E. Hugh Mearns and Frank Cooke. Not only do these documents offer a fascinating insight into the restoration of S88LK, they clearly illustrate Mr. Pettit's remarkable passion for and appreciation of fine automobiles. Eligible for countless events, historically significant and finely built, this magnificent Rolls-Royce is among the most versatile and rewarding of all pre-war automobiles. Having benefitted from decades of appreciative ownership, this elegant Silver Ghost is sure to reward its new owner with tremendous pride of ownership and many enjoyable years of vintage motoring.