Sunday, February 15, 2015
1919 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
The 1919 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost was represented in the automotive press as the "greatest car in the world". Rolls didn't coin the term but they didn't exactly deny it either. Very early on Rolls-Royce tried to represent the automotive ideal of swift, silent luxury, while incorporating superior technology. (Hence the term "it moves as silent as a silver ghost", yet another term invented by the press.) Much of this silent operation must be attributed to twin spark ignition and a massive center main bearing that removed most engine vibration. Electric lighting and electric starting was new for 1919.