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Little Classics News: 22 June 2015

Rolls-Royce Shooting Brake Steals Show at Burghley House

1923 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost shooting brake

A classic 1923 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost carrying ingenious painted ‘wood-effect’ shooting brake coachwork from a car once owned by the future Edward VIII – one of the earliest ‘woodies’ – burst through its £120,000 upper estimate to sell for £161,280 at H&H Classics’ 20 June auction held in conjunction with the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club Annual Concours & Rally at Burghley House, Lincolnshire.

1923 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost shooting brake rear

The lady vendor had driven the 92-year-old car to the event, no doubt relying on Rolls’ reputation in the day for making the ‘best car in the world’ – although it’s no stranger to adventure, having enjoyed many Ghost Club tours through Europe, South Africa and Australasia. In recent weeks the car has been the subject of much Fleet Street speculation that the then Prince of Wales employed it to smuggle Mrs Simpson out of Balmoral, making effective use of the black, `pull down' silk blinds.

1931 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Sports Saloon

Other significant sales included the ex-Marquis de Portago 1931 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Sports Saloon (above) achieving £95,200, £154,560 for the rare 1964 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III 'Flying Spur' (below) and a canny buyer paying £47,250 for the 1969 Bentley T-Series Mulliner Park Ward (‘MPW’) Drophead, the perfect car for a picnic with friends at next year’s RREC Rally.

1964 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III 'Flying Spur'

H&H Classics’ next sale will be held at the Chateau Impney Hill Climb on 11 July 2015.

Visit: www.classic-auctions.com



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