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Published 16 August 2011
No sooner has Bonhams confirmed the sale of some very significant Jaguars at its Goodwood Revival (16-18 September) Collectors Motor Cars and Automobilia auction on Friday 16 September, than it quickly follows up with interesting news of two more highly interesting cars in the shape of a pair of finely-restored Rolls-Royce Silver Ghosts.
The first Silver Ghost is a magnificent Maharajah's Ceremonial Car from 1911. Of all the buyers of the model, the Indian princes were among the most numerous in their acquisitions of Silver Ghosts. They prized the quality of the Rolls-Royce and its ability to withstand the difficult road conditions in their country. This car was delivered new to the Maharajah of Mysore and is estimated to fetch £300,000-400,000.
The second is a 1908 example, making it one of only a four surviving examples from that year's production. This car wears imposing open touring coachwork with three rows of seats, built by noted French coachbuilder Labourdette. It was used by the Works at Brooklands as a test vehicle in advance of the International Touring Car Trial and has a pre-sale estimate of £325,000-425,000.
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