Sale by International Tender
Tender closes 31 March 2020
Coachwork for Edwardian Rolls-Royce
The Sir Henry Royce Foundation is a registered Australian charitable foundation whose primary objective is to preserve and promulgate the engineering ethos of Sir Henry Royce and his successors. The Trustees of The Foundation have decided to sell, by international tender, a coach-built body made especially for an Edwardian Rolls-Royce.
1911 Silver Ghost (Chassis No. 1524), purchased by Charles H Angas a noted South Australian businessman and the owner of two 1909 Silver Ghosts, was originally fitted with a Hooper & Co limousine body. This body was subsequently removed and replaced with distinctive Brougham coachwork by Grosvenor. Angas adopted the English custom of naming his cars – 1524 was named “The Dreamer”. (Refer to photograph on page 158, “Silver Ghosts of Australia and New Zealand”, by Ian Irwin.) The Grosvenor body was destroyed in 1524’s subsequent use as a taxi and a farm utility.
The late Charles F Wright AM (a well-known South Australian Rolls-Royce enthusiast) acquired 1524 in 1963. Wright embarked on a 25-year personal “labour of love” to construct a stunning replica of the original Brougham coachwork. (Refer to Plate XIII, “The Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost – Origins and Development 1906-1926”, by David William Forward.) A subsequent owner removed “The Dreamer” replica coachwork and donated it to The Foundation.
The coachwork is substantial, boasting a capacious passenger compartment fitted with many accouterments such as a polished wood cabinet, cast fittings and plush upholstery. Interestingly, the aluminium skin is unpainted and the extensive internal and external bright work is gold-plated. The body has been carefully preserved on removal from the chassis and a mock-up radiator has been added to make it an exhibition piece. The coachwork is in good condition inside and out, having seen little use prior to its conversion to a museum exhibit. “The Dreamer” is ready for installation on a suitable Edwardian chassis. Pictures are shown below.
The Trustees of The Foundation seek written tenders for the purchase of this one-off coachwork. The Trustees preference is that “The Dreamer” is returned to service on a Rolls-Royce chassis. The Trustees reserve the right to refuse all offers if the purchase price fails to meet a sensible reserve. Tenders close 31 March 2020. Tenders should be mailed to: PO Box 140, South Yarra, Victoria 3141, Australia. The sale is on the basis of “as is, where is”. “The Dreamer” can be inspected, by prior appointment, at The Foundation’s Melbourne (Australia) Head Office.
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