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1923 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost Piccadilly Roadster

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1923 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Piccadilly Roadster
Bodywork by Merrimac
This example was delivered to its first owner, B.M. Taylor of Boston, on 17 January 1924. Subsequent owners were Mrs. Louisa F. Connelly, Peter Knoefel, and a Mrs. Wagner.
One hundred and five examples were produced with the Piccadilly Roadster coachwork for the Silver Ghost; most were re-bodying of older rolling chassis, making “original coachwork” Piccadillys rare and highly desirable today. Distinguished by their British geographic names, the roadster was dubbed the Piccadilly after the London traffic circle that surrounds the statue of Eros.
The color scheme of this car - maroon body, black fenders and trim, and black top and seats - was a very popular color scheme. This Piccadilly was built by the Massachusetts bodymaker Merrimac, who built most of the roadster and tourer “Springfield Ghost” open bodies.
Rolls-Royce had its own coachworks on Waltham Avenue in Springfield, Massachusetts, but most of the bodies were subcontracted to other coachmakers who delivered the bodies to Waltham Avenue ‘in the white’ - meaning that they were primed but unpainted, and without interior or the top canvas. Waltham Avenue would finish them to suit the customer’s order.
1923 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Piccadilly Roadster
Bodywork by Merrimac
1923 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Piccadilly Roadster
Bodywork by Merrimac
1923 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Piccadilly Roadster
Bodywork by Merrimac
1923 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Piccadilly Roadster
Bodywork by Merrimac
In 1939 the Rolls was purchased by Boris Lakusta, of San Rafael, who would drive it in the California desert for over 30 years.
1923 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Piccadilly Roadster
Bodywork by Merrimac
Mr. Dobson later sold the car to dedicated Rolls-Royce collector, Pebble Beach judge, Dr. James Stickley, in 1989.
It was then acquired by longtime Pebble Beach Concours co-chairman Lorin Tryon, who in 1983 sold it to Bill Dobson.
1923 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Piccadilly Roadster
Bodywork by Merrimac
1923 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Piccadilly Roadster
Bodywork by Merrimac
1923 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Piccadilly Roadster
Bodywork by Merrimac
Well-known craftsmen Abe Guise, Rick Hamlin, and the late Mike Standifer completed a full restoration of the car. The car remained largely original and intact, aside from smaller wheels
Fresh out of its restoration, it was exhibited at the 2003 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, winning 3rd in Class.
and a cut-down windshield, both of which were reversed to the original specifications.
1923 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Piccadilly Roadster
Bodywork by Merrimac
1923 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Piccadilly Roadster
Bodywork by Merrimac
A Little History
1923 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Piccadilly Roadster
Drivetrain

Engine: Straight 6
Displacement: 7.0L
Horsepower: 80 bhp at 2,250 RPM
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Well-known craftsmen Abe Guise, Rick Hamlin, and the late Mike Standifer completed a full restoration of the car. The car remained largely original and intact, aside from smaller wheels and a cut-down windshield, both of which were reversed to the original specifications. Fresh out of its restoration, it was exhibited at the 2003 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, winning 3rd in Class.

Retains its original Chassis No. 367XH, Engine No. 21-192, and Body No. M585.
This car retains its original Chassis No. 367XH, Engine No. 21-192, and Body No. M585.
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