H&H Auctions successfully sell a 1923 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Shooting Brake with an interesting Royal connection
A 1923 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Shooting Brake exceeded all expectations when it sold for £161,280 at H&H auctions on 20 June. The car is fitted with unique Shooting Brake coachwork that HRH the Prince of Wales had Barker refinish to his own design in 1923, by adding a bespoke walnut effect finish to its aluminium panels.
The car itself thought to have been used by King Edward VIII to sneak Wallis Simpson in and out of Balmoral. The King caused a worldwide scandal by abdicating the throne in order to be with the American divorcee. It’s though that this car was customised with black silk blinds in the back, so that they could travel together without being spotted.
Unfortunately, there are no documents to back up this story, as was simply passed down from owner to owner.
Edward bought the car in 1922 while he was still just the Prince of Wales and kept it up until 1940. In 1962 it was bought for £3200, it then passed through several hands before being bought in 1994 by the previous owner. It was partially restored some time ago, and actually driven to the event, the Rolls-Royce smashed through its £120,000 upper estimate, to sell for a massive £161,280.
Alongside this rare car in the auction were several other strong sellers, such as the 1964 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III Flying Spur (£154,560) or the ex-Marquis de Portago 1931 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Sports Saloon (£47,250). Even the Austin Pathfinder pedal car sold for a respectable £4928, which was about 25 per cent more than estimate.
In total over 70 per cent of cars in this auction sold, generating a combined total of about £150,000. H&H’s next auction will be taking place on 11 July 2015 at the Chateau Impney Hill Climb.