This splendid-looking Ghost hails from 1925 and, according to factory records, was delivered new with coachwork by Thrupp & Maberly to Captain George Clark of St Andrews, Scotland. Within four years it had passed to a Captain Richie who took it to Kenya where he served as a chief game warden until the end of WWII.
By 1947 the Rolls-Royce was in the care of a rancher, Captain Harries, in whose family it remained until 1968 before being sold to Kenyan rally driver J Jeeves. It was he who undertook a major restoration of the Ghost, which included having the engine overhauled by a Rolls-Royce specialist and commissioning a new body from skilled Nairobi-based coachbuilder Cassini & Tonolo. This was reputedly one of five Ghosts they rejuvenated using aluminium panelling over a metal frame in deference to the Kenyan climate. The handsome Dual Cowl design is in the style of Barker.
Migrating to Rhodesia in 1971 and then to South Africa some eight years later, the car was subsequently placed into storage. Recommissioned especially for the 1993 Commemorative Alpine Trial, it reportedly completed the event with aplomb and minimum use of engine oil. Finished in White over Black complemented by a Black interior it has very good bodywork, paintwork, interior trim, engine and gearbox.
The Dual Cowl Tourer's impressive specification includes: scuttle mounted side lamps, two-piece windscreen with side deflectors, a distinctive Auster-type rear screen, twin side-mounted spare wheels, Spirit of Ecstasy mascot and badge bar. The car comes with side screens twin tonneau covers & a full lenght roof all being in good order.
It has been serviced previously by marque specialist Alan Glew. More recently it went to Marque speicalist Lee Kenworthy & had £10,000 spen on it preparing it for the Via Hellenica rally covering over 1000 arduous miles through Greece. It performed faultlessly on the rally starting instantly each day & taking winding passes up to 6500 ft in its stride. Post Rally it went to the Priory Vintage Car Company for a tune up & is now running as well as ever.
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