Rolls-Royce’s Affection for Silver

It doesn’t take someone being an automobile enthusiast to recognize the Rolls-Royce namesake. Rolls-Royce has a storied history and has been producing automobiles since the start of the 20th century and for much of the company’s history Rolls-Royce has been considered the most prestigious automaker in the world.

Rolls-Royce’s first model to bear the “Silver” tag was the Silver Ghost, a car originally named the “40/50 h.p.” Though hardly any of the automobile contained actual silver, the fittings being silver-plated, it was given this name by myriad reporters who fell in love with its wonderful design. Rolls-Royce didn’t officially recognize this name until 1925, following the launch of the Phantom line. The Silver Ghost is the direct origin of Rolls-Royce’s claim of manufacturing the “Best car in the world” — a declaration made not by themselves, but by the prestigious automobile publication Autocar in 1907.

Rolls-Royce’s second model to bear the silver name was the Silver Wraith, produced just after World War II. The image below is of a 1948 Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith convertible.

With only 760 being produced between the years of 1949 and 1955, the Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn was an exceptional car, originally intended to only be an export model.

The Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud was the core model of the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars range from April 1955 until March 1966.

Following the Cloud is the Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow. Around this time is when Rolls-Royce began to change, buckling from industry criticism that they were falling behind the times and failing to advance with the rest of the industry. The Silver Shadow was the most highly model ever produced by Rolls-Royce, with a total of more than 38,000 cars built.

The Silver Spirit was next in the line of Rolls-Royce cars bearing the silver name. There were several releases of this car, the Mark I, II, III and IV. This model was also referred to as the Silver Spur.

Lastly comes the Silver Seraph, a Rolls-Royce model for the ages which ended production in 2002. “All Seraphs were hand-built at the Rolls-Royce factory in Crewe, England, which stopped making Rolls-Royce models in 2002 but continued with Bentley. The car had a base price of £155,175 in the UK and $220,695 in the US. It was second in cost and exclusivity only to the Rolls-Royce Corniche.”

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