An original Silver Dawn, one of the oldest Rolls-Royce Silver Ghosts in the world, has just returned to Goodwood, West Essex, after completing a remarkable journey of 1,800 miles on the 2013 Centenary Alpine Trial. The significance of this effort is not only due to the car’s age, but the fact after all this years, and using original parts, it can still manage to do that.
A hundred years ago a team of four Rolls-Royce Silver Ghosts took on the same 1,800 mile challenge across the infamous Stelvio and Loibl passes in treacherous and demanding conditions and conquered it, establishing Rolls-Royce as the maker of the ‘Best Car in the World’. Now in 2013 one of those cars does it again, and without so much as breaking a sweat, cementing that position and keeping the tradition alive.
The 1908 Silver Dawn wears its original registration number and features original parts including chassis, engine, gearbox and front and rear axles. That makes its Alpine Trial achievement all the more significant. The body and interior have been restored by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars’ authorised dealer, P&A Wood.
The car is currently on display in the foyer of the company’s Head Office at Goodwood.