Custom 1920s Rolls-Royce Pickup Truck

Posted on 16. Apr, 2012 by in Auto News

Story and photos by Myles Kornblatt supplies

The latest Bentley EXP 9 F design and Rolls-Royce Pick-up rendering have adjusted our ideas run wild with rugged vehicles from the British aristocracy. Might look like fans of John D. MacDonald Travis McGee literary character for decades, asked what a real Miss Agnes – McGee Rolls-Royce Pick-up. But for all these concepts, drawings and imaginative exercises that never made it, it's at least one that made it into reality.

While it looks like the idea of something eccentric Texas oilman, this 1920 Silver Ghost has a legitimate worker's past. It is a one-of-one service vehicle so constructed that Rolls-Royce would never be seen to be supported by a smaller car.

Brewster & Co. in Long Iceland City, New York, was one of the custom coachbuilder Rolls-Royce. Because it built the bodies for Rolls, it was also responsible for the delivery of calls completed vehicles. The client did not want to occupy his time with long service Rolls-Royce's plans. Instead Brewster created a close relationship with the store across the street called Vancura Machine Co. (Brewster chief mechanic had the surname Vancura.) Instead of bringing cars in for repair would Vancura make home visits.

With a specialist on your doorstep exactly the kind of service many would expect from a company like Rolls-Royce, but unfortunately found many customers the look of a regular work truck unseemly beside her most prized possession. In the 1920s, the cost of a Silver Ghost, the equivalent of $ 195,000. While a bargain compared to today's typical price is $ 250,000, this car still commands a certain social stature. Owners do not like an old Ford wrecker parked next to their disabled Rolls or worse, watching the neighbors, how their car was pulled from a greasy truck.

Brewster had an idea for an elegant solution: a Rolls-Royce service vehicle.

In 1919, Mrs. Guggenheim ordered (yes, probably part of the famous mining family) was made a Silver Ghost, but by the time frame in 1920 37WL finished, she had lost interest. This was typical of Rolls-Royce. Customers in England were to wait months for a quality product, but Americans often impatient with the automaker. Because chassis 37WL wanted unused, Brewster created a customized car to make the Vancura always glad to welcome Country Club.

The service vehicle has been designed to look like many of the other standards bodies that look Brewster built for Rolls-Royce. From the cabin area before, it might be easy for a different era of the scooter to be confused. The rear of the lower half wore the same profile as the cars. There was even brass railings along the mattress help to draw a similarity to the upper crust of cars.

The rear is where the service vehicle is very different from customer cars. The toolboxes are hidden in oak casing along the bed. Most importantly, there is an I-beam above the bumper for towing. Although there is no separate bed and cab, the vehicle bed fits the description of a truck by today's standards. Think of it as a wealthy English of El Camino uncle.

This vehicle is for the exclusive Rolls-Royce service, so there was a specially made tow bar, which would connect the front suspension of a Silver Ghost. Now, instead of one large domestic wrecker towing a Rolls off for repair, this could connect service vehicle to another Silver Ghost. The towing experience was more dignity because most casual appearances, it's like two Rolls-Royce looked closely consecutive.

The amendments are necessary to a city car into a car hauler in turn were minimal. It had. Already some of the correct tow credentials because the Silver Ghost was a body-on-frame construction like any other consumer vehicles of the time The gear retained its original teeth. The only concession the service vehicle does have is, brakes on all four wheels. Braking performance was important, since the Silver Ghost chassis weighs almost 3,000 pounds, but some of the extravagant structures could weigh as much as 5,000 kilograms.

One of the key features is a truck tractor, so it's only natural to wonder how much power sits at the flying lady. Unfortunately it is a little hard figure. The 7.5-liter straight six-cylinder engine was a 40/50 refers, as they do in the UK tax structure for vehicles can accommodate between 40 and 50 hp, but that's not the real story.

Current owners Bill Kennedy knows Silver Ghosts. He has. Currently six of them, he is the technical representation of the Silver Ghost Association Board of Directors and has an extensive collection of articles detailed repair and maintenance of these machines

Kennedy extensive bench testing and research, the mechanical power to the wheels closer to 70 hp. While Rolls-Royce was not talking about one torque values, it does not take much imagination to figure out that it took a lot to move up to 2.5 tonnes worth of car with ease.

Kennedy is the proper custodian of this piece of history. Just like the people who drove this service vehicle in the Rolls-Royce were Vancura day service experts, Kennedy is the one who maintains his Silver Ghost Fleet. He did not have the urge to use it to tow a Ghosts nor any of its other, but we have a feeling that photo will end up in our email inbox one day soon.