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1910 Rolls-Royce formerly owned by the Duke of Windsor

1910 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost This historic shooting brake was built for the Duke of Windsor when he was Prince of Wales. The body was built by Barker of London.

Postcard from Antique Auto Museum, Niagra Falls, Canada

1910 Rolls-Royce Shooting Brake

1910 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost - Chassis # 1246, formerly owned by the Duke of Bruccleugh?.  This early shooting brake was offered for auction by Christies at Pebble Beach.

Photo courtesy Dorotheum Editions

1913 Napier

This stylish 1913 Napier 16hp shooting brake bears a close similarity to the 1903 Daimler wagonette.

Source: Vintage Cars 1886-1930, a book by G.N. Georgano

Rols-Royce skiff

An early Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost torpedo skiff.

Source: DITTO's Rolls-Royce Pages
and Rolls-Royce/The Complete Works,
a book by Mike Fox and Steve Smith

Le Skiff
Le Skiff interiorLe Skiff - detail

Le Skiff - a 1914 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost recreated as the doppelganger of one of the earliest and most significant Labourdette skiffs. Its chassis was rescued from a bog in England in the 60s. Every piece of valuable brass or other parts had been stripped. A line across the engine block indicated the water level. And yet this car runs today. Its owner decided to recreate Labourdette body # 3577 of Honduran mahogany, using old photos as a template. The car has no doors, and the wood planks run in continuous strips from the cowl to the rear centerline. Two little iron steps on each side assist one in climbing aboard. The car won 'Most Elegant Open Car' at Pebble Beach in 2000 and is on display during the summer of 2002 at the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles, California.

Sources: Le Skiff and OmegaMotors.com

Rolls-Royce 40/50 hp Ambulance

World War I era Rolls-Royce ambulance - This 40/50 hp chassis was fitted with an ambulance body built by Rippon Bros in England. The comfort of ride with a very able turn of speed would have made this ideal for the purpose.

Photo and caption: 'Rolls-Royce and Bentley', a book by Malcom Bobbitt

Reconstructed war surplus Crossley 25/30 hp

Crossley's involvement in the commecial vehicles really starts in 1919 when the government started to release a large number of new and used war surplus 25/30hp chassis many of which were converted by third parties to small lorries. Crossley obviously noticed this hole in the market and bought back a number of chassis themselves for overhaul and sale with or without RAF type bodies. These were advertised through to 1921 and may have been available much later.

Illustration and caption © Malcolm Asquith 2001 Crossley-Motors.Org.UK

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