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  Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Shapiro-Schebera Skiff
 

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Country of origin:Great Britain
Produced in:1914
Numbers built:6173 (1907 - 1925 all versions)
Author:Wouter Melissen
Last updated:October 08, 2009
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Chassis: 54PB
This Silver Ghost with chassis 54PB was completed in April of 1914 for a Belgian customer. The bare chassis was shipped to Brussels and it most likely stayed that way until after the Great War. By 1919 the car was clothed by Carrosserie Schebera in Berlin with a striking Skiff body. It was once described as the most unusual body ever fitted on a car by Schebera. The Shapiro on the coach-builders plate was in reference to a wealthy businessman, by the name Jacob Shapiro, who was managing director of the company founded by Ernst Schebera in 1911.

In 1926 the one-off Skiff appeared in Egypt where it remained until it was repatriated to London in 1956. In 1985 the Silver Ghost joint the vast Barrymore collection. RM Restorations touched up the car in 2004 but it remains in mostly original condition, including most of the bright-work. A year later the car was entered at Pebble Beach in the special Skiff class. Since then it has appeared at various events throughout the United States and is also featured in Phil May's seminal work Twenty Silver Ghosts; The Incomparable Pre-WW I Rolls Royce.

For the first time in many years the Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Shapiro-Schebera Skiff will be offered on October 28 in the RM Auctions Automobiles of London sale. Considering its unique body and highly original condition, it is no surprise that it is estimated to sell for £450,000-£600,000.


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