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Rolls-Royce 40/50 Alpine Eagle

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One of the most desirable Rolls-Royces, the Alpine Eagle was essentially a sporting version of the Silver Ghost. This 1914 car was re-bodied in 1950 and has been fitted with an electric starter motor. In more recent times it has been used in several major events including the 1988 Australian Bi-Centennial Rally in which it was driven from Perth to Canberra by Edward, 3rd Baron Montagu and Prince Michael of Kent.



Rolls-Royce entered a team of three Silver Ghosts in the 1913 Austrian Alpine Trials. They met with great success, finishing 1st and 3rd. As a result of this, a new sporting version of the Silver Ghost was developed, with increased ground clearance, larger radiator and a four-speed gearbox instead of the previous three. This was marketed as the Continental model but was popularly known as the ‘Alpine Eagle’.

Year1914
CountryBritish
Capacity7,428cc
Cylinders6
Performance82mph
Price new£985 (chassis only)
ManufacturerRolls-Royce Ltd
OwnerNational Motor Museum Trust

 

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