Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost 1701 retraces 1911 London-Edinburgh Trial


Rolls-Royce went out to prove to everyone that history indeed repeats itself when the Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost 1701 successfully recreated the 911 London-Edinburgh Trial 110 years later.

The faithful re-enactment was completed last September 5. The Silver Ghost ran from the Pall Mall headquarters of the Royal Automobile Club and concluded with a grand reception at Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Edinburgh the following day.

Nine Rolls‑Royce Silver Ghosts — all of a similar age and in equally magnificent condition — accompanied the 1701 in its second capital-to-capital run.


“The Silver Ghost is arguably the most famous Rolls-Royce model of all time. It was through its success in the early trials of speed, reliability, and endurance that it earned Rolls-Royce its reputation as 'the best car in the world.' Winning the 1911 London-Edinburgh Trial was a landmark moment for Silver Ghost 1701: that the same car, now a priceless collector's item, can repeat the endeavor 110 years later is testament to its remarkable engineering, materials, and build quality. Our sincere congratulations to our friends at the 20‑Ghost Club on this fantastic achievement,” said Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Head of Corporate Relations Andrew Ball.

Rolls-Royce’s Silver Ghost won the original event which ran a total of 799 miles in a back-and-forth trip between two capitals. Given the state of Britain’s old roads, the Silver Ghost averaged a speed of 19.59mph.


“Silver Ghost 1701 has a unique and special place in the marque's history and affections. It's difficult to think of many machines that can still perform exactly as they did 110 years ago; this extraordinary car is a remarkable tribute to our predecessors who designed, engineered, and built it. We're proud to continue their work and uphold their values in today's Rolls-Royce motor cars — which are still the best in the world.” added Ball.

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