Your motto should always be: “Never say never and never say always” (M&BG 2001) There can be exceptions. It has been normal practice to retro-fit this year’s new feature to last year’s model or to the model of several years ago. It was not unusual in the ‘twenties and ‘thirties to avoid the expense of buying a new model by simply having a more up-to-date body built on one’s existing car.

This is not intended to be a definitive guide and not every model is covered.

The invaluable information and some photos gleaned from the following books is acknowledged: Johnnie Green “ Bentley - Fifty Years of the Marque” Dalton Watson 1969 Paul Woudenberg “Illustrated Rolls-Royce Bentley Buyer’s Guide” Motorbooks International 1984 James Taylor “Original Rolls-Royce & Bentley 1946-65” Bay View Books 1999 and various photographers, too numerous to mention!

Thanks also go to Jim Kelso, Kim Stapleton and Tony Ward for their advice. All remaining errors are those of the author Margaret Gillings © 2006



‘AX201’ is a 1907 40/50HP chassis no. 60551. Originally named “The Silver Ghost”, the name has come to be applied to all of them. 40/50HPs, known as Silver Ghosts, were made in Manchester & Derby UK from 1907 to 1925 and in the U.S.A. from 1921 to 1926 (see below.) The radiator really is a radiator, not just a grille. British built Ghosts had no shutters and seldom had a bumper bar. Some early lights were acetylene, later they were electric

Some cars make it easy!

The “Springfield” Silver Ghosts were made in Springfield Mass. USA from 1921 to 1926. They have shutters, usually horizontal, occasionally vertical and a typically American bumper bar, sometimes cylindrical, sometimes flat. Don’t confuse it with the 20HP (next page). Look for drum-shaped headlights

1924 Springfield Ghost S64LK. Pickwick R-R Custom Coachwork body with horizontal shutters.

1926 Springfield Ghost S348RL vertical shutters, typical