1907 Rolls Royce chassis 60553 when in the ownership of Millard Newman
Back in July, I wrote about two Rolls Royce Silver Ghost chassis imported in to the United States in 1907 by S.B. Stevens of Rome, NY. One of these cars (chassis 60553), the oldest Sliver Ghost in the United States, is shown here when owned by Millard Newman. This photo, undated, is another image from the John Webb De Campi archive. I was not ware of Mr. Newman's ownership of chassis 60553, but it should come as no surprise as he had arguably the finest collection of Rolls Royce motor cars in the US. We know the companion car (chassis 60565) was purchased from the Stevens family by James Melton. However, I don't know the ownership history of this car until it shows up in the hands of Mr. Newman (late 1970s or early 1980s?). I did find photos online of chassis 60553 (with this same body/paint in a state of dis-assembly - being repaired?). I believe Rick Carroll acquired the car from Mr. Newman and subsequently re-restored it. It's now in the collection of Robert Lee.