|1922 Silver Ghost (95BG) when owned by Tom Batchelor|
This photo shows a 1922 Rolls-Royce Springfield Silver Ghost (95BG), Pickwick Towncar (not to be confused with the Berwick Sedan – basically a Pickwick without a division window). I’m not sure of the date of this photo, but it states that this car was owned by Tom Batchelor. Mr. Batchelor is a noted Rolls-Royce restorer out of Reno, NV. Chassis 95BG would place the car in the second series of Springfield Ghosts (P series - ranging from chassis 36UG through 400KG).
|Silver Ghost (995BG) today (photo credit: carandclassic.co.uk)|
The Pickwick coachwork is one of the Rolls-Royce Custom Coach Works offerings. Rolls-Royce had purchased the former Waltham Ave factory of the Knox Automobile Co. and converted the entire facility over to the Rolls-Royce body production and finishing. According to caochbuilt.com, some bodies were constructed inside the Waltham Ave. plant, but most were supplied by a small group of regional production and semi-custom body builders. These bodies would be shipped to the Springfield factory in-the-white, which refers to bodies delivered minus trim, paint, varnish and hardware. Rolls-Royce of America employees would complete the vehicle – some of these of these guys had worked for Knox previously.
Chassis 95BG was bodied by The Willoughby Company of Utica N.Y. who specialized in chauffeur-driven town cars, landaulets and limousines of first-quality workmanship and conservative styling. Willoughby was a production body builder, known for series-built catalog customs for the major automobile manufacturers such as Lincoln and Rolls-Royce (they built 370 coupe, limousine and town car bodies for the Springfield Ghost).
The car currently resides in the UK and is listed for sale with an asking price of £109,000.