|1920 Rolls-Royce Ghost Pall mall Touring (106FW) when owned by Charlie Hoyt|
The car was first ordered for M.M. Cunniff, but it appears he never took possession and the car was ultimately delivered in April of 1921 to Sam Hodgson of Concord, NH with a 7 passenger Brooks-Ostruk body. By 1927, the car had been re-bodied (with this handsome RRCCW Pall Mall Touring), most likely upon Hodgson trading in the car. Charlie Hoyt purchased the car soon after it's restoration in 1950. The car had been properly refinished inside and out, including rebuilding of the motor and re-nickeling the bright work.
Charlie and Gladys lived within a short bike ride of my Dad and he would often go over and ride in this car. Dad was sorry to see Charlie sell the Ghost. In 1956, Hoyt advertised the car for sale in "The Flying Lady" (the Rolls-Royce Owner's Club publication). Listed in issue 56-1 for $4500.00, Hoyt would drop his price in the next issue to $4450.00. In the ad he noted that he would consider a trade for an early brass car or a Bentley. When Dad first meet Charlie he drove a 1948 Cadillac (daily driver) and would soon trade for a 1948 Bentley Mark IV. Hoyt would go on to own a Bentley Mark VI and Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn.
The car was lost to us until it appeared recently listed for sale by Charles S. Crail - a well known dealer of vintage Rolls-Royces. Still wearing the 1950 restoration, it now has a wonderful patina. If only there was another spot in the garage.
|1920 Rolls-Royce (106FW) now owned by Charles Crail (photo credit: Charles S. Crail)|