Mrs. Carnell's 1926 Rolls-Royce Sliver Ghost Arundel Limonsine

1926 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Arundel Limousine (S333RL)

Another picture from the stack of Rolls-Royce images shows this 1926 Springfield Silver Ghost (S333RL) with a RRCCW Arundel Limousine body. Rolls-Royce Custom Coach Works (RRCCW) Arundel Limousine was a body not often selected - in fact, only one Springfield Ghost chassis is said to have been bodied with the Arundel Limousine. You guessed it - chassis S333RL (additionally, 30 Springfield Phantom I's are shown as have been bodied with the Arundel). This car is a late Springfield ghost (one of the last 70 ghosts manufactured in Springfield) and it's unclear to me who supplied this body style to Roll-Royce. However, Rolls-Royce of America had purchased Brwester and Co. in January of 1926 and I'd have to guess this is a Brewster built body.

This car was originally ordered by Mrs. Carnell of Dayton, OH (Mrs. Julia Shaw Patterson Carnell) - by 1923, Rolls-Royce had opened seven factory showrooms across the United States including Cleveland, OH and I assume the car was ordered through the dealer in Cleveland. Mrs. Carnell was a wealthy socialite and philanthropist who married into the prominent Patterson family of Dayton. The Pattersons were one of the pinoneering families of Dayton and Mrs. Carnell's first husband was Frank Patterson. Frank and his brother John founded the national Cash Register company (NCR) in Dayton, OH. When Frank died in 1901, Julia inherited a sizable fortune and some time later married Harry Carnell - NCR's comptroller at the time. In 1926 she received her new Rolls-Royce and in 1928 drove it to the dedication of the new Dayton Art Institute. According to the Dayton Art Institute website, when The Dayton Art Institute outgrew its original home, a mansion located on Monument Avenue in downtown Dayton. Mrs. Julia Shaw Carnell, a prominent community leader, pledged to construct a new museum if the community would then endow and pay for its operations. Mrs. Carnell’s generosity of nearly $2 million created the landmark building that still houses the museum.. She is said to have also given most of the original art works.

After Mrs Carnell's ownership, the car next shows up in the RROC's Flying Lady (1962-3) owned by Paul Cox. Later, in 1984, the car is listed for sale in the Flying Lady (1984-2) by John Pierson - he asks $39,000. I believe Robert Mace purchased the car then and it appears that the family still owns the car today.

Mr. Orville Wright & Mrs. Julia Carnell (photo credit: Wright State University Library)



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