It is a rare sight these days to encounter 100-year-old cars rolling on the streets. But at the 2013 Centenary Alpine Trial, a Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost built in 1908 successfully completed 1800 miles.
Dubbed the Silver Dawn, the car was able to conquer challenging conditions all around Europe, including the infamous Stelvio and Loibl passes. The Silver Dawn accomplished the feat while having its original chassis, engine, gearbox, and axles. All major components date back to 1908 even the original cast iron pistons. P&A Wood restored the century-old Rolls-Royce into excellent condition.
The event commemorated a significant milestone in Rolls-Royce history. During the Austrian Alpine Trials a century ago, four Rolls-Royce Silver Ghosts endured 1800 miles of near impassable mountain terrain without fault. The Rolls-Royce Works Team and privateer entrant James Radley contributed to the establishment of the brand’s reputation for peerless reliability and mechanical excellence. This has established the company as the maker of the “Best Car in the World.”
Now, the Home of Rolls-Royce Motor cars welcomes the Silver Dawn. After the exhaustive run at the 2013 Centenary Alpine Trial, this classic is currently on displayer in the foyer of the company’s Head Office at Goodwood, West Sussex.