Rolls-Royce sparks a bidding war at auction

SOLD The 1912 'Corgi' Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
SOLD The 1912 'Corgi' Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost
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A CLASSIC Rolls-Royce has sold at auction for almost £5m.

The 1912 ‘Corgi’ Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost was sold just down the road from the luxury car manufacturer’s Goodwood home, at a Bonhams auction on the Goodwood Estate.

The car was expected to fetch over £2m, but a bidding war drove the price up to £4.7m. It is known as a Corgi because it was copied for a range of toy cars in the 1960s.

James Knight, of Bonhams, said: ‘It was the longest car sale I have ever witnessed — pure theatre.’

In 1912 the car was delivered to John M. Stephens in South Croydon. Where others suffered an inglorious fate in the First World War, chassis number 1907 remained unharmed. The car, sold after the death of its American owner, was bought by an anonymous foreign buyer.