2011 ROLLS-ROYCE Ghost

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2011 ROLLS-ROYCE Ghost

Background

The world was watching very closely when the Rolls-Royce Phantom VII emerged blinking into the light in 2003.

This was the first Rolls from BMW and, it turned out, it would be the model that effectively rescued the marque and would give its Teutonic rival, Maybach, a figurative but nonetheless lively slap across the cheek with a pair of bespoke, English duelling gloves.

Introduced in 2009, the Rolls-Royce Ghost was intended to do battle with cars such as the Bentley Flying Spur and V12 variants from Mercedes Benz. As such, it was pitched at a level below the Phantom (although there’s pretty much no level above the Phantom).

However….

"With the Ghost, Rolls-Royce has followed Bentley's lead and not been shy about making its 'entry-level' car substantially more powerful and therefore quicker than the flagship model above it." – Autocar.

Its name evoking that of the Edwardian-era Silver Ghost, the Rolls-Royce Ghost was conceived as a smaller and more ‘affordable’ alternative to the range-topping Phantom, whose practical and aesthetically pleasing rear-hinged back doors it inherited.

The prototype, coded '200EX', first appeared in 2009 at the Geneva Motor Show, with the almost unaltered production model making its debut later that year at Frankfurt.

The Ghost was powered by a 6.6-litre twin-turbocharged V12 engine, which delivered its 562bhp via a ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox and, despite the car’s not inconsiderable weight (5,490lb), could propel it to 60mph (97km/h) in a frankly ridiculous 4.7 seconds.

It could be ordered in practically any colour and finish and tailored to suit tastes ranging from discreet and stylish to obscene and inexcusable.


The Vehicle

This motor car is being sold as part of an overseas collection. It has been imported from the Middle East under the Bonhams temporary admission customs bond. Car older than 30 years are subject to the lower rate 5% import tax if the car is to remain in the UK & purchased by a private individual. The 5% is calculated on the final selling price. Cars less than 30 years old will pay 10% duty + VAT as well as 20% import VAT on the hammer.

A company buying the car will have to pay VAT on the hammer price, as well as duty + VAT. If you plan to export the car to your location, then you will only pay tax in that country, and can ignore these fees.

The winning bidder will receive a receipt for the final hammer value, and proof that HMRC fees are paid. If the car is subsequently exported abroad within 30 days then these fees are refundable.

Lastly, there will be a nominal administration fee of £350 for removing the car from bond and generating a NOVA from HMRC, and payable direct to the shipping company. A completed and processed NOVA will provide you formal proof that all duties & taxes are paid in UK and is required to register the vehicle with the DVLA.

In common with the majority of cars in this collection, this vehicle has been on static display for a number of years and there is no history available beyond that displayed in our photography section.

We have started the car, and driven it a very short distance, but it will require fully recommissioning and is sold ‘as seen’. We cannot vouch for its mechanical viability or functionality.

It is available for view and inspection at our HQ near Abingdon and we will be pleased to show the car to you and/or your appointed engineer.


This Ghost has covered just over 142 kms since it was bought new from Rolls-Royce in 2011.

The VIN is: SCA664S07BUX36238.

The engine number is: 90264966.

We can report that the car does start and run. We have only driven it a short distance because its years on static display require it to at least have basic recommissioning before full road use can be recommended.

This is effectively a brand-new car with only delivery kilometres to show for its 11 years of life.

On the Outside

The bodywork is virtually pristine, as far as we can see.

The panels are straight and even, and the panel gaps and shut lines seem entirely consistent and true.

The suicide doors (Rolls-Royce calls them ‘coach doors’) open and close with the gravity and precision of a bank vault.

The ‘Silver Satin’ and ‘Metropolitan Blue’ two-tone paintwork has retained all of its shine and lustre.

The chrome and exterior trim are in excellent condition, as are the lights, lenses, badging and all exterior fixtures and fittings.

The famous hood statue, you might notice, bears the inscription ‘Spirit of Ecstasy Centenary – 2011’ in ITC Willow font.

Yes, the venerable flying lady was 100 years old in 2011, and every Phantom and Ghost built that year commemorates the centenary with the specially inscribed ornament.

There is some bespoke badging in Arabic script on the boot lid. We don’t know what it signifies or represents.

The very shiny chromed wheels are largely untroubled either by time or use.

Unsurprisingly, this car hasn’t covered enough miles to have picked up any significant stone chips, but there is a short scratch on the o/s/r sill.

There is a tiny scuff on the n/s/f wheel.

That aside, it’s really very hard to find anything to criticise.

On the Inside

Pretty much everything in the gentlemen’s club-like interior is in very good condition.

All of it has been designed to leave owners and passengers in no doubt that they are in something very special indeed.

The tan and navy-blue interior strikes, to our mind, a very attractive colour balance and creates a space that’s a pleasure to occupy.

Needless to say of a car that’s yet to do more than warm up its engine, there are no creases or signs of wear anywhere.

The carpets are deep enough to hide your feet and steal your flip-flops.

The elm veneers on the dashboard, picnic tables and door cappings are rich, glossy and wouldn’t look out of place on a Sheraton side table.

The acres of tan leather are sumptuous, inviting, comfortable and cosseting.

The mats, door cards and headlining are all in fine fettle, as is the ‘Panorama’ sunroof.

All the Rolls-Royce (and BMW) toggles, stops, levers, switches and buttons are as shiny and classy as the day the good folk at Goodwood screwed them down.

Even the umbrellas that should be inside the doors are still present.

There’s nothing so vulgar as a rev counter. Instead, the Ghost has a ‘Power Reserve’ meter.

It does the same thing, only differently.

As far as we can tell, everything does what it’s supposed to do. That said, you’d need to spend a week in here to have a go on all the electrical gadgets and gizmos on offer.

The inside of the boot (which looks small compared to the rest of the car but is nonetheless massive) is excellent.

Underneath

The undersides look as if they belong to a car that’s only covered 88 miles and has spent its entire life kept warm and dry inside.

Everything in the engine bay appears to be in its right and proper place.

History Highlights

The car doesn’t come with a service history or any records of work done beyond what is shown in the gallery.

The winning bidder must registered it in the country of their choice, and you will need to contact the appropriate vehicle licensing agency for instructions on how to do this. For example, cars less than 25 years old are difficult to import to the USA.

The paperwork shown in the gallery is all we have, and they are photocopies.


What We Think

We think this time-warp condition example is as close as you can get to a brand-new Rolls-Royce Ghost – but without the brand-new Rolls-Royce Ghost price.

We’re struggling to imagine how any other Ghost could be in appreciably better condition than this one.

Provided that the engine and mechanicals prove to be in good working order, we think you’ll be a long time waiting to find a finer Rolls-Royce Ghost than this.

It really is quite outstanding.

We’re confident to offer this car for auction with an estimate of £70,000 - £100,000.

Viewing is always encouraged, and this particular car is located with us at The Market HQ near Abingdon; we are open weekdays 9am-5pm, to arrange an appointment please use the Contact Seller button at the top of the listing. Feel free to ask any questions or make observations in the comments section below, or try our ‘Frequently Asked Questions’.

Bidders MUST ensure they are aware of the registration situation of a car in auction, and whether it will be possible to export/register a vehicle in their country BEFORE they bid.

All vehicles MUST BE COLLECTED WITHIN 7-DAYS of the auction end. Storage fees of £180 + VAT apply (per week) thereafter without exception.

If needed, Footman James classic car insurance and Classic Concierge offer storage can offer you options, plus we have a list of contacts who can help with transport and shipping both domestic and international.  

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Also, localised paint repairs are common with collectable and classic cars and if they have been professionally carried out then they may be impossible to detect, even if we see the car in person. So, unless we state otherwise, please assume that any vehicle could have had remedial bodywork at some point in its life.

Additionally, please note that most of the videos on our site have been recorded using basic cameras which often result in 'average' sound quality; in particular, engines and exhausts notes can sound a little different to how they are in reality.

Please note that this is sold as seen (Caveat Emptor) and that, as is normal for used goods bought at auction, a return policy does not apply. See our FAQs for more info, and feel free to inspect any vehicle as much as you wish.

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  • Location: The Market HQ, Abingdon, United Kingdom
  • Seller Type: Private
  • Odometer Reading: 142 kms
  • Chassis Number: SCA664S07BUX36238
  • Gearbox: auto
  • Steering position: LHD
  • Colour: Blue / Silver
  • Interior: Beige Leather
  • Estimated Price: £70,000 - £100,000

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