A century ago this June, four Rolls-Royce Silver Ghosts embarked on the 1913 Austrian Alpine Trials, which is considered as one of the most arduous test of automotive endurance of the time. Spanning over 2,929 kilometers of mountain terrain, the Rolls-Royce Works Team and privateer James Radley cemented the marque's reputation for reliability and excellence.
At Auto China 2013 in Shanghai, Rolls-Royce will be celebrating the brand's endeavors with the launch of the Alpine Trial Centenary Collection. This will be the first time that the brand will be making a Bespoke model that has taken inspiration from a heritage Rolls-Royce.
This limited edition of Rolls-Royce Ghosts features exquisitely crafted design cues that pay tribute to the 1913 Alpine Trials cars. The exterior paint hue, distinct black grille and wheels was inspired by Radley’s Silver Ghost.
The cabin was also embedded with bespoke and hand-crafted details like the Alpine Trials timeline. The clock displays the stages of the rally and timings, while the rear picnic tables and front fascia expresses the topography and distances of the Alpine route.
A hand-painted coachline referencing the four Rolls-Royces that took part in the rally and headlining, color-matched to the hood of Radley’s car, completes the beautiful homage.
“The 1913 Alpine Trial was an extraordinary moment in the rich history of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars,” said Torsten Müller-Ötvös, CEO Rolls-Royce Motor Cars.“The standards of engineering and pioneer spirit required to achieve such feats stands as inspiration to everyone associated with the marque. The Bespoke Alpine Trial Centenary Collection is a fitting tribute to these achievements. It is testament to the enduring quality of a Rolls-Royce motor car that this 2013 car will be joined by a participant in the original trials, the 1913 Radley Silver Ghost.”
On a side note, in celebration of the centenary of the 1913 Alpine Trial, the 20-Ghost Club has organized a faithful re-enactment which will start in Vienna on 14 June 2013.
A total of over 40 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghosts will traverse through Austria, Slovenia, Italy, and Croatia before the group returns to Vienna on June 29. A Rolls-Royce Works Team will join the group with a 2013 Alpine Trial Centenary Collection Ghost and Radley 1913 Silver Ghost.