Rolls-Royce enjoyed a successful and growing market in the U.S. in the years after World War, making it practical to consider opening an assembly plant. It chose Springfield, Massachusetts. Located in the Connecticut River valley, home to the armaments industry that had contributed so much to the defeat of the Kaiser and a growing, inventive machine tool industry, Springfield offered highly skilled craftsmen and a growing array of suppliers. Assembly started in 1921 using many components from England but soon the quality of Springfield-built Rolls-Royces brought more and more manufacturing in-house in Springfield. This 1921 Silver Ghost 40/50hp Oxford Tourer is a very early example of the Springfield-built Rolls-Royces. It coachwork is known as the Oxford seven-passenger tourer, a catalog Rolls-Royce design built by its own Rolls-Royce Custom Coach Works. For many years it was part of the massive collection of Barney Pollard from whom it was acquired by the prior owner, a major Midwestern collector with his own professional shop for repairs and maintenance many years ago. Finished in Brewster Green with black fenders, a black leather interior, black top and matching full tonneau cover, it is right-hand drive with a 4-speed transmission in common with other early Springfield Rolls-Royces, had dual side-mounted spares, a covered luggage trunk, drum headlights, matching drum cowl lights and black wall tires on body color centerlock wheel rims and hubs with stainless steel spokes. It has had only four owners from new, being carefully maintained and regularly exercised throughout its life and having its mechanical and cosmetic needs met regularly by professional. It recently has been comprehensively detailed and serviced and is a beautiful and historic example ready to shine on road tours or in Rolls-Royce Owner's Club events.
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