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Car of the Month - December 99
Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, 1920, #24AE,
Coupé de Ville by Mulbacher (F)

The French coachbuilder Mulbacher of Levallois sur Seine enjoyed a fabulous reputation and added to that by building the body on Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, chassis-no. #24AE. Work was finished in 1920 and Mulbacher used the term Coupe de Ville for their creation. A Coupe de Ville with its „decapitated“ front offered a practical advantage which is only to be understood from the customs of a bygone era: Even if no coat of arms or initials attached to the doors could have been identified immediately a chauffeur’s livery might have indicated, who was coming and that did help to arrange for appropriate order of arrival when the car was used officially. – A present day owner presumably is more interested in the fact that the „decapitated“ front does offer all those advantages otherwise only experienced on board a cabriolet.

Plus all those advantages only a Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost can offer, because only the best material was accepted and the components were composed into a motor car of exceptionally fine quality. Attention to detail was the key element in Frederic Henry Royce‘ and his partner Charles Stewart Rolls‘ strive for perfection.


A fine example, that motor cars can survive for decades in most impressive quality, if the coachbuilder aimed to do a perfect job, is this Silver Ghost #24AE.
The name Mulbacher in earlier days had been spelled Mühlbacher – the family’s roots had been in an area near the German-French border.


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