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Car of the Month - November 2000
Rolls-Royce Armoured Car #101WO

Rolls-Royce Armoured Car

When F. Henry Royce designed the legendary Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, he was particularly keen that the car could withstand tremendous stress. The powerful engine and the sturdy chassis were perfectly well tuned to give perfect service whatever any driver's demand might be - considering the usually poor condition of roads of the period before the Great War - especially in some colonies of the British Empire - this was essential.

However the designer certainly hadn't considered that ever armoured cars might be based on the Rolls-Royce Ghost. Fitted with a turreted armoured hull these vehicles were in action during the Great War in France, Russia, West- and East-Africa as well as in the Near and Middle East. Rear axles were modified for twin tyres (later quite often twin steel disc wheels front and rear were found) and the Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Armoured Car remained in continuous operational service. Particularly in the desert H.M.A.C. (His Majesty's Armoured Car") proved to be most reliable and effective.

In his book "The Seven Pillars of Wisdom" T.E. Lawrence, better known as Lawrence of Arabia, expressed his opinion: "A Rolls in the desert was above rubies..."

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