Only a year after its founding, Rolls-Royce had established its reputation as a manufacturer of premier quality vehicles. This was most obvious in the craftmanship of their 30HP model, which later gave rise to what would become known as the Silver Ghost.

In 1906, Claude Johnson, the Commercial and Managing Director of the company, established a unique model policy, which in 1907 outputted the immortal Silver Ghost.  The prototype was dubbed the ‘Silver Ghost’ owing to its brightly polished and gleaming all-aluminum bodywork.

The first cars to be so named were equipped with a 48hp traditional six-cylinder engine, which revved to 12,000 revolutions per minute. The 7.5 litre engine was quite standard for its time; however, it did feature a couple of innovative additions, namely the lubrication system and a double ignition system.

With its four-speed gearbox, the Silver Ghost was capable of reaching a top speed of 100 km/h. At that speed, the stopping power for the 2330 kg Silver Ghost was provided by brakes fitted only to the rear axle.

This particular Silver Ghost with chassis number 6YE and engine number 191, was acquired in Lisbon by João de Lacerda in March 1956.  It was owned at that time by a Bernardino Gomes.

Although the vehicle was manufactured in England during the late 1920s, the wagon work was completed by the D’Ieteren-Fréres-Bruxelles company in Brougham, Belgium.

As with all the vehicles in the museum, the car underwent a rigorous restoration process, with the collaboration of the Portuguese Rolls-Royce importer, Harry Rugeroni. The restoration took place in his Lisbon workshop on Rua Tomás Ribeiro.

As can be seen in the museum, the walnut interior has been meticulously preserved, and the original upholstery features two fauteuils and two folding seats, normally referred to as strapontins.

The windows also retain their original vertically sliding feature equipped with spring compensators, making them easier for the occupants to open and close.