Rolls-Royce to unveil Alpine Trial Centenary Collection at Auto China 2013

Article by Anita Panait, on April 19, 2013

Rolls-Royce will unveil the Alpine Trial Centenary Collection at Auto China 2013 to celebrate the legendary success achieved by four Rolls-Royce Silver Ghosts on the Austrian Alpine Trials 100 years ago. A century ago, the four Silver Ghosts participated in the Austrian Alpine Trials, which at the time was considered as the most demanding test of automotive endurance.

The Rolls-Royce Silver Ghosts crossed over 1,820 taxing miles of near impassable mountain terrain. The feat allowed the Rolls-Royce Works Team and privateer entrant James Radley to help bolster the marque’s status for peerless reliability and mechanical excellence.

The Silver Ghosts’ feat also established Rolls-Royce as the maker of the ‘Best Car in the World.” At Auto China 2013, Rolls-Royce’s Bespoke department was inspired by the Silver Ghost to unveil a limited edition of the vehicle, which features exquisitely crafted design cues that pay homage to the 1913 Alpine Trials cars.

For instance, the exterior paint hue was inspired by Radley’s Silver Ghost, a car that will join in this year’s reenactment of the 1913 Alpine Trial as part of the Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Works Team. The carmaker’s Bespoke department also had Radley car’s unique black grille and wheels replicated across the collection, marking the first time that a painted grille is featured on a contemporary Rolls-Royce vehicle.

The cabin of the model features Bespoke details that reminds passengers of the Alpine Trial. The clock displays the stages of the rally and timings, while inlays to rear picnic tables and the front fascia reflects the topography and distances of the Alpine route.

Each element on the limited edition model is carefully hand-crafted and researched to ensure accuracy. A hand-painted coachline referencing the four Rolls-Royces as well as a headlining which is in a color that matches the hood of Radley’s car, completes the homage to the century-old feat.

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