Rolls-Royce Alpine Trial Centenary a Rally Racing Tribute

Rolls-Royce Alpine Trial Centenary a Rally Racing Tribute

Rally racing in a Rolls-Royce? Not bloody likely. At least not in anything the brand builds today, but that wasn’t always the case.

In 1913, Rolls-Royce sent four silver Ghosts through the Austrian Alpine Trials: a 1,820-mile journey through mountain terrain. The Rolls-Royce team managed it “without fault” according to Rolls, and 100 years later it is celebrating with a special edition Ghost.

Set to officially debut in Shanghai this weekend, the car comes in a special blue paint meant to closely mimic the Ghost it pays tribute to. It shouldn’t come as any surprise that the brand chose China to unveil its special car. After all, its largest purveyor just opened there.

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Other bespoke touches include a special clock that shows the stages of the rally. Inlays to the rear picnic tables also express the topography and distance of the race route.

It isn’t clear how much Rolls-Royce will ask for the special cars, but it won’t be cheap given the standard Ghost’s roughly quarter-million-dollar price tag.

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