1926 Rolls-Royce Experimental Sports Tourer 10EX up for grabs
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1926 Rolls-Royce Experimental Sports Tourer 10EX up for grabs

1926 Rolls-Royce Experimental Sports Tourer 10EX up for grabs
1926 rolls royce experimental vehicle 10ex At the Salon Prive Concours d'Elegance on June 23, RM Auctions will offer the rare 1926 Rolls-Royce 10EX, the only experimental Phantom I to be kept by Rolls-Royce for several years after testing. Rolls-Royce has a long, glorious history of experimental cars. The first one from the renowned house was a 1919 Silver Ghost test bed, chassis number 1EX, and the latest is the 102EX, a battery-electric version of the current Phantom. The 10EX, which is up for grabs, is one of the most significant Rolls-Royce experimental cars and was built in late 1925. Interestingly, the Rolls-Royce 10EX even pre-dates the 1938 Buick Y-Job, which is usually claimed to be the world's first concept car. Anyway, the 1926 Rolls-Royce Experimental Vehicle 10EX was built to reveal the performance potential of the “New Phantom” introduced in 1925. After a number of renovations, the 10EX did the Brooklands at an average speed of 91.2 mph. The development work on 10EX ended in late 1927. The Rolls-Royce Experimental Vehicle 10EX, after its test phase, was used as a works demonstrator car. The iconic car was even used by the factory to visit the 1927 Schneider Trophy seaplane competition in Venice, which Rolls-Royce won in 1929 and 1931. Reportedly, Lawrence of Arabia also loaned the 10EX for continental touring. The 10EX will go to the highest bidder along with a significant dossier of records, photographs and correspondence relating to its history and restoration. Phantom I Rolls-Royces are already popular among the collectors, and this experimental sports tourer is sure to start a bidding war. Via: Gizmag/RM Auctions
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