1907 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost (Y15)

Here is the first new MoYY car in a long time -  the RR Silver Ghost. Too bad it's green. WTF? Still, it's a wonderful replica!

Here is the first new MoYY car in a long time – the RR Silver Ghost. Too bad it’s green. WTF? Still, it’s a wonderful replica!

In 1960, a new model was added to the MoYY lineup; the 1907 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost. This is a very famous car, and is extremely highly regarded in Britain. With this addition, the MoYY lineup began to put a much higher emphasis on cars, and less on esoteric work vehicles, trucks and trams. It was also the start of the trend towards larger models (you can see it’s much larger than the Bullnose in the photo on the previous page!) with more elaborate packaging, higher detail and, not surprisingly, higher prices.

Build the hype! This is a page in the 1959 catalog herlading the arrival of the RR Silver Ghost.

Build the hype! This is a page in the 1959 catalog herlading the arrival of the RR Silver Ghost.

While this car was indeed the first new car to be issued in the MoYY lineup, the example seen here is actually a later issue. This can be seen by the box. Earlier MoYYs would have had a full colour, printed box, like the Bentley 4.5 Litre (S) and Bugatti 35. Later MoYYs used a new “window” box, that showed the car that was actually in the box. This is interesting because it means that the box is larger, and harder to produce. Now, MoYY boxes had two components, and the “window” was very fragile.

However, just because there was a window, didn’t mean that the folks at Lesney let the great art they’d developed for the boxes go to waste. In the window boxes, the art was on the back, along with a writeup, and a scale callout (yay!).  The end flaps of the box were also elaborate, with a nice illustration so buyers would see what they were pulling off a shelf, even if the boxes were crowded.  All these improvements did come with a price; this particular example cost $1.04, despite the fact that the Canadian list price was only $0.98 in the catalogue. Thanks, K-Mart… way to be.

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This is the back of the new “window” box. Nice, full-colour artwork, a writeup and scale call out. Intersting note: The scale of this car is the same as the VF-1J Valkyrie toy issued as the Transformer known as Jetfire/Skyfire. That’s your trivia for the day.

Here's the full colour end-flap for the Silver Ghost's window box. Very catching!

Here’s the full colour end-flap for the Silver Ghost’s window box. Very catching!

This model is a replica of the very famous first Silver Ghost, and even has the iconic AX201 licence plate on both front and rear. Oddly, though, while the real car was painted silver (Makes sense, right?), the MoYY is a light “ice green” spectraflame colour. This is a very beautiful colour, and as you can see, almost glows when photographed. The problem is, it is dead wrong. Why a British company would do this is unknown to nearly all collectors; the problem was only rectified in a much later version, which finally was issued in silver. There’s also a very rare white version of the late one, too.

The detail on the Silver Ghost is impressive: Note the brass lamps, radiator shell and spokes, but the silver headlamps. Black plastic seats complete the look, and a careful inspection shows that there's texture on the floor too.

The detail on the Silver Ghost is impressive: Note the brass lamps, radiator shell and spokes, but the silver headlamps. Black plastic seats complete the look, and a careful inspection shows that there’s texture on the floor too.

Here's the Silver Ghost perched atop the window box. Despite careful handling, the window has a small break in it; the plastic does not age well!

Here’s the Silver Ghost perched atop the window box. Despite careful handling, the window has a small break in it; the plastic does not age well!

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