Rolls-Royce is widely regarded as the maker of the ‘Best Car is the World’, but the moment that heralded the title as Goodwood’s own was the Austrian Alpine Trials in 1913. Celebrating a century since the landmark triumph, the Rolls-Royce Ghost Alpine Trial Centenary Collection will be launched at the Shanghai Auto Show this weekend.

The most arduous test of automotive endurance of the time, two Silver Ghosts performed without fault over 2900 km of near impassable mountain terrain, cementing the marque’s reputation for peerless reliability and mechanical excellence that still stands today under BMW ownership.

One of the two was a bright blue Silver Ghost owned by private entry James Radley, which provides inspiration for the new limited edition collection. The unique Ghosts are painted in the same hue, with a distinct black grille and wheels that pay tribute to Radley’s 1913 Alpine Trials car.


It represents two Rolls-Royce firsts: the first Bespoke model to take inspiration from a heritage car, and the first time a painted grille has adorned a contemporary Rolls-Royce motor car.

The cabin plays host to Bespoke details referencing the Alpine Trial. The clock displays the stages of the rally and timings, whilst inlays on the front fascia express the topography and distances of the route. Headlining that’s colour-matched to the hood of Radley’s car completes the homage.

Also part of the centenary celebration is a faithful re-enactment of the historic event this June, which will be joined by the 2013 Alpine Trial Centenary Collection Ghost and Radley’s 1913 Silver Ghost.