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2013 Rolls-Royce Ghost Alpine Trial Centenary Edition Bows: 2013 Shanghai Auto Show


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Just the Facts:
  • The 2013 Rolls-Royce Ghost Alpine Trial Centenary Edition, which honors the automaker's 1913 Alpine Trials cars, debuted at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show.
  • The custom edition marks the first time a painted grille has been featured on a modern Rolls-Royce, the company said.
  • Inlays to the rear picnic tables and front fascia show the topography and distances of the Alpine route undertaken by four Rolls-Royce Silver Ghosts a century ago.

SHANGHAI, China — The Rolls-Royce Ghost Alpine Trial Centenary Edition, which honors the automaker's 1913 Alpine Trials cars, debuted at the 2013 Shanghai Auto Show.

The custom edition marks the first time a painted grille — in this case, a black one — has been featured on a modern Rolls-Royce, the company said.

Inlays to the rear picnic tables and front fascia show the topography and distances of the Alpine route undertaken by four Rolls-Royce Silver Ghosts a century ago. The Austrian Alpine Trials were considered to be the "most arduous test of automotive endurance at the time," said Rolls-Royce.

The Ghost Alpine Trial Centenary Edition gets a blue paint color inspired by one of the original Alpine route cars. The special model also gets black wheels. A cabin clock displays the stages of the original rally and timings.

In celebration of the centenary of the 1913 Alpine Trial, the 20-Ghost Club has organized a reenactment that kicks off in Vienna, Austria on June 14. A Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Works Team with a 2013 Ghost Alpine Trial and a Radley 1913 Silver Ghost will participate in the rally. James Radley, a privateer entrant in the 1913 event drove 1,820 miles of "near impassable mountain terrain" to prove the mettle of the original car, the company notes.

No word on pricing for the 2013 Rolls-Rolls Ghost Alpine Trial Centenary Edition, which is considered to be a custom car by the automaker.

Edmunds says: A clever way for Rolls-Royce to tap into its heritage.

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