In 1920, Rolls-Royce made a significant announcement: “We will produce a limited number of Rolls-Royce chassis at the American Works, using the same high-quality materials as in England. F. Henry Royce will oversee the American operations, and the products from this facility will serve both English and American customers.”
Claude Johnson was appointed Chairman of the American division, located in Springfield, Massachusetts, and from the beginning, it was clear that the commitment to excellence established in England would continue in America. At that time, Rolls-Royce adhered to a one-model policy, and the initial cars produced in Springfield were the 7.4-liter, 40/50hp Silver Ghost, which retained the English right-hand drive configuration until 1925 when left-hand drive became an option.
The Silver Ghost had already earned Rolls-Royce the prestigious title of “The Best Car in the World,” and the Springfield-built cars certainly upheld that reputation for the company.
One of the most renowned and elegant coachwork designs, the Piccadilly Roadster, was often chosen for its versatility and comfort as an excellent touring car. It provided a comfortable experience for both the driver and passenger, with the added benefit of a rumble seat compartment for storage.