THE forty-third Scottish Motor Show, at Glasgow’s Kelvin Hall, attracted much attention prior to its opening day on November 10, 1961.

Motoring writers said there was one immediately obvious trend: that a new era, “unexampled since pre-war days”, had dawned for the small car. Models of up to 1000 c.c, British and foreign, were scattered across the hall. The British Motor Corporation alone offered these “technically advanced miniatures” in four ranges across no fewer than nine versions.

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As economical as they were, these small cars were not to everyone’s taste. Larger, more luxurious cars certainly caught the eye: the newcomers that year included the Daimler eight-seater limousine and the Jaguar Mark X.

The Rolls Royce stand at the Kelvin Hall featured the Rolls Phantom V seven-passenger limousine and the Rolls Silver Cloud long-wheelbase four-door saloon.

Such cars turned heads, and the same could emphatically be said of the vehicle pictured above when it arrived at the venue: a beautiful 1906 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, which had just made a commemorative run from London to Edinburgh.

Dunlop had made the tyres specially for the car; though they were of modern manufacture, they were of the original pattern and design of the tyres fitted to the Silver Ghost when it made its maiden run in 1907.