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Ghost ready to Rolls again after 18-month restoration

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: June 29, 2012

Phil Gould finishes off the upholstery on a 1920s Open Tourer Silver Ghost Rolls Royce at Concept Trimming in Barnstaple Picture: Richard Austin

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A Westcountry businessman has helped restore a 1920s Rolls Royce to its former glory.

Phil Gould, proprietor of Concept Trimming Ltd in Barnstaple, made up a team of specialist restorers who spent a-year-and-a-half transforming the Silver Ghost model.

The historic car was originally ordered in 1918, but not completed until 1920.

The car was re-built using archive photographs from the owner, who is based in the South West.

Mr Gould, who has been a professional coach trimmer in North Devon for almost 40 years, heralded the project as a huge success.

"It seemed a daunting task to get it ready for today, but we've succeeded in re-trimming it to an exceptionally high standard and fortunately we have a very satisfied customer," he said.

The Ghost was finished just in time for it to take part in a rally to Estonia today.

The restored vehicle recently achieved second place in the Concours d'Elegance at the internationally acclaimed Rolls Royce Enthusiasts Club Awards, with a maximum score for trimming.

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