The Collectors’ Collector


The famous unrestored Gillette Silver Ghost


Ever go to an event at a shop that claims to have some interesting projects? We all have, and most end up just having the obligatory rotting muscle cars unfinished in the corner and a few engines on stands. Well, Saturday some Fuelfed drivers were treated to quite the awe-inspiring surprise. Without going into boring detail, we got to see the world’s most extensive Rolls Royce collection.



Our host Jeff M. is a collector unlike any other. First he likes his cocktails as he hunts, restores, preserves and displays all his cars himself with a little help from a staff of six. Yep, English wheels, nibblers and tig welders all employed to take a $70,000 basket case Silver Ghost back to a $700,000 gem. But, Jeff doesn’t do it for money; he’s essentially a one-man custodian for the breed. Crate Merlin airplane engines, NOS grills, toolings— you name it, he has it.


NOS Merlin headers


The collection has a few of everything, but mostly pre and post war specimens. We liked the unrestored Vanderbilt owned 1937 Phantom 3. The unrestored 1918 Gillette owned Silver Ghost and zero mile Bentley Continental T. Just these three cars represent over an estimated $100 million just to scratch the surface of what is hidden in this prestigious collection.

Thanks Jeff for sharing your amazing world!


Unrestored Vanderbilt Phantom 3



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