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Classic Rolls Royce Silver Ghost comes with own arsenal of weapons

Many top of the range cars come fitted with a host of extras – but not many include an arsenal of weapons including a machine gun.

And this 1924 Rolls Royce Silver Ghost also comes with features such as a picnic hamper, a full silver set and champagne flutes.

The car will be taking part in a rally with nine other Rollers worth millions of pounds at Hampton Court Palace in Surrey tomorrow.

Owner Andrew Courtney, who has had the guns deactivated, said the rich used to take the weapons to protect themselves while touring.

Mr Courtney’s Thompson submachine gun and Webley revolver are neatly concealed beneath the running board of his vintage model.

The retired engineer, who helped design Margaret Thatcher’s nuclear bunker at Whitehall, bought the Silver Ghost in 2000 for £100,000.

It was originally owned by a woman from Maidenhead before travelling to Australia and later back to Britain. It is now worth £300,000.

Mr Courtney, 60, joked that the weapons ‘would have come in any handy in any verbal dust-up with overzealous traffic wardens’.

His metallic grey motor carries five passengers in comfort but it is an expensive hobby because the 70mph car manages only 6 to 8mpg.

Pride and joy: Andrew Courtney 60, of Hampton Wick, South-West London, stands next to his open-tipped Rolls Royce Silver Ghost

Unusual added feature: The vintage 1924 Rolls Royce Ghost has a built in Thompson submachine gun in the running board

Built in tools: The vehicle was originally owned by a woman from Maidenhead before travelling to Australia and later back to Britain

Motor: The stunning car will be taking part in a rally with nine other Rollers worth millions of pounds at Hampton Court Palace  tomorrow

Driveable picnic: An attachment on the boot opens down to reveal a full picnic set, complete with champagne flutes and a full silver set

High value: If Mr Courtney ever sold his vintage model - which features a built-in tool kit - it would fetch a conservative £300,000

Steering: The metallic grey motor carries five passengers in comfort but it is an expensive hobby as the car manages only 6 to 8mpg

Deactivated guns: Mr Courtney said the rich used to take the weapons to protect themselves and their money while touring

Tools: The vehicle was bought by Mr Courtney, who helped design Margaret Thatcher¿s deep underground nuclear bunker at Whitehall

Handily placed for action: Mr Courtney said he could understand how 'comforting' the guns would have been for a driver and passengers

Arsenal: Mr Courtney said that the automatic weapon and pistol were 'ready to be fired' at first, before he had them deactivated

Arsenal: Mr Courtney said that the automatic weapon and pistol were ‘ready to be fired’ at first, before he had them deactivated

Luxurious: In the era when the rich toured Europe in their Silver Ghosts, they had to take their money with them, Mr Courtney said

Armed: Mr Courtney said when he bought the car with guns, 'it looked as if it had just been driven off the set of an old Elliot Ness episode'

Ideas: Mr Courtney joked that the weapons 'would have come in any handy in any verbal dust-up with overzealous traffic wardens'

Top of the range: The vehicle built by Rolls Royce was viewed as the best touring car in the world at the time

Top of the range: The vehicle built by Rolls Royce was viewed as the best touring car in the world at the time

Pull over and pop open the bubbly: The luxurious accessory can store wine bottles, condiments, plates and a host of picnic food

Looking inside: It's not unusual for cars to be fitted with a host of extras but few boast a real life Tommy gun and pack a pistol


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