A 1926 gold-plated Rolls-Royce has ghosted home to the south-west.
Owner Bob Jones said the Rolls-Royce Phantom I was originally owned by bookmaker and thoroughbred breeder Solomon Green, who owned Shipley near Warrnambool.
The bottle green Roller, which has a gold-plated radiator, headlamps, bumper bar and door handles, was one of 45 historic vehicles at Purrumbete Homestead as part of the Golden Oldies Tour. Inside the rear there is a mobile office with a table and seat for the flamboyant bookie.
“We’ve been travelling up and down and people in Camperdown came up and said they remembered it,” Mr Jones said.
“It’s just a good reliable car.”
Mr Jones said the car “ducked and dived and rattled a bit” when on the move but that was part of the charm. He said it was rebodied in 1933.
The historic homestead provided the perfect backdrop for the vintage wheels.
Tour organiser Annette Thorne said cars manufactured from 1919 to 1930 were part of the tour, which started on Sunday at Marong, near Bendigo.
After two days in Colac the group travelled to Camperdown. Today they will motor to Hamilton, where the tour finishes on Sunday.
Mrs Thorne said there was great camaraderie on the drives. “Everyone looks out for each other and there are some long-lasting friendships formed,” she said.
The tour is sponsored by RACV and the federation of veteran, vintage and classic cars.