Lot 312 - 1973 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI Hearse
|Odometer reading||59,921 miles|
|Estimate||£23,000 - £28,000|
|Result||Sold - £27,552|
Rolls-Royce Phantom VI seven passenger limousine coachwork by Mulliner, Park Ward was introduced at the 1968 Motor Show and listed as the world's most expensive motor car. The mighty Phantom VI was an exclusive cost-no-object car for an elite and discriminating clientele, indeed a Phantom VI was the motor industry's Silver Jubilee gift to Her Majesty The Queen in 1977. A logical development of the Phantom V which it superseded, the Phantom VI retained the superlative Mulliner, Park Ward bodywork while replacing the old 6,230cc Silver Cloud III engine of its predecessor the Phantom V, with the more powerful 6,750cc Silver Shadow V8 engine. This also meant that the car was upgraded with full factory-fitted air-conditioning as standard with separate units in the scuttle and boot serving front and rear compartments respectively, the air inlet grille on the scuttle being the principle external difference between the two Phantoms, along with new rear light clusters. Phantom VI bodies were coachbuilt in the Park Ward tradition with hand beaten aluminium panels using wooden panel bucks and rollers, pinned and clinched to a galvanised steel and alloy frame.
This example is a 1973 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI, and originally fitted with a Mulliner, Park Ward Limousine body. It is believed that it was converted into a two tier hearse in the early 1980s and has been used in the funeral business throughout the country since. It is a majestic vehicle and, unusually when rebuilt as a hearse, the coachbuilders retained and modified the rear doors to allow the use of jump seats in the car for pallbearers. This car has been very well maintained with service stickers from the Rolls-Royce dealers, Mead of Burnham, and then from the early 2000's by Hofmann's of Henley and Ashley Carter Ltd. Recent works carried out include a complete gearbox overhaul. The car is supplied with a V5C registration document, a current MoT test certificate, old MoT certificates and bills for works carried out going back to 2004. Here is an opportunity to purchase a functional vehicle that would cost a small fortune for a coachbuilder to build today.
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