Lot 336 - 1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Boat Tail Roadster *WITHDRAWN*
|Odometer reading||62,562 miles|
|Estimate||£36,000 - £42,000|
The year 1929 saw the introduction of the Phantom II. There were a host of improvements over the Phantom I, the most important of which concerned the chassis layout. The separate gearbox torque-tube drive and cantilever rear springing gave way to the PII's integral engine-gearbox unit, Hotchkiss drive, hypoid-bevel rear axle and semi-elliptic rear springs. The chassis was constructed with channel steel side-members and tubular cross-members. Fit and finish were, as to be expected, to the highest standards. Engine dimensions remained the same as the Phantom I at 4¼ by 5½ inches and displacing 7.6 litres. The overhead valve arrangement was retained, but a new cylinder head was designed with intake and exhaust manifolds on opposite sides yielding greater performance. Dual ignition was continued as well, with battery ignition on one side of the engine and magneto on the other, each with its own set of plugs. The Phantom II was built only at Derby, and continued into 1935. However, a quantity of PII chassis made up with lefthand steering and some other features meant for the American market in the AJS and AMS series were exported to the USA in 1931-1933. These are the only Phantom II cars with lefthand drive. Most, but not all, of the lefthand drive cars were equipped with Brewster & Co. coachwork after arrival in the USA. In 1931, to meet the need for a speedier vehicle, the Company produced a specially-tuned car, the 'Continental' model of the Phantom II. The first of these, chassis 26EX, was built at Derby on the twelve-foot wheelbase. All passengers were brought within the wheelbase dimensions in construction of the coachwork on these chassis; special springs were used, and the spare wheels were often mounted at the rear rather than in the front fender wells. These cars achieved an actual timed speed of 90mph with full equipment and relatively heavy enclosed coachwork, all beyond 2½ tons in weight. This was outstanding performance for a big car of that day.
This Rolls-Royce Phantom II was originally supplied in 1929 as a Park Ward Limousine to a Mr. W W Worthington in the United Kingdom. At some point in the 1970's or 80's this Phantom II was shipped to the USA where the car received the boat tail body that is fitted today, and after returning to the UK in 2005, the new owner planned to replace the coachwork with a body similar to the original 15EX speedster body but never completed the project. The vendor informs us that the engine runs smoothly and drives well. Finished with the timber back and metal work finished in black with black leather interior, this Rolls-Royce Phantom II is supplied with a V5C registration document and a set of chassis cards supplied by the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts Club. This is an opportunity to purchase a restoration project that requires cosmetic work to the mechanics and the chance to re-body the car in any imaginative style the new owner may wish; perhaps a Gurney Nutting Owen Sedanca Coupé.
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