Lot 275 - 1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Open Tourer
|Chassis Number||47 0R|
|Odometer reading||15,300 miles|
|Estimate||£45,000 - £53,000|
With the launch of the new Rolls-Royce Phantom in May 1925, it became instantly obvious that Rolls-Royce had put to good effect the experience that the company had learned in the eighteen year production period of the Silver Ghost. Though not just a spearhead of innovation, the Rolls-Royce Phantom, later usually listed as Phantom I, featured an all new pushrod-operated overhead valve engine with detachable cylinder heads. From 7,668cc, the engine provided sufficient power to accelerate from walking pace to top speed with ease, rendering three of the four gears virtually redundant apart from starting from stationary or on Alpine passes. In this respect, as well as in every other detail, the new Phantom was a worthy successor to the universally acclaimed Silver Ghost.
This Phantom I was built originally with a Hooper body. The car was then sent to the U.S. for a number of years and returned to the UK in 1991. Prior to repatriation, it was re-bodied in the U.S. and unfortunately little is known by whom or when. What is plainly evident is that the coachbuilder obviously had an excellent 'eye for detail' as this is considered by many to be a very handsome touring body. The long, low lines of such a car is synonymous with luxury cars from the period and this is easily recognisable as a car offering, speed, grace, style and huge presence. The current vendor has owned her since 1991 and has maintained the car well whilst enjoying regular use. Whether going for a country drive or a trip to Ascot, this Rolls-Royce will bring much delight to the new owner. Supplied with a V5 registration document and an MoT test certificate valid until 20th April 2015, this certainly represents a highly attractive motor car.