Lot 280 - 1966 Rolls-Royce Phantom V
|Odometer reading||48,750 miles|
|Estimate||£65,000 - £75,000|
The Phantom V was a large, ultra-exclusive four-door saloon made by Rolls-Royce from 1959 to 1968. Based on the Silver Cloud II, it shared a V8 engine and General Motors Hydramatic automatic gearbox with its smaller sibling. Rolls-Royce assembled the car's chassis and drivetrains with bodies made to standard designs by coachbuilders H. J. Mulliner, Park Ward, and James Young, former vendors absorbed by Rolls-Royce. The engine was a 6,230cc 90-degree V8 with twin SU carburettors, coupled to a 4-speed automatic transmission. The car had massive drum brakes and a wheelbase of 3,683mm. Four speed automatic transmission and power assisted steering were standard. From 1963 onward the Silver Cloud III's 7% more powerful engine and new front wings incorporating the latter's quad headlamps were fitted. A total of 516 Phantom V's were made. Famous owners included Queen Elizabeth II and her mother, Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, and also Mohammad Reza Pahlavi the Shah of Iran. The Governor of Hong Kong used a Rolls-Royce Phantom V for ceremonial occasions. The Beatle, John Lennon's psychedelic-painted Phantom V, a 1960s counter-culture icon, came from the factory finished in white, with Lennon commissioning the custom paint job to really stand out from the crowd.
First registered on 13th January 1966 this Phantom V was first owned by Mr Harry Saltzman the co-producer of various Bond films with Albert Brocolli. The vehicle was then sold in 1968 to restaurant critic, Michael Winner, with the present owner acquiring the vehicle in April 2012 after the death of Mr Winner. Presented in Masons Black with West of England cloth and grey leather to the driver's seat complemented by inlaid walnut wood features, this example also has an optional cocktail cabinet and two occasional seats to the rear and an electric division between front and rear. Offered with a valid MoT test certificate until April 2016 and with character and provenance by the bundle, this example is sure to create quite a stir so as the late Michal Winner would say "Calm down, dear!".
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