Lot 239 - 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Limousine by Barker

Lot 239 - 1934  Rolls-Royce Phantom II Limousine by Barker

Lot 239 - 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Limousine by Barker

Lot Number 239
Registration BLE 685
Chassis Number 178 SK
Engine Number YP 35
Odometer reading 63,297 miles
Estimate £45,000 - £55,000

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 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 x 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 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. 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.

Between 1929 and 1935 around 1,770 of these chassis were built, being available in 144″ and 150″ wheelbase lengths, the former being used for the Continental models. These chassis were very popular with the major coachbuilders of the day and some truly glorious cars were made.

First sold on 13th August, 1934 to Barker and Company of 66-68 South Audley Street, London and fitted with enclosed limousine bodywork, it was delivered to Lord Leverhulme of 39 Brook Street, London.

William Hesketh Lever was born on 19th September, 1851 and in 1885, the Lever brothers entered the soap business by buying a small soap and cleaning product works in Warrington.  William Lever, as he was known prior to Lord Leverhulme, built Britain's largest company and, in so doing, made the first modern multinational and thanks to William's marketing acumen, within a decade of its launch, it is on sale in 134 countries.

In 1906, William stands for and is elected as a Member of Parliament for the Liberal Party in the Wirral constituency. He will go onto become a baronet, a Lord and even a High Sheriff. The 'Hulme' part of his name is added in honour of his wife combining his family name with that of his wife's at his insistence and is against all precedents. 

This fine Barker Limousine was restored in 2002 and retains its original engine, YP35. The interior, finished in maroon, is complemented with rear mounted occasional seats and a centrally mounted roll-top cocktail cabinet. The vendor informs us that, together with the brakes, the complete cooling system has been overhauled and runs cold at all times holding a constant manufacturer's stated oil pressure. A complete brand new exhaust system, front to back, has been fitted and BLE 685 was recently fully serviced and with over £4,000 spent on the car within the last 12 months.  The car drives beautifully and always starts without any problems in all weathers having benefitted from having an electric fuel pump conversion and battery isolator. Still retaining original features such as P100 headlamps, twin mounted fog lights and original twin Lucas horns and twin side mounted spare wheels with mirrors, this is a wonderful example of the marque. Supplied with a UK V5C document, it still retains its original registration number as evidenced by the old tax disc and comes complete with a set of Rolls-Royce build sheets and an original Phantom II handbook.  An absolutely stunning example that has presence, power and grace.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.

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