Lot 266 - 1972 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI Limousine by Mulliner Park Ward
|Odometer reading||46,400 miles|
|Estimate||£55,000 - £65,000|
|Result||Sold - £80,640|
The Phantom VI was an ultra-exclusive rolling chassis made from 1968-1990. From 1968 to 1973 it was manufactured by Rolls-Royce Ltd. and 1973-1990 by its successor Rolls-Royce Motors. Most were bodied as limousines, a few landaulettes, and at least one as aconvertible. The Phantom VI was used until 2002 as official state car by the British queen, Elizabeth II. Based on the Phantom V, the Phantom VI had a re-styled dashboard and was powered by an engine derived from the current Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow. Most of the coachwork was created by Mulliner Park Ward usually in limousine form though a few landaulettes were made. The Phantom VI was the last Rolls-Royce with separate chassis. It featured coil springs in front, leaf springs in rear, and drum brakes on all four wheels. The car was powered by a twin SU carburettors mated to a 6,230cc, V8 and coupled to a four-speed automatic gearbox.
Famous owners included Queen Elizabeth II and the Queen Mother. Those owned by Elizabeth II were official state cars, adapted for that purposed with a flag staff and illuminated heraldic shield above the windscreen. Having been retired from active service in 2002, both are now on public display: one in the royal motor museum at Sandringham and the other in the special garage aboard HMY Britannia in Leith, Edinburgh. The Governor of Hong Kong used a Rolls-Royce Phantom V for ceremonial occasions. It was removed from Hong Kong by the Royal Navy immediately following the handover to China on 1 July 1997.
The limousine-bodied example on show today comes from the stable of a long term owner of Rolls-Royce Phantoms with over 18 to his name in previous years. His knowledge of the marque is second to none and so it was not unusual for him to order one from the factory with additional leaf springs to the rear which, whilst it would then ride slightly high when empty, with passengers, it rode perfectly straight and level.
Ordered with the usual refinements such as division, occasional seats and duel air-conditioning, it also had a cocktail bar and duel stereo units for front and rear. Specified in Masons Black with tan hide to the front, beige cloth to the rear and deep fawn carpets, these original colours are still retained to the present day. The quality of paintwork is good with additional coach-lines. The interior is in excellent condition throughout, including the cut-glass decanter and glasses and, as you would expect for a professionally kept motorcar, it runs perfectly.
'Sterling Mouldings', its first owner, used the car little covering just 17,600 miles by 1976 and 21,475 by the time they sold it in 1982. Fully serviced and maintained by various main London agents, the car was kept in superb condition. 'Cambridge Instruments' then acquired it and it was used little and often, a perfect scenario as it then did not suffer from long storage problems often associated with low mileage cars. It was sold again in 1988 with 40,093 miles recorded, again with excellent maintenance by known Rolls-Royce specialists. It then retired to Ascot for private use with a full set of curtains fitted and maintenance by Sunningdale Motors. The car was next acquired by a private individual and next by the current owner a classic car enthusiast from Europe with a number of exceptional cars in his stable. The Phantom was used for his private visits to the UK and for touring between some of Britain's finest Hotels and golf courses. A history file is included in the sale which contains the current MoT test certificate and V5C registration document and represents a remarkable motorcar with genuine low mileage and fabulous original condition.