Lot 304 - 2005 Rolls-Royce Phantom
|Odometer reading||119,400 miles|
|Estimate||£75,000 - £85,000|
|Result||Sold - £72,500|
An historic model in the continuing history of the Rolls-Royce marque, the Phantom was the first all-new design to be introduced by the company following its takeover by BMW. Produced at a new factory near Goodwood in Sussex, the Phantom revived a great name from Rolls-Royce's past that had always been synonymous with unrestrained luxury. In keeping with the tradition established by previous Phantoms, the newcomer was a very large motor car, outstretching the old Silver Seraph (the last Crewe-built Rolls-Royce) by 18" while boasting a radiator shell 4" taller. Priced at around £260,000 at time of launch, it was also 40% more expensive. At 140", the new car's wheelbase was only fractionally shorter than that of the superseded Phantom VI that had ceased production in the 1990s; gone however, was the old pushrod V8 engine, its place being taken by an all-new 48-valve, V12 of 6.7 litres capacity. Despite being normally aspirated, the latter produced 460bhp, comfortably exceeding the old engine's maximum when turbo-charged, albeit at a high 5,300 revolutions. This abundance of power was transmitted to the rear axle via a six-speed automatic gearbox while air-sprung suspension and automatic level control ensured that ride quality remained uncompromised. A top speed of 149mph put the 2½-ton Phantom within sight of the supercar league, though models destined for North America were electronically limited to 130mph. While the body structure represented the ultimate in automotive technology, its accoutrements remained entirely traditional in choice of materials, consisting of the finest hide trim, genuine woollen carpets and carefully selected wood veneers. Certain dashboard features recalled those of earlier models, while there was a choice of five-seater 'Lounge' or four-seater 'Theatre' accommodation.
This excellent righthand drive Rolls-Royce Phantom with the 'lounge' five seat configuration was supplied new to Singapore in 2005 and has been fully maintained and serviced nine times by the local Rolls-Royce agents there, the last service carried out at 106,000km. Having only 75,000 miles from new, this Phantom was imported to the UK earlier this year and registered here. The only work required was the replacement of the tyres and as the original tyres were unavailable, the new owners purchased a new set of wheels from Rolls-Royce and fitted new tyres to suit. Finished in ice blue with black leather interior and veneered woodwork, this Phantom is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate and the service books showing its history. This is an excellent example of the continuation of what was believed, in the 1930, to be the 'best car in the world'.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.