Lot 167 - 2004 Rolls-Royce Phantom
|Odometer reading||68,080 miles|
|Estimate||£64,000 - £72,000|
- Last serviced in August 2017
- Amazing value for money
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 At 140.5 inches, the new car's wheelbase was only fractionally shorter than that of the superseded Phantom VI that had ceased production in the 1990s; gone however, was the old pushrod V8 engine, its place being taken by an all new 48-valve V12 of 6.7 litres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. 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.
Originally registered in the UK on 27th September 2004 this Phantom is finished in Blue Ice with matching Navy Blue interior. The ‘Lounge’ five seat configuration interior is in good order and complemented by the Burr Walnut dashboard. Ample legroom is a feature of these imposing vehicles; passenger comfort has always been synonymous with Rolls-Royce motor cars. This Phantom is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate and the service books showing its history, latterly carried out by respected marque specialists, the last service being carried out in August 2017 at 66,399 miles. This is an excellent example of the continuation of what was said in 1930 to be the ‘Best Car in the World’. Offered for sale at a very realistic reserve.
Previous lotLot 166 - 1980 Porsche 911 / 930 Turbo
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