Lot 197 - 2008 Rolls-Royce Phantom
|Odometer reading||54,924 miles|
|Estimate||£95,000 - £110,000|
|Result||Sold - £103,500|
- Can be a VAT qualifying car
- Chauffeur driven
- Long wheelbase example
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 At 140.5 inches, the new car's wheelbase was only fractionally shorter than that of the superseded Phantom VI that had ceased production in the 1990s; gone however, was the old pushrod V8 engine, its place being taken by an all-new 48-valve V12 of 6.7 litres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. 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 rare Rolls-Royce Phantom is a long wheelbase model and comes with an electric division and curtains for additional privacy. She was used as a chauffeur driven limousine abroad and was repatriated to the UK in August 2017 and as such is a VAT qualifying example. Finished in black with grey leather trim, the interior of a Rolls-Royce Phantom is an area of beauty, with ample legroom, leather and walnut. The silent and comfortable ride is synonymous of such a prestigious marque. Supplied with a V5C registration document and a current MoT test certificate, this is an excellent example of the continuation of what was quoted in the 1930s, to be the ‘Best Car in the World’.
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