2005 Rolls-Royce Phantom
|Odometer reading||11,577 miles|
|Estimate||£65,000 - £78,000|
- Very low mileage
- Good overall condition
A 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 At 140 ½ inches, the new car's wheelbase was only fractionally shorter than that of the superseded Phantom VI that had ceased production in the 1990s; gone however, was the old pushrod V8 engine, its place being taken by an all new 48 valve V12 of 6.7 litre 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.
Presented in Diamond Black with black leather interior, this superbly maintained flagship of the famous marque is offered with only a mere 11,577 miles on the odometer. It enjoys all the usual refinements one would expect, including electric memory seats, sunroof, rear entertainment screens built into the roof lining, hidden umbrellas in the rear doors and satellite navigation to name a few of the factory fitted options. Its condition is extremely good considering its age but clearly with very little mileage covered, it shows none of the wear and tear that other models of this age now show. Realistically reserved, this presents great value for money and still offers that regal ride we all clamour for.
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.