Lot 236 - 1973 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI

Lot 236 - 1973 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI

Lot 236 - 1973 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI

Lot Number 236
Registration tbc
Chassis Number PRH4771
Engine Number 4771
Odometer reading 46,399 miles
Estimate £50,000 - £70,000
Result Sold - £56,600
  • Supplied new to a Hong Kong hotelier
  • Featuring glass divide and drinks cabinet
  • Copies of original build sheet in history file

Introduced alongside the Silver Cloud II and Bentley S2 in the Autumn of 1959, Rolls-Royce's new limousine model, the long-wheelbase Phantom V, effectively replaced both the royalty/heads-of-state-only Phantom IV and the Silver Wraith. The latter's relatively short wheelbase (for a limousine) had made it all but impossible for coachbuilders to provide adequate boot space in a comfortable seven-seater automobile, a shortcoming addressed by the Phantom V. Rolls-Royce's in-house coachbuilder Park Ward Limited (later Mulliner Park Ward) produced what was, in effect, the 'standard' seven-passenger limousine coachwork for the Phantom V. This timeless design would survive until 1990, being built in near identical Phantom VI form from 1968, when separate air conditioning for front and rear compartments was standardised together with the Silver Shadow specification 6230cc V8 engine. The usual upholstery for the front compartment was leather, which was also included in the list of alternatives for the rear along with West of England cloth. As one would expect in a car of this class, a cocktail cabinet incorporated into the rear compartment's cabinetwork was one of a host of options that also included electric windows and air conditioning.

Supplied new in Shell Grey with black leather front seats and Fawn West of England trim for the passengers, a combination still present today and in very good order. This coachbuilt example was supplied new to Hong Kong by Metro-Dodwell motors to the Fook Luk Sau Trading co. and delivered to the Miramar Hotel in Hong Kong in May 1974. Featuring a glass divide and drinks cabinet boasting crystal glassware, still in lovely condition today, this Phantom VI would have been and still is the height of luxury. Despite a discount of 17% the first owner paid £13,898.10 including shipping and insurance in July of 1973. This can all be found in the history file containing build sheet, order, shipping details and insurance. Interestingly, during production a last-minute request was submitted to change the colour to Acrylic White but Rolls-Royce denied this. However, they did allow safety belts to be added to the front seats. What better way to be driven than in a car that is trusted by dignitaries and Royals alike.

INTERESTED PARTIES SHOULD NOTE THAT THERE IS NO V5 WITH THE SALE OF THIS LOT, THE V5 HAS BEEN APPLIED FOR AND EXPECTED IN THE COMING WEEKS, ONCE THE DVLA HAVE SUPPLIED THIS IT WILL BE FORWARDED ONTO THE NEW OWNER IN DUE COURSE. (TO CONFIRM ALL TAXES ARE PAID)

Interested parties please note that the estimate on this car is now £50,000-£70,000.

 

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