Lot 186 - 1969 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI
|Estimate||£95,000 - £110,000|
- Exceedingly low mileage
- From the Harrods chauffeur fleet
The Phantom VI was an ultra-exclusive rolling chassis made from 1968-1990. From 1968 to 1973 it was manufactured by Rolls-Royce Ltd., and during 1973-1990, by its successor, Rolls-Royce Motors. Most of the whole production of 374 units were bodied as limousines, a few landaulettes (12), and at least one as a convertible, and some hearses (4). The Phantom VI was used, until 2002, as official state car by the British Queen Elizabeth II. Based on the Phantom V, the Phantom VI had a re-styled dashboard and was powered by an engine derived from the current Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow. Most of the coachwork was created by Mulliner Park Ward. The Phantom VI was the last Rolls-Royce with a separate chassis built at the London Rolls-Royce coachworks at Hythe Road, Willesden. It featured coil springs to the front, leaf springs to the rear, and drum brakes on all four wheels, later cars having hydraulic power assistance. The car was powered by a V8 6,230cc engine with twin SU carburettors and coupled to a four-speed automatic gearbox. The limousine was based on its predecessor the Phantom V with many improvements and some alterations to the exterior, notably a lower radiator grille and a sloping bonnet.
This interesting Phantom VI has latterly been the property of the world’s leading luxury department store Harrods and its legendary owner Mr. Mohamed Al-Fayed. Prior to joining the fleet of eight other limousines, used exclusively by Harrods for the transportation of visiting VIPs, Dignitaries and Royalty, the car underwent an extensive mechanical and body restoration to the highest standards and was refinished in Harrods’ Green with a basket-weave side effect and a tan roof. It was subsequently fitted with a bespoke green leather interior by SC Gordon Ltd. complete with a television, VHS player, fax machine, wine cooler, cocktail cabinet, three telephones, and a custom headlining screen-printed with the iconic Harrods’ logo. A comprehensive record of this renovation is available for inspection together with the car's previous service history. As part of Harrods fleet, it was expertly maintained in-house regardless of cost and this care has continued with our vendor. This imposing limousine has covered just 10,260 miles from new and is supplied with the aforementioned restoration and service invoices and a V5C registration document. With style, grace, luxury all under one roof, is there any wonder these cars have been enjoyed by the rich, the famous and royalty throughout the world.
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