Lot 248 - 2004 Rolls-Royce Phantom
|£52,000 - £65,000
- Three owners from new
- 460bhp 6.7 litre V12
- Private plate included
The Phantom V11 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 At 140½", the new car's wheelbase was only fractionally shorter than that of the superseded Phantom VI that had ceased production in the 1990s; gone however, was the old pushrod V8 engine, its place being taken by an all-new 48 valve V12 of 6.7 litre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 woolen 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 flagship of the famous marque was originally supplied by Rolls-Royce Motors of London on 5th July 2004. Originally supplied in silver metallic but currently wearing a gloss full body wrap in Diamond Black with contrasting cream leather, which is complemented by unmarked Birdseye Maple wooden facias and 22" Mansory wheels giving a contemporary uplift. The registration number H15 RRP (His Rolls-Royce Phantom) comes with the vehicle. From new and until 2010, the servicing found within the original maintenance booklet, was carried out by main dealers and a single specialist. With just three owners from new, Mr. Bainbridge took ownership in 2009 and used the car daily hence the mileage now showing 174,000, however, the current vendor states that it drives like a 50,000 mile car. The previous owner who was the proprietor of 1st Direct Cars, maintained the vehicle and there is also a raft of invoices from PA Wood Rolls-Royce.
ur vendor purchased the car in March of this year and he has used it to attend various social events, he claims it is the most fun he has had with his friend’s, shuttling them in luxury to Le Mans and other events. The car enjoys all the usual refinements one would expect, including electric memory seats, ice cold air conditioning, hidden umbrellas in the poweroperated rear doors (electrically closing), a rotating TV screen mounted to the rear of the beautiful dash clock and overhead driving enchantment lighting to name a few of the factory-fitted options. Currently the audio system is falty and will require attention. Offered with an MoT test certificate until May 2023 and realistically reserved, this car presents great value for money and still offers that unrivalled presence with the powerful silent ride quality we all clamor for. There is no better way to arrive at any event and you owe it to yourself to own one once!
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