1933 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Phantom II ContinentalSOLD
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Estimate: £60,000-70,000

Sold: £90,045

Close Coupled Sports Saloon by Thrupp & Maberley

In the 1930s, Rolls-Royce set new standards with its Phantom series. It was achieved not by making great technical breakthroughs, but by using the very best of proven technology. One could argue that various Hispano Suizas had more advanced specifications, but one has to note that many of them are now fitted with Rolls-Royce gearboxes. There were no weaknesses in the cars which Rolls-Royce made which is why, when the company began to use the slogan, 'The Best Car in the World' it was regarded as measured opinion backed by solid collateral.

The Phantom II, introduced in 1929, was said to have been the last model that Royce designed himself, working from his villa in the South of France. Between 1929 and 1935 around 1,770 of these chassis were built, being available in 144" and 150" wheelbase lengths, the former being used for the Continental models. Improvements were made throughout this time, and for 1930 the tyre size was reduced from 21" to 20" after chassis no. 169 GN, and back-axle bearings modified after chassis no. 120 GH. Power was increased by raising the compression ratio, weight reduced by 200 1bs and road holding and handling greatly improved by adopting semi-elliptic rear suspension. These chassis were very popular with the major coachbuilders of the day, and some truly glorious cars were made.

This particular car was sold to Rootes Ltd. of Piccadilly in June 1933 for Close Coupled Sports Saloon Coachwork by well respected coachbuilders Thrupp & Maberley and was featured on the coachbuilder's stand at the Olympia show of the same year and subsequently first sold to a Mr E Taylor of Sutton/Surrey. Sadly, by the 1950s, this extremely handsome sports saloon had suffered serious neglect and was left in the 1950s in an underground warehouse where it remained for the next decade, eventually being sold in 1959 for £ 10 plus £ 25 for four new tyres. Despite being rescued, it was a further ten years before commencement of the restoration began in 1969 when it was purchased by well-known Rolls-Royce enthusiast Mr John Donner at a cost of £ 1,150 with much work being done by Nicholas Harley on the chassis, Wilkinson's for the restoration of the coachwork and final engineering assembly being done by the well respected Rolls-Royce specialists Sargent's of Goudhurst resulting in one of the finest restorations of this period. Once finished, this wonderful Rolls-Royce took part in the Alpine Commemorative Rally of 1973 and is recorded in the Alpine Commemorative record of this rally and is also featured in two of the most important Rolls-Royce authoritative works, "The Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental" (Dalton Watson) and "Those Elegant Rolls-Royce", also edited by Dalton Watson.

Swansea V5 document and MOT certificate. A most elegant and rewarding driver's close coupled sports saloon with fully operating sunroof. Finished in dove and shell grey with matching hide interior.

Reference Number 10855

as of 7/4/2007

Car 1933 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Phantom II Continental