1928 Rolls-Royce Phantom I 40/50 hp torpédoSOLD
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Rolls Royce Phantom I 40/50 hp torpédo

Reference Number 127378

as of 5/23/2011

Overview
Car 1928 Rolls-Royce Phantom I 40/50 hp torpédo
VIN 94FH 
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Known History

Sir Henry Royce was a perfectionist, as witnesses the remarkable quality of manufacture of the 1905 40/50-hp Silver Ghost. Through the imposing six-cylinder, 7-litre engine that turned slowly and delivered its power with flexibility and discretion, the quest for a quiet and comfortable ride was already becoming apparent; and because of these virtues, over 6,000 of these vehicles had been produced by 1925. With the passing of the Great War, however, the Silver Ghost began to show its age and the ?little? 20-hp Rolls Royce, launched in 1920 with its more modern design, finally made it obsolete. The patient customers were rewarded in 1925 when, the New Phantom, retrospectively named simply the Phantom I, was unveiled. This vehicle boasted a six-cylinder engine with 7,688 cm3 of capacity, still in two blocks but now encased in a detachable cylinder head with overhead valves, and was the largest car with six in-line cylinders ever produced by the make. Its chassis resembles that of the later Silver Ghosts, with drum brakes on all four wheels, although the cone clutch has given way to a single disc. With its better performance level than its predecessor, and still with exemplary comfort, this new car boasted more modern, and indeed more sporting, bodywork. In 1929 it was superseded by the Phantom II, after 2,212 chassis had been produced.

 

The car presented by us, chassis no. 94FH, was delivered new in 1928 to a Mr A. J. Newberry by Thrupp & Maberly, in hardtop form. Restored at an unknown date, it now boasts elegant bridged runabout bodywork in the Barker Style, enhanced by two additional Grebel headlights including a ?tracking? light alongside the driver. This car was imported into France in 1986 and bought in 1990 by Dr Rollet, of Lyon, who in 1998 was involved in its appearance in the Louis Vuitton Classic China Run. Eventually it arrived in Beijing, where it was shown in Louis Vuitton?s display shop. It then spent much of its time in the Geneva Automobile Museum, where it was serviced regularly by the region?s Rolls Royce expert Paul Peillonex. Bought by its current owner in 2000, it finally went back on the road in 2007. The car comes with copies of manufacture sheets dated 1928, showing that the car is still equipped with its original engine no. QM 25, and detailing all the original pieces of equipment; the car still has its excellent tool box. The bodywork still evokes the intercontinental runs beloved by the British during their visits to the French Riviera. A car of true style. French collector?s title.