1932 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Phantom II LimousineSOLD
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Estimate: £56,000-62,000

Sold: £64,343

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" and back-axle bearings modified. Power was increased by raising the compression ratio, weight reduced by 2,001bs and roadholding 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 example was ordered on the 11th May 1932 by Mr W Sherwood Barrett Esq. of Park Side Gardens, Wimbledon Common for £2,430 with delivery on 1st November 1932. Mr Sherwood Barrett must have been a slick negotiator as according to the chassis records he managed to talk Rolls-Royce into giving him a 10 pounds and 10 shillings discount. This matching numbers car is in good condition with the engine (WO 55) in fine order and the car having benefited from a full restoration in the late1960s/early 1970s. The fine limousine coachwork by Mulliner is in good order throughout with the rear, separated from the driver by a division, featuring crystal decanters and side-facing dickey seats finished, as with the main seats, in brown leather.

Accompanying the car are a full complement of fitted luggage, some tools and a MoT test certificates dating back to 1972 with 58,000 miles recorded on the certificate for that year. The last MoT test certificate records a mileage of 61,141 and the car will be supplied with a fresh certificate a V5 registration document together with assorted receipts.

Reference Number 13797

as of 10/5/2007

Car 1932 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Phantom II Limousine