1931 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Phantom II All Weather TourerSOLD
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Estimate: ú55,000-65,000

Sold: ú62,108

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 200lb 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 magnificent Phantom II which sports original open touring coachwork by the well -respected and royal coachbuilders Hooper, is finished in dove grey with matching interior. Originally ordered on 1st August 1931 by a Captain Glen, specifying the motor car was for British and Continental touring , hence the fitting of adjustable Hartford hydraulic shock absorbers. Although in need of recommissioning due to its lack of use in recent years, this extremely handsome Rolls-Royce touring car is overall in very sound condition, with good door fittings and complete. Featured in the authoritative works on Rolls-Royce and Bentley motor cars by Halwart & Schrader, page 119. Once recommissioned, there is no doubt this exquisite Rolls-Royce would make any Rolls-Royce enthusiast proud to be seen driving any of the select Roll-Royce rallies and events this handsome car is eligible for.

Reference Number 15767

as of 11/21/2007

Car 1931 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Phantom II All Weather Tourer