1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom lll Sports LimousineSOLD

Gooding & Company Classic Car Auctions

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To be sold at the Gooding & Company Scottsdale Auctions on January 18 and 19, 2013. For further details please visit www.goodingco.com or contact a vehicle specialist at 001.310.899.1960 or specialist@goodingco.com. Engine Specifications: 7,338 CC OHV Alloy V-12 Engine Downdraft Twin-Choke Carburetor Power Undisclosed 4-Speed Manual Gearbox 4-Wheel Servo-Assisted Drum Brakes Independent Coil-Spring Front Suspension Live Rear Axle with Semi-Elliptical Springs About this Car: On April 22, 1937, this Phantom III, chassis 3BT85, was sent from the Derby works and prepared for shipment to Hooper & Co. in London. According to a copy of the Rolls-Royce build record, this standard-length chassis was specified for a “sports enclosed limousine” and equipped with steering at the “F” rake, with a steering column 2" longer than standard. Hooper & Co., who had ordered the Phantom III on January 26, fashioned a close-coupled four-door body, designated internally by design no. 6998. The Sports Limousine moniker is quite appropriate, as the overall design is very modern and striking for a formal-bodied Rolls-Royce of the period. Perhaps the most memorable elements of the coachwork are the sweeping, uninterrupted body lines; beautifully integrated trunk, and dramatic chrome moldings that highlight the hood sides, beltline, and fenders. These splendid features and the unusual lack of side spare carriers contribute to a marvelous outward appearance that is unique among Phantom IIIs. The elegant design was carried into the passenger compartment, where occupants are greeted by a large sliding sunroof, an electric window divider, and picnic trays that stow neatly in the center partition. A final personalized touch was the application of monograms on the rear doors, painted in gold rather than the standard finish at an extra cost of £6. On July 21, the completed Rolls-Royce was delivered to Colin Hamlyn Gilbert of Birmingham, UK, who was then serving as chairman of Goodman Brothers & Stockman Ltd. A loyal client of Rolls-Royce, Mr. Gilbert presumably purchased the new Phantom III to replace his aging Barker-bodied 20/25 hp. In 1952, Mr. Gilbert purchased a new Bentley R-Type with Park Ward coachwork and sold the pre-war Rolls-Royce. According to factory records, Dr. J.A. Wakes-Miller acquired 3BT85 in 1954. Three years later, L.F. Pittman assumed ownership of the Rolls-Royce, but sold it the following year to H.H. Davies. In 1961, the Phantom III passed into the hands of J.A. Bartlett. In 1975, classic car dealer Gipsey Mead of Ongar, Essex, advertised 3BT85 in Motor Sport, describing the Rolls-Royce as a beautifully restored example. Three years later the impressive Phantom III was offered at a Christie’s auction in Birmingham, where it sold to William Meredith-Owens of the Stratford Motor Museum for £17,000. Following a brief sojourn to the US, where it was owned by Robert Martin Jr. of Texas, 3BT85 returned to the UK and joined Malcolm Ginn’s exceptional stable of classic Rolls-Royce. Between 1999 and 2000, 3BT85 underwent an extensive restoration conducted by leading UK specialists. During this time, the coachwork was stripped to bare metal and repainted in a handsome dark blue finish, with a complete re-trim of the upholstery in finely sewn grey leather. The mechanicals were then entrusted to respected Phantom III authority John Merryfield for a comprehensive review and necessary attention. From there, noted Rolls-Royce and Bentley collector Frank R. Miller of Santa Barbara purchased the freshly restored Phantom III and displayed it at the 2002 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, where it received a well-deserved class award. Following several years in the Miller Collection, 3BT85 was sold to John Spencer Bradley, a Los Angeles collector with a passion for exquisite Rolls-Royce. During Mr. Bradley’s ownership, the Phantom III resided among a superb collection of coachbuilt Phantoms and consistently received cosmetic and mechanical attention. One of the most appealing and highly stylized Phantom IIIs, this sensational Rolls-Royce presents very well and will be a welcome addition at national concours, as well as CCCA and RROC meets. A much admired and undeniably attractive Phantom III, 3BT85 is a true prize for the collector who appreciates the timeless elegance of a custom-tailored Rolls-Royce.

Reference Number 205361

as of 2/15/2013

Car 1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom lll Sports Limousine
VIN 3BT85 
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Formerly the Property of Frank Miller and John Bradley