1928 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Special RoadsterSOLD

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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: 7.668 CC OHV Inline 6-Cylinder Engine Rolls-Royce 2-Jet Type Carburetor Stated 40/50 HP at 2,300 RPM 3-Speed Manual Transmission 4-Wheel Mechanical Brakes with Servo-Assist Semi-Elliptic Leaf Spring Front Suspension Cantilever Leaf Spring Rear Suspension, Adjustable Friction Shock Absorbers About this Car: First introduced in 1925, the Rolls-Royce New Phantom, later known as the Phantom I, boasted a six-cylinder engine that displaced almost 7.7 litres and developed 40/50 hp (40 taxable and 50 actual horsepower). By contrast, its chassis was essentially unchanged from that of the preceding Silver Ghost. Rolls-Royce introduced the new Phantom II chassis in 1929. The Phantom continued the tradition of spectral names beginning with Ghost and foreshadowed Rolls-Royce yet to come, the Wraith and Spirit. As a Rolls-Royce, the car was magnificently well built; a three-year guarantee was provided with each Phantom sold, and the owner was encouraged to return his or her car to the factory every 50,000 miles for dismantling and examination. Little wonder these cars were called the “best in the world.” Although the British motoring press reported that the Phantom was “essentially silent at 80 mph,” top speed was never a priority at Rolls-Royce. Henry Royce is reported to have remarked, “High speed is for people who drive other cars. In one of our cars, one isn’t risking one’s head.” The striking body of this Rolls-Royce was crafted by coachbuilder Hibbard & Darrin of Paris. Founded in 1926 by Americans Thomas L. Hibbard, a co-founder of LeBaron coachbuilders, and designer Howard “Dutch” Darrin, the duo designed and built cars through 1931. Hibbard & Darrin bodied a total of 31 Phantom I chassis; without question, their elegant continental designs were among the most handsome of their time. Chassis no. S297FP was built in the Rolls- Royce Springfield, Massachusetts, factory and sent to Paris for fitment of its unique one-off coachwork, described by John Webb deCampi as a “Special Roadster.” This left-hand drive Phantom was initially delivered on June 21, 1930, to Porter B. Chase of West Hartford, Connecticut, a 1918 graduate of Yale University. There is some conjecture that Mr. Chase was affiliated to the banking family of the same name. A series of owners followed, including well-known aficionado Charles LeMaitre. RROC sourced records document ownership through 1991. Unlike many Rolls-Royce of the era, which were sent back to coachbuilders to be re-bodied with what was then considered most fashionable, this Phantom I retains its original Hibbard & Darrin body, no. HD203. According to its current owner, the most recent restoration was completed to a high standard more than 30 years ago. It has also just been fitted with new blackwall tires and a black convertible top which contrasts beautifully with the red and burgundy coachwork. Perhaps most impressive are the well-maintained brass-rimmed gauges inset within the burl walnut dash along with inlaid veneers extending to both doors. A lovely burgundy leather interior and rumble seat complete the seating appointments. The telltale split windscreen immediately identifies the car as a Hibbard & Darrin design. Dual sidemount spares, chrome-plated wire wheels, accessory trunk, and period-correct tubular bumpers are both functional and visually appealing. The consignor reports that it is “a great driving car ideal for touring.” Ideal for Rolls- Royce Owner’s Club driving events or CCCA CARavans, this exquisite Hibbard & Darrin bodied Phantom will be admired wherever it might appear. With known provenance and distinctive coachwork, this is a spectacular automobile not to be missed.

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as of 2/15/2013

Car 1928 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Special Roadster
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