1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II NewmarketSOLD

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To be sold at the Gooding & Company Amelia Island Auction on March 8, 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 Single Updraft Rolls-Royce Carburetor 120 BHP at 3,000 RPM 4-Speed Manual Gearbox 4-Wheel Servo-Assisted Mechanical Drum Brakes Front and Rear Suspension by Solid Axles and Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs About this Car: In the spring of 1931, following the close of its assembly plant in Springfield, Massachusetts, Rolls-Royce made a delivery of 200 Derby- built Phantom II chassis to Brewster & Co. in Long Island City, New York. The recently unveiled Phantom II chassis required numerous modifications to make it suitable for the American market, including the conversion to left-hand-drive steering, adjustments to the suspension, and 20" wheels. To distinguish these specially designed American market Phantom IIs, Rolls-Royce adopted a new nomenclature, and these chassis carried either an AJS or AMS suffix. To complement the latest Phantom, Brewster developed a range of updated body styles that included the Henley Roadster, the Newport Town Car, the Croydon Victoria, and the Newmarket Convertible Sedan. In keeping with the firm’s longstanding tradition, Brewster handcrafted these luxurious bodies at great expense, employing old-world construction methods and high-quality materials. The results were outstanding, and the transatlantic AJS and AMS series Phantom IIs were among the finest and most costly automobiles of the day. The Rolls-Royce presented here, 217 AMS, is among this desirable breed of Derby-built Phantom IIs and was originally shipped to the US aboard the SS Scythia, arriving at the Port of Springfield on November 8, 1933. According to RROC records, 217 AMS originally wore an exceedingly rare and desirable Henley Roadster body when delivered to its first owner, S.M. Swenson on February 28, 1934. Less than a year after taking delivery, Mr. Swenson returned the Phantom II and substituted a Newmarket body – Brewster’s handsome and versatile convertible sedan – for the original Henley Roadster body. Freshly outfitted in its elegant Newmarket coachwork, 217 AMS was delivered to Charles J. Rosenbloom of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on November 16, 1935. Following WWII, the stately Rolls-Royce was owned by Jack Carroll, a resident of Altoona, Pennsylvania. On July 6, 1950, Mr. Carroll sold 217 AMS to Prew Savoy, a Washington, D.C., attorney. A month later, Malcolm C. West of Columbia, Tennessee, purchased the Phantom II from Mr. Savoy. In 1955, R. Ridley of Nashville, Tennessee, advertised the Phantom II for sale in the Bazaar section of The Flying Lady. At this time, the car was said to be “first rate mechanically” and commanded an asking price of $2,000. Eventually the Rolls-Royce passed to Nelson Trabue, a fellow Nashville resident; from there, 217 AMS was sold to T.W. Douglas of Hardin, Kentucky. In April 1959, 217 AMS attracted the interest of Edward J. Schmitt, a car enthusiast living in Louisville, Kentucky. The Newmarket remained in Mr. Schmitt’s collection until his passing in the mid-1970s, whereupon it was offered for sale at the Kruse Cincinnati Auction in April 1976. The current owner, a longtime car enthusiast, purchased the Brewster-bodied Phantom II at auction in 1976 and has retained it in his personal collection for the past three and a half decades. In more recent years, the consignor performed a comprehensive body-off restoration, returning the Rolls-Royce to its original splendor. Finished in light gray with contrasting dark gray chassis, fenders, and beltline molding, the Newmarket has a delightful, period-correct appearance further highlighted by other charming details like the door crests, rear passenger screen, and accessory trunk. Overall, the presentation is quite impressive, and this Phantom II looks to be a strong candidate for both show and tour. According to the consignor, the engine was rebuilt with new bearings, pistons, valves, and cylinder blocks. In a concession to improve low-speed drivability, a power steering system was installed; this modification is easily reversible and can be removed if so desired. Displayed at the 2012 Louisville Concours d’Elegance in Churchill Downs, this magnificent Brewster-bodied Rolls-Royce will continue to attract the attention and admiration of fine car connoisseurs the world over. A rare and exciting Brewster-bodied Phantom II, 217 AMS stands as a proud reminder of the American Rolls-Royce golden age.

Reference Number 212966

as of 3/14/2013

Car 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Newmarket
VIN 217 AMS 
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