1934 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Phantom II115,000 GBP - Fixed Price
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Title: Ex-Dame Gracie Fields & Duke of Buccleuch
Text: 1934 Rolls Royce Phantom II "Limousine De Ville" by Gurney Nutting - 7.7 liter

Chassis Number: 55TA
Engine Number: VT55


Records show that Phantom II chassis number 55TA was ordered by Gracie Fields through London Rolls Royce dealer H.R. Owen on October 2nd, 1934. The chassis was dispatched to coachbuilder Gurney Nutting on January 10th, 1935, and it took approximately 3 months before the car was complete and ready for delivery. The car's history has been confirmed through documents supplied by the Rolls Royce archive (they also supplied the original build specification & test sheets, and a factory photo of this car when new).

Dame Gracie Fields was a legendary British actress/singer/comedienne. On February 15th, 1938, she was honored with the "Commander of the Order of the British Empire" medal from King George VI: http://graciefields.org/wordpress/commander-of-the-british-empire/ more Gracie Fields history: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gracie_Fields

Gracie only kept the car for one year, after which it was sold to "His Grace the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensbury" (the largest private landowner in Europe - 280,000 acres). The car was owned by the Duke's family from 1936 - 1948 and kept at Drumlanrig Castle in Scotland: http://www.drumlanrigcastle.co.uk/the-castle/the-douglases-and-drumlanrig/ The Duke's uncle had been the Chairman of Rolls Royce (he commissioned the original "Spirit of Ecstasy"mascot). His cousin was Lord Montagu of Beaulieu who founded the National Motor Museum at his family estate in Hampshire.

I was made aware of this Pathe newsreel clip from 1946 (the chauffeur of Lady Elizabeth Scott, Duchess of Northumberland sent it to me). It features this same car when it belonged to the Duke of Buccleuch. This was the wedding of Lady Elizabeth Diana Montagu-Douglas-Scott, aunt of the current Duke, to the Duke of Northumberland at Westminster Abbey.

Members of the Royal Family were among the guests at the wedding of the Duke of Northumberland and Lady Elizabeth Montagu-Douglas-Scott. In attendance were: Princess Elizabeth, Princess Margaret, and Queen Mary, the Queen Mother, and King George, and the Duchess of Kent. The Duke of Buccleuch is shown getting out of the Rolls with Lady Elizabeth Scott 10th Duchess of Northumberland (his daughter and the bride).

Britsh Pathe newsreel archive video (The Duke of Buccleuch's Phantom II is shown starting at 1:12): https://youtu.be/iG_u7_xvMX8

The Duke sold the car in 1948 to a Rolls Royce hire service at 21 Cromwell Mews, Kensington, where it was mainly used for weddings and other special occasions. It was eventually exported to the US (circa 1970) and has been here ever since according to the history on file. A well-known classic car collector (and lifetime member of the Rolls Royce Owners Club) named Gordon Dysart bought the car and embarked on a restoration to bring the car back to its former glory. At the time, Gracie Fields ran a small hotel and restaurant on Capri catering to celebrities, and Mr. Dysart actually travelled to the island to visit her and ask for information on the car. She supplied him further details on original colors and materials to help add authenticity to the restoration.

A complete frame-off concours restoration was performed, and the car earned both CCCA & AACA Senior First Place awards. After the restoration, the car was shown numerous times and was always maintained and properly stored. Although the restoration was performed some time ago, the car is still in quite beautiful condition. It almost appears to be a well-kept original rather than a restored car.

Suitable for display in your car collection or museum. This is a very special Phantom II with superb history.

Includes the fitted tool set (under the chauffeur's seat).

This car is located in Santa Barbara California, and available for inspection any time. It is owned by me, not brokered. Worldwide shipping may be arranged via Los Angeles.

Price: ú115000.00

Reference Number 377650

as of 10/7/2019

Location
City Santa Barbara
State California
Country United States United States
 
Private Seller
Overview
Car 1934 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Phantom II
Exterior / Interior Color      Blue /      Blue 
Condition Exceptional 
Configuration Right Hand Drive (RHD) 
Transmission Manual Shift 
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