1935 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Phantom II Three Position Drophead CoupéSOLD
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In the 1930's, 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 200lbs 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.

32 PY, described by the Rolls-Royce Chassis records as an original short chassis Continental, was originally delivered to H.R.Owen for supply to its first owner, a Mr Hesketh Wright of Devonshire House, London, W1. Its current Belgian owners purchased this important Continental Phantom II Rolls-Royce some 30 years ago. When acquired it was obvious that extensive restoration work would need to be undertaken to once again restore this magnificent car to its former glory.

As an engineer with great capability, the majority of the mechanical restoration and overhaul was carried out by the vendor with outsourcing of any specialist works necessary. To complete this car's restoration, the coachwork, upholstery and cosmetic refinishing were entrusted to the well known and highly respected company Rod Jolley Coachworks who have been responsible, over the years, for the restoration and repair of many of the world's most important motor cars. This work was completed at a cost of some £100,000, 15 years ago. Since this time, this fabulous Continental Rolls-Royce considered by many as the ultimate Touring Rolls-Royce Chassis and indeed very rare in its number produced, has seen only minimal use and is today immaculate in its striking coachwork finish of Maroon and Black with immaculate beige hide interior.

Reference Number 5393

as of 12/12/2006

Car 1935 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Phantom II Three Position Drophead Coupé
VIN 32 PY 
Exterior / Interior Color      Maroon /      Beige 
Registration Belgian Registered 
Configuration Right Hand Drive (RHD) 
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