1930 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Phantom II Two Door Sports Saloon SOLD

RM Vintage Motorcars in Arizona - Biltmore Resort & Spa, Friday January 19, 2007

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ESTIMATE: $150,000 - $200,000

$143,000 Sold

158hp, 7668cc overhead valve inline six-cylinder engine with coil and magneto ignition, four-speed transmission, leaf spring and solid axle front suspension, leaf spring and live axle rear suspension and four-wheel servo assisted brakes.

Rolls-Royce dominated the carriage trade from very early on, attracting the elite aristocracy of the United Kingdom and Europe. The Silver Ghost, Rolls-Royce ’ s premier offering was a longstanding success. However, a new model was eventually required and to answer the proposition, this car would have to combine the unmistakable and purely individual traits of a Rolls-Royce.

A direct descendent of the Silver Ghost, the Rolls-Royce Phantom I was launched in May 1925. Sir Henry Royce felt that the Silver Ghost chassis was adequately robust and could not be persuaded that the company needed an entirely new chassis. Compromising, engineers at Rolls-Royce, through a process of careful technical advancement, managed to notably improve the old chassis. This reflected Henry Royce ’ s personal belief in evolution rather than revolution when it came to improvements.

The Phantom I, as impressive as it was, due to ever increasing competition from the United States, was soon in need of a successor. Accordingly, Rolls-Royce made the announcement in September 1929 that the Phantom I chassis would be discontinued. The following month at the London Olympia Motor Show Rolls-Royce debuted its latest chassis, the Phantom II.

It was no surprise that the chassis of the Phantom II was very similar to that of the Silver Ghost and the Phantom I. The Phantom II ’ s four-speed transmission, although similar to its predecessor, through a series of innovations was both quieter and smoother in operation. Other improvements found on the Phantom II included the use of semi-elliptic springs for the front axle, and an underslung design for the rear. The new spring design, when combined with the PII ’ s new lower frame reduced the height of the car in the order of nine inches. P

hantom II production spanned a relatively brief amount of time, only six years between 1929 and 1935. In all, approximately 1,681 examples of the PII were produced. With the customer ’ s choice of coachwork from one of Europe ’ s leading firms, each individual Rolls-Royce was highly distinctive and often tailor-made to the buyer.

The 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Sports Saloon pictured here features custom coachwork by one of the most respected coachbuilding firms in England, H.J. Mulliner. Both H.J. Mulliner ’ s proximity to Rolls-Royce and their outstanding designs of uncompromised quality resulted in a considerable number of Rolls-Royces built between the two World Wars wearing H.J. Mulliner coachwork.

The Sports Saloon, in addition to having unique running boards and fenders, displays a very nice restoration and a very attractive light gray leather interior. The brightwork appears very presentable, as does the dashboard and gauges, all of which indicate a high level of craftsmanship and a pronounced attention to detail during the restoration process.

Finished in a very handsome shade of blue with white striping, matched wheel discs and sidemount spares, the stately Rolls-Royce offered here displays the classic Rolls-Royce elegance one would expect. Overall a very lovely example, the Phantom II will undoubtedly prove to be a delight for its next owner and lucky passengers.

Reference Number 5807

as of 1/9/2007

Car 1930 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Phantom II Two Door Sports Saloon
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