1933 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Phantom II Towncar by BrewsterSOLD
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Estimate: $150,000-$200,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $209,000

Est. 158hp, 467 cu. in. (7668cc) overhead-valve inline six-cylinder engine, three-speed manual transmission, leaf spring and solid axle front suspension, leaf spring and live axle rear suspension, four-wheel hydraulic servo-assisted brakes. Wheelbase: 145"

Three years after the 1906 founding of Rolls-Royce in England, a representative arrived in the U. S. to promote sales of the elegant motor car among America’s elite. An arrangement with the Brewster body company to share sales and service space in Long Island City began in 1913, but Rolls imports were shortly put on hold for the duration after total pre-World War I sales of just 100.

fter the war, the home company decided the American market justified local assembly, and Rolls-Royce of America began production in Springfield, Mass. in 1921. Silver Ghost and, after 1925, Phantom I chassis were shipped from England to be converted to left-hand drive and equipped as Americans liked things, three-speed transmission rather than four-speed, for instance. They were then fitted with bodies from American coach-makers, made to order for wealthy customers. By the time it closed in 1931, as even millionaires felt effects of the Great Depression, the Springfield plant had produced 2,944 American Rolls-Royces. Deliveries had fallen from 350 in 1929 to only 73 in 1931.

Though the factory had ceased production, Rolls-Royce of America continued selling off its older chassis inventory in the thirties as well as taking orders to equip some 119 new 144-inch wheelbase Phantom II “Continental” (left-hand-drive) chassis imported from the U.K. All Rolls-Royce cars were to be fitted with custom bodies, in the U. S. mostly but not exclusively by its own Brewster, acquired in 1926. For American appeal, Brewster designs carried such traditional British names as Stratford, Piccadilly, Oxford, Pall Mall and Mayfair.

In 1933, Rolls-Royce filled orders for some 30 Phantom II motor cars such as the gray beauty offered here. Brewster’s town car body types, where the chauffeur steers in the open, carried the names Huntington, Newport, Savoy and Keswick. Of 13 different models sold in 1933, the Newport was the most popular, with eight deliveries, including one to legendary millionaire playboy Tommy Manville.

The 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II “Continental” Brewster Newport Town Car pictured here, finished in two-tone gray with light gray pin striping, was treated to a complete restoration by Classic & Exotic Restorations of Troy, Michigan in 1999, immediately after which it was acquired by Mr. McMullen.

Having been properly stored and maintained in the McMullen collection, the paintwork remains free from any noticeable signs of degradation and still displays a consistent shine and smooth surface texture in all areas. All the brightwork, much like the paint, was meticulously restored, and remains in excellent condition.

The rear passenger compartment is trimmed with gray mohair while the driver compartment is upholstered in dark charcoal gray leather. The Rolls’ upholstery, carpeting and door panels are all in show quality condition, both front and rear, showing no evidence of imperfections, scuffs or wear. Consistent with the rest of the interior, the wood accents were professionally sanded and varnished to a lustrous finish. Likewise, the dash has been restored and detailed and, again, appears to be in show quality condition.

As expected of a concours quality vehicle, the engine compartment and undercarriage were subject to a great deal of attention during restoration, and remain beautifully detailed today. There are some minor components in the undercarriage exhibiting signs of ageing, but overall the underbody remains in very good condition.

Since 1999, this outstanding Phantom II Brewster Newport has won First in Class trophies at both the Meadow Brook Concours and Eyes on Design Automotive Exhibition, attesting to its collector quality and promising ultimate satisfaction for its new owner.

Reference Number 8734

as of 4/18/2007

Car 1933 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Phantom II Towncar by Brewster
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