While the Phantom I inherited its underpinnings from the Silver Ghost, the Phantom II, launched in 1929, employed an entirely new chassis, with semi-elliptic rear springs replacing the cantilever springing of the Ghost and Phantom I. The new low-slung frame, with its radiator set well back, enabled coachbuilders to clothe the new car in a more modern style, often creating sleeker designs rather than the more upright ones of the past. This Phantom II bears unusual open touring coachwork created by the London firm of Hoooper. This design is more traditional than the often closed designs of the mid-1930s created by the same company.
This 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Hooper All-Weather Tourer is a one-of-a-Kind vehicle; it was offered for sale at the 2007 Blackhawk Collection Exhibit held at the Pebble Beach Concours. It carried a price tag of $345,000 and was quick to find a buyer.
This beautiful example is a long wheelbase All-Weather Tourer designed and built by Hooper for Count P. Bon de Sousa of Paris. This car was built to Continental specifications and is equipped with chromium plated fittings, Lucas P100 headlamps, Rolls-Royce mascot, Lucas windscreen wipers, side lamps and a sun screen was fitted across the top of the windshield. Sometime in the early 1950's the car was shipped across the pond with a GI to California. In 1970, the car moved to Northern California about 150 miles north of San Francisco. You can see a factory photo in Dalton's 'Those Elegant Rolls-Royce' on page 112. A meticulous restoration to the highest standard was carried out in 1995 and numerous awards, including many best of class have been won. After being in the same ownership for 37 years, this car is ready for the next chapter. Since its restoration, this car has won the RROC prestigious Hooper Award, honorary judges awards, and first in class at about every show where she has been judged.Also photographed at :