Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Freestone & Webb
Chassis Num: 3AZ174
The 6200 pound Rolls-Royce Phantom III was driven by a 7.3-liter twelve-cylinder engine producing 160 horsepower, making it capable of 16-second 0-60 mph dashes. W.A. 'Roy' Robotham was responsible for the decision to build the twelve-cylinder PIII after visiting Detroit and being impressed by the multiplicity of cylinders Cadillac, Packard, and others were making at the time. Sir Henry Royce began development on the engine, but died in 1933 before work was completed. Despite its complexity and ultimate expense to manufacture, his team continued work and brought it to production. Robotham was also impressed with GM's independent front suspension design by Maurice Olley, who had formerly been supervising engineer of Rolls-Royce of America. Rights to the GM suspension design were acquired and adapted by Rolls engineers to the new car. The first Phantom III made its debut in 1936.

This vehicle is chassis number SAZ174. It is a 1936 Phantom III Rolls-Royce Drophead Coupe wearing coachwork by Freestone and Webb, and the only one of this body style by them in 1936. Some of the unusual features include a blue glass windshield visor, no side-mount spare tires but is fitted with a rear continental type spare tire and Marchal headlights. The engine is a V-12 (7,338cc / 448 cubic-inch) with 180 horsepower. Only 727 examples of the Phantom III were produced by Rolls-Royce between 1936 and 1939.

This car came to the United States in 1956 and the current owner's father purchased it in 1962. The car has remained in the family since then. A preservation restoration was completed by The Motorcar Company of Staunton, VA in 2010.

Chassis# 3AZ174

No auction information available for this vehicle at this time.

Analysis

Chassis number 3AZ174 Auction Sales History

2017 1
2016 2
2015 1
2014 3
2012 1
2009 1
2006 1
2005 1
2004 1

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2017$74,250$74,2501
2016$65,450$71,5002
2015$57,200$57,2001
2014$301,399$852,5003
2012$1,479,209$1,479,2091
2009$87,405$87,4051
2006$59,512$59,5121
2005$24,005$24,0051
2004$33,733$33,7331

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1936 sales)
1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III V-12 Sedanca Deville
Chassis#:3AX175
Sold for $74,250
  2017 Motostalgia : Amelia Island
    
1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III 40/50hp Sunroof Landaulet Coachwork by Baker
Chassis#:Chassis#:3AX97
Sold for $59,400
  2016 Bonhams : Preserving the Automobile
 
1936 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III 40/50HP SEDANCA DE VILLE
Chassis#:Chassis#:3 AZ 40
Sold for $71,500
  2016 Scottsdale, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
 
1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III 40/50 Touring Saloon with Division Window
Chassis#:Chassis#:3AZ48
Sold for $57,200
  2015 Bonhams : Preserving the Automobile
 
1936 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III SPORTS FOUR-SEATER
Chassis#:Chassis#:3BU86
Sold for $852,500
  2014 Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction
 
1936 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III SEDANCA DE VILLE PROJECT
Chassis#:Chassis#:3AZ170
Sold for $15,396
  2014 COLLECTORS' MOTOR CARS AND AUTOMOBILIA
 
1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III 40/50hp Enclosed Limousine
Chassis#:3 AZ 226
Sold for $36,300
  2014 Bonhams - The Scottsdale Auction
    
1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III 3 Position Drophead By Gurney Nutting
Sold for $1,479,209
  2012 Coys Auction - Monaco 'Legende et Passion'
 
1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville
Chassis#:Chassis#:3AZ24
Sold for $87,405
  2009 Bonhams - Collectors Motor Cars and Automobilia
 
1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Limousine
Chassis#:Chassis#:3AZ134
Sold for $59,512
  2006 Bonhams - A Sale of Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Select Pre-War Motor Cars and Automobilia
 
1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Rolling Chassis
Chassis#:Chassis#:3AX3
Sold for $24,005
  2005 Bonhams - Important Collectors' Motor Cars
 
1936 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom III Saloon with Division
Chassis#:Chassis#:3AZ72
Sold for $33,733
  2004 Bonhams - Rolls-Royce & Bentley Motor Cars
 

No Sale

1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville3AZ2362010 RM Auctions Sporting Classics of Monaco$85,000$150,000$200,000
1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Saloon3AX792009 Pebble Beach Auction : Gooding & Company $250,000$350,000

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