Transformable
Coachwork: Hibbard and Darrin
Chassis Num: S317KP
Engine Num: 20178
Sold for $524,000 at 2012 Bonhams.
Sold for $742,500 at 2015 Bonhams.
It was 1925 and the fabled Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, which had been launched in 1906, was being retired. After seven years of testing, the six-cylinder Phantom chassis was introduced. The New Phantom, as it was called, received the Phantom I designation retrospectively when the Phantom II appeared on the scene in 1930. From 1926 until as late as 1931, Phantom I's were built in Springfield, Massachusetts, in addition to those in England. Of the total 3,340 Phantom I's produced, 1,241 were built stateside.

This Hibbard and Darrin Rolls-Royce is unique because it is a 'one of a kind' body. The windshield is not only split, but it is also 'vee' shaped. It is believed Hibbard and Darrin built this car to be unique under the instruction of Joseph Von Sternberg, Marlene Dietrich's director, who was responsible for bringing her to Hollywood. He purchased the car under instructions from Paramount Studios, who paid for it. The car was presented to Miss Dietrich along with a dozen roses and $10,000 in a checking account when she arrived in Hollywood. The car was used in several of her movies, including 'Morocco.' The green gold-flaked paint is the original color, which was duplicated by PPG and applied to the car. With a powerful 7.7 liter, 113 horsepower, six-cylinder engine and luxuriously appointed interior, it is no wonder this car remained her favorite car for many years.

This is one of 35 Phantom I's to wear coachwork to varying styles by Hibbard & Darrin. Howard 'Dutch' Darrin designed and held a patent for the Torpedo Transformable Phaeton of this model, which features distinctive trapezoidal-shaped side windows.

Chassis# S317KP

2015 Bonhams Amelia Island Auction
Estimated Value:$700,000-$1,000,000 
Sale Price$742,500
2012 Bonhams - The Scottsdale Sale, Az
Sale Price$524,000

Analysis

Chassis number S317KP Auction Sales History
2015$742,500
2012$524,000

2017 1
2016 1
2015 1
2014 1
2013 1
2012 1
2011 1
2010 3
2005 1
2004 2

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2017$178,750$178,7501
2016$352,000$352,0001
2015$742,500$742,5001
2014$198,000$198,0001
2013$187,000$187,0001
2012$524,000$524,0001
2011$99,000$99,0001
2010$282,667$403,0003
2005$68,425$68,4251
2004$155,125$170,0002

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1930 sales)
1930 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM I NEWMARKET ALL WEATHER PHAETON
Chassis#: S126PR
Sold for $178,750
  2017 Bonhams : Scottsdale, AZ
    
1930 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM I YORK ROADSTER
Chassis#: S111FR
Sold for $352,000
  2016 Bonhams : The Amelia Island Auction
  
1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Transformal Phaeton
Chassis#: S317KP
Sold for $742,500
  2015 Bonhams Amelia Island Auction
    
1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Newmarket
Chassis#: S126PR
Sold for $198,000
  2014 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours
    
1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom 1 Newmarket All Weather Phaeton
Chassis#: S126PR
Sold for $187,000
  2013 Bonhams - Greenwich Concours d'Elegance
    
1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Transformal Phaeton
Chassis#: S317KP
Sold for $524,000
  2012 Bonhams - The Scottsdale Sale, Az
    
1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Newmarket
Chassis#: S484MR
Sold for $99,000
  2011 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auctions
    
1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Ascot Sport Phaeton
Chassis#: S368LR
Sold for $403,000
  2010 Bonhams - Quail Lodge
 
1930 Rolls-Royce Rolls-Royce Phantom I Newmarket
Chassis#: S126PR
Sold for $170,000
  2010 Gooding and Company : The Amelia Island Auction
  
1930 Rolls-Royce Springfield Phantom I Salamanca
Chassis#: S476MR
Sold for $275,000
  2010 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
 
1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Dover Limousine
Chassis#: S469MR
Sold for $68,425
  2005 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor Cars, Motorcycles & Automobilia
 
1930 Rolls Royce Phantom 1 Newmarket Convertible Sedan
Chassis#: S126PR
Sold for $170,000
  2004 Bonhams - MOTOR CARS
    
1930 Rolls-Royce PI Newmarket Conv Sedan
Chassis#: S126PR
Sold for $140,250
  2004 Vintage Motor Cars and Boats at the Houston Classic
    
1930 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM I REGENCY
Sold for $28,050
  2001 Barrett-Jackson - Scottsdale 2001
 

No Sale

1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom I's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1930 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM I NEWMARKETS126PR2015 BarrettJackson Scottsdale   
1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Dover LimousineS153PR2005 Bonhams RollsRoyce, Bentley & Selected PreWar Motor Cars & Automobilia $55,000$75,000
1930 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM I TOURING 2001 Kruse Auction Auburn, IN$150,000  

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