Sedanca Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Mulliner
Chassis Num: 120 SK
Engine Num: GH 55
High bid of $430,000 at 2008 RM Sothebys. (did not sell)
High bid of $350,000 at 2009 Worldwide Auctioneers. (did not sell)
Sold for $357,500 at 2010 RM Sothebys.
Sold for $550,000 at 2016 RM Sothebys.
Sold for $286,000 at 2017 RM Sothebys.
The development of the original Phantom automobile was done in great secrecy. It was given the codename 'EAC', which stood for Eastern Armoured Car. The individual in charge of development was Ernest Hives, carefully placed pieces of armor plating around the factory to help conceal the vehicles development and lend credence to the codename.

In 1929, the Twenty was developed into the 25/30 and the Phantom became the 'Phantom I' as the 'Phantom II' was introduced. The Phantom II was still rated at 40/50 horsepower, as had the Silver Ghost and the Phantom I. The Phantom II was lower and suspension improved with half elliptic on all four corners. This would be Royce's last cars as he died in 1933 at the age of 70.

The Phantom II Continental was built on a short 144-inch chassis and rode on stiffer five leaf springs and a 12/41 axle. The standard axle was an 11/41 unit. The Continental was given a lower floor, a low rake steering column, and Hartford remote-control shock absorbers. Between the years of 1929 and 1935, a total of 1,680 examples of the Phantom IIs were produced and around 280 were the Continentals. Just six were given drophead sedanca coupe bodies by H.J. Mulliner.

This Phantom II Continental Sedanca Drophead Coupe wears coachwork by H. J. Mulliner of London. It was one of the last PII Continental chassis constructed. In May of 1934, the car was commissioned by Jack Barclay's client, Lord Numburholm of Bryanston Square, London. It was used as Barclay demonstrator for several months before being delivered to its original owner, Sir Charles John Wilson, the 3rd Baron Nunburnholme. He had requested the headlamp brackets be shortened, bringing them ¼-inch below the 'shoulder' of the radiator, and that the floorboards of the car be unpainted! The car was also fitted with very comfortable and sporting adjustable front bucket seats, which remain today.

The origins of the 'pontoon'-style fenders remain a mystery. Unconfirmed research pointed to a Parisian Rolls-Royce agent Franco-Brittanic placed an order for the modifications to local coachbuilder Henri Chapron in 1938. It has also been suggested that the fenders were the work of Henri Binder. They are, however, French in their style and a coachbuilt addition 'of the period,' having been on the car by the early 1950s, when it was owned by P.M. Gardner of Negeve, France.

In 1936, it was sold to Mrs. Carrigan of Regent's Park. It is believed that she had the coachwork updated. Mrs. Park retained the car until 1946 when she sold it to Mr. R. A. G. Edwards in Throgmorton Street. It changed hands again in 1949, to Mr. P.M. Gardner in Negeve, France.

Sometime during its life, it was sold to a United States citizen and brought to the US. It was later sold to Frank Allen of Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts and later entered the Barrymore Collection where it stayed for many years. In 2006, the car was purchased by its present owner.

Currently, the car is in mostly un-restored condition but has been well cared for all of its life. It has been given new paint, interior, top, and headliner, and some work to its wood.
By Daniel Vaughan | May 2017

Chassis# 120 SK

2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island
Estimated Value:$500,000-$750,000 
Sale Price$286,000
2016 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island
Estimated Value:$450,000-$650,000 
Sale Price$550,000
2010 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
Estimated Value:$375,000-$450,000 
Sale Price$357,500
2009 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Houston Classic Auction
Estimated Value:$475,000-$575,000 
High Bid (Lot was not sold)$350,000
2008 Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey by RM Auctions
Estimated Value:$550,000-$650,000 
High Bid (Lot was not sold)$430,000

Analysis

Chassis number 120 SK Auction Sales History
2017$286,000
2016$550,000
2010$357,500
2009Pre-Sale Estimates: $475,000 - $575,000
2008Pre-Sale Estimates: $550,000 - $650,000

2017 2
2016 2
2015 1
2014 2
2013 2
2012 1
2011 4
2010 6
2009 4
2008 3

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2017$459,250$632,5002
2016$577,500$605,0002
2015$1,650,000$1,650,0001
2014$248,470$357,5002
2013$57,065$78,5002
2012$97,867$97,8671
2011$146,984$341,0004
2010$514,906$856,3916
2009$274,793$440,0004
2008$136,494$269,5003

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1934 sales)
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Drophead Sedanca Coupe by Gurney Nutting
Chassis#:201RY
Sold for $632,500
  2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island
    
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Drophead Sedanca Coupe by H.J. Mulliner
Chassis#:120SK
Sold for $286,000
  2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island
    
1934 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II CONTINENTAL OWEN SEDANCA COUPE
Chassis#:117RY
Sold for $605,000
  2016 Bonhams : Quail Lodge
    
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Sedanca Drophead Coupe by H.J. Mulliner
Chassis#:120SK
Sold for $550,000
  2016 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island
    
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Sedanca Drophead Coupe
Chassis#:147RY
Sold for $1,650,000
  2015 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours
    
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Sports Saloon by Thrupp & Maberly
Chassis#:Chassis#:29TA
Sold for $139,440
  2014 RM Auctions - London
 
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Drophead Sedanca Coupe by H.J. Mulliner
Chassis#:17 TA
Sold for $357,500
  2014 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
    
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Sedanca Deville
Sold for $78,500
  2013 Leake Auction - Dallas, Texas
 
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Limousine
Chassis#:Chassis#:206PY
Sold for $35,629
  2013 H & H Auctions - Imperial War Museum
 
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Sedanca de Ville
Chassis#:Chassis#:3TA
Sold for $97,867
  2012 RM Auctions - London
 
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Sedanca de Ville by Windovers
Sold for $144,538
  2011 Coys - A217 True Greats
 
1934 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom II Limousine
Chassis#:Chassis#:65RY
Sold for $32,872
  2011 Bonhams - Beaulieu Autojumble, Collectors' Motor Cars
 
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Sports Saloon Project
Chassis#:Chassis#:85RY
Sold for $69,526
  2011 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor Cars
 
1934 Rolls-Royce PII Continental Drophead Sedanca Coupe
Chassis#:147RY
Sold for $341,000
  2011 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Amelia Island
    
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Sports Saloon
Chassis#:Chassis#:157RY
Sold for $159,546
  2010 RM Auctions - Automobiles of London
 
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Drop Head Coupe
Sold for $528,000
  2010 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auctions
    
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Roadster
Sold for $660,000
  2010 Worldwide Auctioneers - The Houston Classic Weekend
 
1934 Rolls-Royce 40/50 hp Phantom II All Weather Cabriolet
Chassis#:188PY
Sold for $856,391
  2010 RM Auctions - Sporting Classics of Monaco
    
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Henley Coupe
Chassis#:221 AMS
Sold for $528,000
  2010 Gooding and Company - Scottsdale Auction
    
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Sedanca Drophead Coupe
Chassis#:120SK
Sold for $357,500
  2010 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
    

No Sale

1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Sports Saloon by Thrupp & Maberly29TA2017 Silverstone Salon Prive   
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Drophead Coupe103GY2017 Auctions America : Auburn Fall $400,000$500,000
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Drophead Coupe162SK2017 Worldwide Auctioneers : Scottsdale, AZ $475,000$575,000
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Sports Limousine141RY2016 H & H Auctions Chateau Impney $80,000$100,000
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Limousine by Barker178 SK2016 Historics at Brookland $45,000$55,000
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Sedanca Drophead Coupe117RY2016 Gooding & Company : The Scottsdale Auction $800,000$1,000,000
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Two-Seater Drophead Coupe2SK2015 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours $1,500,000$2,000,000
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Sports Saloon77RY2013 H & H Auctions Imperial War Museum $160,000$200,000
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Three-Position Sedanca Coupe17 TA2013 Gooding and Company Pebble Beach $500,000$700,000
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental All-Weather Tourer7RY2012 Gooding and Company Pebble Beach Auction $400,000$500,000
1934 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom II Limousine117SK2012 Bonhams Collectors' Motorcycles, Motor Cars and Related Memorabilia & Spares $28,000$32,000
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Sports Saloon109 SK2011 Bonhams Fairfield Concours d'Elegance $160,000$180,000
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental All-Weather Tourer7-RY2011 Gooding and Company Pebble Beach Auctions $600,000$700,000
1934 Rolls - Royce Phantom II TouringLC852011 Russo and Steele Monterey Auction   
1934 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom II Continental Saloon57RY2010 Bonhams RollsRoyce, Bentley Motor Cars and Automobilia $250,000$300,000
1934 Rolls Royce Phantom II Continental 2010 Branson Auctions Spring 2010$200,000  
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II 2010 Branson Auctions Spring 2010$150,000  
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II120 SK2009 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Houston Classic Auction$350,000$475,000$575,000
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Three-Position Coupe92 SK2008 Automobiles of London$250,000$350,000$400,000
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental 2008 Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey by RM Auctions$430,000$550,000$650,000
1934 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom II Tourer50SK2004 Bonhams RollsRoyce & Bentley Motor Cars $38,000$42,000
1934 ROLLS-ROYCE SEDANCA COUPE 2001 Kruse Auction Scottsdale Arizona$75,000  

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