1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental
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The Phantom II Continental was a lightweight sporting car designed by Ivan Evernden and originally built by Barkers. They were based on the short 144-inch wheelbase and fitted with a stiffer five-leaf spring suspension, and a 12/41 axle. This new axle, replacing the standard 11/41 unit, allowed for greater cruising speeds. The engine was given modifications including a compression ratio increase to 5.25:1. Other changes to the car included a Hartford remote-control shock absorbers, low-rake steering column, and a lowered floor.
The PII Contientnal was capable of speeds of 100 miles per hour. There were just 1,680 Phantom IIs were manufactured between 1929 and 1935, and only 281 were Phantom II Continentals.
The Sedanca Coupe was originally designed and built by Gurney Nutting for London Rolls-Royce dealer H.R. Owen. It did not take long before other custom coachbuilders introduced their own styling on this gorgeous design. This example, chassis 32PY, is believed to be an original Gurney Nutting car. This vehicle has a close-coupled body, and two-position convertible top, low windshield.
The original owner of this car, it is believed, was a resident of London, England and sold through the main agents H.R. Owen Ltd. The second owner was also of London, who sold it in December of 1944 to a gentleman in Scotland. It was later sold to Dr. A. Dickson of Aberdeenshire in May of 1948. Mr. Dickson's ownership of the care was longterm, including several years in storage. It was sold in the late 1980s, and given a restoration by Gurney Nutting.
In the early 1990s, the car was sold to a Florida-based collector. It entered another prominent private collection in the Midwest in 1998 or 1999. The interior was converted from tan to blue leather upholstery and carpeting.
The car currently wears paint that was applied nearly 2 decades ago. The Sedanca roof is in dark blue cloth with chrome landau irons. It rides on original wire wheels fitted with aluminum covers painted to match the body. There is a proper 'Spirit of Ecstasy' radiator mascot, and a rear-mounted luggage trunk. The interior is rich medium blue leather upholstery.
In 2009, this Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Sedanca Coupe was offered for sale at the Automobiles of Arizona auction presented by RM Auctions. It was estimated to sell for $500,000 - $600,000. The lot was sold for the sum of $375,000 including buyer's premium.
By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2009
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