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1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II news, pictures, specifications, and information
Henley Roadster
Coachwork: Brewster
Chassis Num: 291 AJS
Engine Num: A95J
Sold for $1,430,000 at 2014 Gooding & Company.
In October of 1929, Rolls-Royce, along with New York-based coachbuilder Brewster and Co., debuted the new Phantom II at the London Olympia Motor Show. Just nine of these stunning cars were built. This chassis, the Henley Roadster (#291), is just one of seven remaining and is perhaps the most beautiful of all Brewster bodies.

The Phantom II's six-cylinder engine was the same size as that of the Phantom I but different in design, with two banks of three cylinders topped by a common head. The chassis was set lower than that of Phantom I. It retained its predecessor's long hood, but the radiator was higher and the suspension was by half-elliptic rather than cantilevered springs. The chassis was often driven straight from the shop to the chosen custom coachbuilder.

The Phantom II, a very rugged and reliable auto that was the much faster than previous Rolls-Royces, was the last model designed by Henry Royce. Whether it was a sedan, limousine, coupe, convertible or tourer, almost all had superbly proportioned coachwork. Rolls-Royce provided full service and spare parts for the Phantom II even after World War II.

By 1931, the Derby factory produced their first series of left-hand-drive chassis, though the Rolls-Royce Company was nearing the brink of extinction. The Great Depression had caused many fortunes to shrink; those who were still able to afford an elegant Rolls-Royce were not willing to part with the small fortune that a new Brewster-bodied Phantom commanded.

200 examples of the new AMS and AJS series Phantom IIs were initially planned, but only 125 were dispatched over a three-year period. Even though the Great Depression had compelled other business to go other new markets, Brewster maintained its unwavering standards of excellence and fashion.

The Rolls-Royce Springfield Ghost had the Piccadilly, the Phantom I had the York, and the Phantom II had the Henley. The Henley was an open two-seater that was a perfect balance between traditional Rolls-Royce demeanor and American flair, offering both style and grace. It had a raked and V'd windshield, a streamlined look, belt molding that narrowed under the cockpit, and a gracefully tapered tail.

The Henley made its first public appearance at the New York Auto Show of 1931. If it's elegant design and mechanical prowess did not take the onlookers breath away, the staggering $21,500 asking price surly did. It was the second most expensive car on display, eclipsed only by another Brewster-bodied Phantom.

In total, just eight Henley roadsters and a single, one-off Henley coupe were built on the Phantom II chassis.

This Rolls-Royce, chassis number 291 AJS, was shipped to New York aboard the SS Antonia. Upon its arrival in the United States, the chassis was sent to Brewster & Co., where it was fitted with Henley Roadster coachwork and prepared for its first owner.

The car sold new in August of 1933 to banker Ernest Leroy King of Winona, Minnesota and subsequently spent more than 25 years as a centerpiece of the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, MI, before passing to noted collector Rick Carroll. It was restored by Stone Barn Inc. of Vienna, NJ.

Early in the cars life, presumably while in the care of its first owner, the Henley Roadster was fitted with skirts on the front fenders and more modern headlamps. When Mr. King passed away in 1949, the car joined the Henry Ford Museum collection in Dearborn, Michigan. The car remained there for 25 years before being sold to Rick Carroll of Palm Beach, Florida. Under Mr. Carroll's care, the car was treated to a restoration and then selectively displayed at several concours events, earning a First Prize at a 1983 CCCA Grand Classic.

After Mr. Carroll's death, his collection was dispersed through a stand-alone auction in May of 1990. The Imperial Palace of Las Vegas acquired the Henley Roadster, and it remained on display in the collection for nearly a decade. From there, ownership passed to collector Mark Smith. In August 2002, after a brief period in his ownership, Mr. Smith sold the car to the current caretaker. The new owner commissioned a comprehensive cosmetic restoration.

In August of 2003, the freshly restored car was displayed at the Pebble Beach Concurs d'Elegance. It later won First in Class at the 2005 Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance and the 2007 Palos Verdes Concours d'Elegance.

The car has mirror-like black paintwork, wheel discs, and contrasting beltline. The interior is finished in cognac leather and wood veneers.
Freestone & Webb Sedanca de Ville
Coachwork: Freestone & Webb
Chassis Num: 115TA
Sold for $76,050 at 2006 Bonhams.
This 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II 40/50hp Sedanca de Ville began life as a Sports Saloon with coachwork by Hooper. Later in life, it was given this Sedanca de Ville bodystyle, courtesy of the Freestone & Webb coachbuilding firm. The canopy can be rolled up and is attached at the roof. There is a spare wheel on the exterior rear trunk. This car spent the early parts of its life in England, coming over to the US where in the late 1970s where it has dwelled in California with most of its time spent in a garage.

The Phantom II was a popular favorite for coachbuilders. The chassis came in two sizes, a 144-inch and a larger 150-inch. The six-cylinder overhead valve engine was potent enough to carry the elegant creations at competitive highway speeds.

This car was offered for sale at the 2006 Bonhams & Butterfields auction held at the Quail Lodge in Carmel, California where it was estimated to sell between $100,000 - $120,000. At auction, bidding fell short of the estimated value, with the high bid reaching $76,050.

By Daniel Vaughan | May 2007
Henley Roadster
Coachwork: Brewster
This wonderful un-restored Rolls-Royce is part of a series of cars that was Rolls-Royce's last effort to market a set of cars strictly for the American market. An earlier effort of producing parts in England and shipping them to the U.S. for assembly and coachwork in Springfield, M.A, had failed, and the new effort involved building left-hand drive chassis in England and shipping them over for American coachwork by Brewster. In all, only 125 left-hand drive chassis were built, of which 116 came to the US. Of these, only nine were fitted with the beautiful Henley Roadster bodywork. This example was received by Doris L. Benz as a college graduation gift from her father in 1933, in Boston. She never married, and the car spent the bulk of its time at a family summer home in NH, where the car was periodically serviced at a Rolls-Royce service facility near Boston. The car had just under 34,000 miles when she passed away, and the Bahre Collection acquired it from her estate and is the second owner of this untouched original gem.
By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2007
Coachwork: Barker
The coach work on this automobile was produced by Barker. This automobile was one of two Rolls-Royce cars especially built for the 1933 Paris Automobile Show. The original British owner was a D. A. Sursock. The most noted use of this automobile was by High Majesty King George V to review the Royal Air Force planes at Mildenhall in 1935. The automobile came to America in the 1960's.

This automobile is powered by a 7.7-Litre (7668cc/467 cubic-inch) pushrod OHV straight six cylinder engine.

This automobile is not a show car but is consistently used for antique automobile touring in the United States. You might recognize this automobile as being a former Ault Park Concours d'Elegance poster car.
Newport Town Car
Coachwork: Brewster
Founded in England in 1906, Rolls-Royce established its United States presence in Long Island City in 1913, although World War I halted sales at just 100. Sales and United States production resumed in 1921 in Springfield, Massachusetts.

The company produced 2,944 American Rolls-Royce cars before being closed in 1931, due to the Great Depression.

In 1933, Rolls-Royce completed 30 Phantom II Motor Cars. Brewster Town Car body types, in which the chauffeur steers in the open, carried the names Huntington, Newport, Savoy, and Keswick. Of the 13 different models sold in 1933, eight Newports, like this example were delivered, including one to legendary playboy Tommy Manville.

With five owners since the car was first produced, this 145-inch wheelbase legend was bodied in America on a chassis imported from the United Kingdom. According to the present owner's knowledge, the car has only been shown at the Detroit 'Eyes on Design' in 1998. Other than 'Eyes' and the 2008 Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance, the car has been housed in private collections.
Henley Roadster
Coachwork: Brewster
This is one of eight Phantom IIs built by Rolls-Royce with Henley Roadster coachwork by Brewster. Originally built for Tommy Manville as a gift to his wife, it was considered one of the most elegant body styles available on the 7-liter, 6-cylinder Phantom II chassis. Many of the styles of coachwork created by Brewster for Phantom I and II chassis were named after English towns and countries, like Newmarket, Henley and Pall Mall.
Convertible Roadster
Coachwork: Letourner et Marchand
This Rolls-Royce was found in a state of total disrepair in a shed in England. It was originally bodied as a Towncar by Hooper. Unfortunately, it ended that phase in a barn with the body rusted beyond repair.

The remains were located by Bob Peterson of Petersen Engineering, of Beaworth Mill Devon. A complete restoration of the engine and chassis was done, but the body was too far gone to be usable at all. Bob Petersen decided that if a complete rebuild was to be undertaken, some personality was to be added. He completely rebuilt the body in the style of a Delage D-8 bodied by Letour & Marchant. The construction was exactly as it was done in 1933. This was designed and built in the original manner of metal over a wood frame.

Bob used the car as his own personal conveyance for 8 years before selling it to the current owners.
Town Car
Coachwork: Brewster
Chassis Num: 218 AMS
Engine Num: u45J
Sold for $2,310,000 at 2008 RM Auctions.
Sold for $1,936,189 (€1,456,000) at 2010 RM Auctions.
This Rolls Royce Phantom II has a long hood, sculpted windows, German silver hardware, a low razor edge roof design, and a dramatic V-windshield. Inside there is gold plated hardware, vanity cases, indirect lighting, and lambs' wool carpets. When new, this Brewster bodied Town Car was $31,000 making it the most expensive car in the world built that year. It was over 50% more than the 'Twenty Grand' Duesenberg created that same year.

This is a very special automobile that has had only three owners since new. The first owner was C. Matthew Dick, an heir to a major business machine company. This car was created for his new bride who would be traveling between social events and required proper transpiration. Mrs. Dick kept the car at her estate in Newport, RI. The second owner was Gerald Rolph who retained the car for over 40 years. Much of that time was spent in storage in his Isle of Man estate off the coast of England. The present owner is a Colorado individual who purchased the car over a decade ago. It has been shown at numerous events and has earned several Best of Show and Elegance awards. It has been on display at the foremost museums.

In 2008, this vehicle was offered for sale at the 'sports & Classics of Monterey' presented by RM Auctions. It was sold for $2,310,000 including buyer's premium.

By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2009
Open Tourer
Coachwork: Hooper
Chassis Num: 110 MY
Engine Num: JC 75
The Phantom II had a redesigned chassis that allowed the vehicle to be lowered by nearly nine inches. By using a new suspension layout consisting of semi-elliptic springs that were underslung in the rear, this lowered setup was possible. Other mechanical changes occurred for the Phantom II such as the clutch and gearbox were made into a single unit and the implementation of a synchromesh transmission for hte first time in Rolls-Royce history.

Chassis number 110 MY has a well documented history that began on October 19th of 1932. It was ordered by A.A. Hutchinson of New York City who put down a sizable deposit. It was sent to Hooper & Company, Ltd. on December 4th of 1933, where it was clothed in the unusual open-tourer body featuring roll-up windows. The engine is a 7668cc six-cylinder unit that produces 120 horsepower.

For nearly two decades, the location of this Open Tourer was uncertain. At some point, it was ordered by Paul Lutey of New York, who sold it on August 18th of 1953 to Kraemer Luks of Mountain View, New Jersey. A year later, having regretted his decision to sell the car, Mr. Lutey attempted to negotiate a trade for the car. Mr. Luks declined. When Mr. Luks passed away, the car became the possession of his widow, Gertrude. She sold the car on October 27th of 1975 to her daughter, Cynthia Luks Martin. It was advertised for sale seven years later in the Flying Lady, and was purchased by Edward Ardis of Media, Pennsylvania.

Over the next 18 months, the car was meticulously restored. It was sold on December 20th of 1983 to Lawrence and Jane MacElree of Newton Square, Pennsylvania. The current owner acquired the car in 1990, trading a 1931 Cadillac V-12 convertible and a 1919 Kissel Goldbug for the Hooper-bodied tourer.

The car is currently finished in British Green with tan hides, has a tan top and wood dash and door cappings. There is a four-speed synchromesh gearbox with overdrive and four-wheel servo-assisted brakes. In both the front and rear are semi-elliptic springs providing the performance characteristics of a sporting Continental.

In 2009, this PII Open Tourer was offered for sale at the Gooding & Company auction held in Scottsdale, Arizona where it was estimated to sell for $250,000 - $350,000. The lot failed to find a bidder willing to satisfy its reserve. It was left unsold.

By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2009
Boat Tail Skiff
Coachwork: W.B. Carter Coach and Boat Builders
Chassis Num: 184PY
High bid of $170,000 at 2009 RM Auctions. (did not sell)
Sold for $198,000 at 2010 Gooding & Company.
The New Phantom was launched in May of 1925, and would later become known as the Phantom I. It brought with it a new and more modern engine, yet retained a chassis similar to that of the Silver Ghost. The same was true for the transmission, with the old cone-type clutch replaced by a new single dry plate clutch. In September of 1929, Rolls-Royce announced that the New Phantom chassis would no longer be offered. It was replaced with the Phantom II, which made its debut at the Olympia Motor Show. It had a more refined, updated chassis and an improved engine, mounted in unit with the transmission. There were hydraulic shocks and the use of underslung semi-elliptic springs for both front and rear axles. The frame was lower and gave the vehicle a reduction in ride height.

Production of the Phantom II was brief, lasting from 1929 to 1935 with approximately 1,767 examples produced.

This Phantom II roadster has a wooden body executed by W.B. Carter Coach and Boat Builders of Cambridgeshire, England. It features solid wood construction using dowel-and-peg joinery throughout, with the sole exception of the hood, which utilizes wood veneer over steel panels, to protect it from engine heat. The interior is leather.

James C. Leake imported this car to the United States, and later sold it in 1982 to Millard Newman. The car was later sold to Mr. Lutgert before coming into the ownership of the current owners in 2005.

In 2009, this Phantom II Boat Tail Skiff was offered for sale at the Sports & Classics of Monterey auction in Monterey, California presented by RM Auctions. The car was estimated to sell for $225,000-$275,000. The lot failed to sell after achieving a high bid of $170,000.

In 2010, this vehicle was offered for sale at the Pebble Beach Auction presented by Gooding & Company. The car was estimated to sell for $250,000 - $350,000. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $198,000 inclusive of buyer's premium.

By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2010
Newport Town Car
Coachwork: Brewster
Chassis Num: S75T
Sold for $129,250 at 2010 RM Auctions.
This Phantom II wears a Newport Town Car body with coachwork by Brewster. It has elegant curved hood doors, a raked windshield, and a close coupled body. This car was commissioned for Mrs. M. Armstrong-Taylor of Sacramento Street in San Francisco, California. It was built in England and shipped to the Springfield plant for coachwork, arriving August 15th of 1933. The completed car was delivered to Mrs. Armstrong-Taylor in mid-October of that year.

The second owner was C.L. Cummins who purchased it in July of 1946. About two years later, it was sold again, this time to New York City resident Eugene Levay. By the late 1970s, the car was in the hands of Texas collector Rich Atwell, Sr. It would remain in that collection for about 25 years before it was sold to Dean Kruse, who displayed the car in his museum in Auburn, Indiana. The current owner purchased the car at the Kruse auction in Hershey in October of 2005.

While in the Atwell Collection, the car was given a complete restoration. It was later exhibited at the classic Car Club of America meet in Kalamazoo, where it won its class.

In 2010, the car was offered for sale at the Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey auction presented by RM Auctions. The car was estimated to sell for $100,000-$150,000. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $129,250 including buyer's premium.

By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2010
Newport Town Car
Coachwork: Brewster
In 1933, 30 of these cars were completed with Brewster Town Car bodies, exposing the chauffeur to the elements, and just eight Newports were delivered.

The Phantom II debuted at the London Olympia Motor Show in 1929. Its engine was the same size as the Phantom I but it had six cylinders in two rows of three topped by a common head, and the chassis was lowered.
Newport Sedanca de Ville
Coachwork: Brewster
Chassis Num: 203 AMS
Sold for $199,500 at 2011 Bonhams.
This Phantom II Rolls-Royce was built for the United States market. It wears Newport Sedanca de Ville coachwork outfitted by Brewster. The hood stretches from the radiator to the windshield, a styling cue that would become one of Dutch Darrin' trademarks but not for a few years. There are hallmark Brewster design traits of arrow shaped door handles, raked windshield and fender. The luggage rack is a compact arrangement which folds directly into the body.

The contract for the car was dated February of 1930, with the completed chassis being tested in April of 1932 and taking to the water in August of 1933. Two months later it was fitted with the Newport body. Mrs. Mabelle Armstrong-Taylor of San Francisco, CA was the vehicle's first owner. The next owner was C.L. Cummins in Palo Alto, CA in July of 1946. Subsequent owners include Eugene Levay of New York City (1948), Baron Edward Albano Zinco (1952), David Rosenheim of West End, NJ (1974), and Edward Wurzel of Canton OH (1978). The next owner of the car was Richard Atwell in Texas. While in Mr. Atwell's care, the car was treated to a restoration. Upon completion, it was finished in two tone burgundy livery. It would pass through another owner before coming into the care of the late John M. O'Quinn, later passing to the present owner.

In 2011, this vehicle was offered for sale at the Quail Lodge auction presented by Bonhams. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $199,500 inclusive of buyer's premium.

By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2011
Coachwork: Castagna
This left-hand drive model chassis was initially ordered by Mrs. W. H. Luden, of the Luden Cough Drop Company family. It was delivered on New Year's Eve in 1932. Mrs. Luden commissioned the Brewster Body Company to transfer her Castagna body from her previous Isotta-Franschini chassis to that of her new Rolls-Royce.

The Rear portion of this car is exceptionally elegant, with hand carved and polished hardwoods. It also carries a chauffeur notification system; there are buttons in the rear and a corresponding lit wheel in the driver's compartment. This allows an English command, from the rear, to be delivered to a button displaying an appropriate French, German or Italian command to the driver.

The current owner purchased the car in a thousand pieces. It required a five year long restoration to appear in its current condition. It is the only example of a Castagna body on a Rolls-Royce chassis.
Transformable Tourer
Coachwork: Hibbard and Darrin
Chassis Num: 216AMS
This Phantom II has been enjoyed by the same family for over 5 decades. It was recently lovingly restored over the course of eight years by the son of the car's fourth owner. (The car was purchased back in 1958.) This car (chassis 215AMS) was built in England and shipped to the United States to be bodied by Brewster. Its first owner didn't like the Brewster design and an unidentified replacement body was found. After ten years and much research, this body was finally identified by Howard 'Dutch' Darrin himself as the prototype that he and Tom Hibbard had built in Paris in the late 1920s. This important body was the basis of many future Hibbard and Darrin creations and was used to demonstrate design features to potential customers.
Sport Saloon
Coachwork: Brewster
Chassis Num: 295AJS
Engine Num: R45A
Sold for $192,500 at 2012 RM Auctions.
This Rolls-Royce is believed to be one of only 113 left-hand-drive, British-built, American-bodied Phantom IIs, and appears to be one of only seven Brewster Sport Sedans. The close-coupled, balanced body design is almost coupe-like, yet offers passengers the convenience of a four-door sedan.

Brewster & Co. was located on Long Island, New York. They were the favored body supplier for the American Rolls-Royce Works in Springfield, Massachusetts. Design cues include its rear-hinged front doors, raked windshields, 'Trilin' taillamps, mahogany running boards, double-flat bar bumpers, and straightforward instrument panels (Brewster hallmarks that were widely copied by coachbuilders in the 1930s).

Mr. Ruger purchased this 4-door Sport Saloon in the early-2000s. A previous owner was Mr. Paul Zimmer cira 1948-52 and later went to Jack Frost of Detroit, who owned it for nearly 30 years and won a class award at an RROC meet in 1976, along with a series of Best in Class and Best in Show trophies. It then went to the Atwell Collection in Texas before joining the Ruger Collection. As-acquired, it had modernized front fenders with side-mounted spare tires. While in Mr. Ruger's care, John Abrahamson of Enfield Auto Restorations was commissioned to return the fenders to their prewar specification, which eliminated the spares. The work included the development of a rear spare tire mount in accordance with Rolls-Royce practice of the era.

In 2012, the car was offered for sale at the St. Johns sale presented by RM Auctions. It was estimated to sell for $200,000 - $250,000 and offered without reserve. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $192,500 inclusive of buyer's premium.

By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2014
Newmarket Tourer
Coachwork: Brewster
Chassis Num: 217 AMS
Engine Num: U35J
Sold for $154,000 at 2013 Gooding & Company.
In early 1931, Rolls-Royce made a delivery of 200 Derby-built Phantom II chassis to Brewster & Co. in Long Island City, New York, following the close of its assembly plant in Springfield, Massachusetts. Numerous modifications were required to make the newly introduced Phantom II suitable for the American market. The cars were converted to left-hand drive steering, adjustments made to the suspension, and 20-inch wheels were installed. Cars destined for the U.S. were given chassis names 'AJS' or 'AMS' suffix to help distinguish them from the other Phantom IIs meant for other markets.

Brewster bodied Phantom IIs were given several body styles including the Henley Roadster, the Newport Town Car, the Croydon Victoria, and the Newmarket Convertible Sedan. The bodies were built to high standards using high-quality materials and old-world construction methods.

This example, a Brewster-bodied Newmarket Tourer, wears chassis number 217 AMS. It was originally shipped to the United States aboard the SS Scythia, arriving at the Port of Springfield on November 8th of 1933. The car originally wore a Henley Roadster body when delivered to its first owner, S.M. Swenson on February 28th of 1934. Less than a year later, the car was returned and given a Newmarket body. With its new coachwork, the car was delivered to Charles J. Rosenbloom of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on November 16th of 1935.

After World War II, the car was in the care of Jack Carroll of Altoona, PA. It was sold by Mr. Carroll on July 6th of 1950 to Prew Savoy of Washington, DC. A month later, it was purchased by Malcolm C. West of Columbia, Tennessee. In 1955, R. Ridley of Nashville, Tennessee advertised the Phantom II for sale in the Bazaar section of The Flying Lady. Ownership later passed to Nelson Trabue of Nashville; from there it was sold to T.W. Douglas of Hardin, Kentucky. In April of 1959, it was purchased by Edward J. Schmitt of Louisville, Kentucky. It would remain in his care until his passing in the mid-1970s where it was offered for sale at the Kruse Cincinnati Auction in April of 1976. The current caretaker purchased the car at that auction.

In recent years, the car has been given a comprehensive body-off restoration. It is finished in light gray with contrasting dark gray chassis, fenders, and beltline molding. It has period-correct features such as the door crests, rear passenger screen, and accessory trunk. The engine has been rebuilt with new bearings, pistons, valves, and cylinder blocks. A power steering system has been installed to make it more suitable for touring.

The 7668cc overhead valve, six-cylinder engine is fitted with a single updraft Rolls-Royce carburetor and produces 120 horsepower. There is a four-speed manual gearbox and four-wheel servo-assisted mechanical drum brakes.

By Daniel Vaughan | May 2013
Newport Town Car
Coachwork: Brewster
Rolls-Royce debuted the Phantom II at the 1929 London Olympia Motor Show. The Phantom II was Henry Royce's last design before he died in April of 1933; production spanned just six years from 1929 to 1935, with approximately 1,681 examples produced. With its underslung rear springs, the ride height was reduced by nine inches from the earlier Phantom chassis, which made it possible for more modern and sleek coachwork to be fitted.

This very original Phantom II is one of only 30 Brewster-bodied Phantom IIs built in 1933. It has a striking Newport close coupled body with its distinctive raked windshield and elegant curved hood doors. The Newport and its cousin, the Riviera, were among the best-looking town cars of their town.
Henley Roadster
Coachwork: Brewster
By 1931, when the Derby factory produced their first series of left-hand drive chassis, Rolls-Royce of America and its associate Brewster were nearing the brink of extinction. The previously brisk business of the 1920's abruptly slipped away as customers were increasingly hesitant to part with the small fortune commanded for a Brewster-bodied Phantom. While 200 of the AMS and AJS series Phantoms were initially planned, only 125 examples were assembled over a three-year period. The Henley made its initial public appearance at the 1931 New York Auto Show. It was the second most expensive car at the Rolls-Royce display (only eclipsed by another Brewster bodied Phantom) at $21,500. Only eight Henley Roadsters were assembled. They found acceptance among people such as the Vanderbilts and Tommy Manville.
Coachwork: Crosbie & Dunn. Ltd.
This 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II was delivered to George Heath Ltd. for Crosbie and Dunn Coachbuilders. It was sold to H. A. Crane, Esq. of Earlswood Lodge, Knowle, England. The current owners purchased the car in 1984 from Morris Stein of West Bloomfield, Michigan. It participated in and completed the 1985 Great American Race from Los Angeles to New York, a nine day 3,400 mile rally. The Phantom II has just completed a 14 month restoration. The Rolls-Royce engine has six-cylinders is 468 cubic inches and a horsepower rating of 43.3 hp. The wheelbase measures 12 feet 6 inches.
The Phantom II was the first completely new car since the 20HP seven years earlier. The Phantom II was still rated 40/50 HP but was lower and the springing half-elliptic all around.
The car, although to Royce's design and specification, was mainly the work of his West Wittering design team and included many innovations and a redesigned engine that, wîth the gearbox, was now one unit.

The introduction of the Phantom II, only four years after the Phantom I, was prompted again by increased competition from other manufacturers, particularly Buick and Sunbeam. Ironically, the head of Buick had bought a Phantom I and, which so impressed everyone at Buick that they stripped it and copied much of what they learned.

Royce himself knew they were lagging behind: 'I have long considered our present chassis out of date. The back axle, gearbox, frame, springs have not been seriously altered since 1912. Now we all know it is easier to go the old way, but I so fear disaster by being out of date, and I have a lot of stock left, and by the sales falling off by secrets leaking out, that I must refuse all responsibility for a fatal position unless these improvements in our chassis are arranged to be shown next autumn, and to do this they must be in production soon after midsummer 1929.'

Royce was influenced by the lines of the current Riley Nine, and the manner in which the rear passenger's feet were tucked comfortably under the front seats in 'boxes', enabling 'close-coupled' coachwork to be fitted. Royce decided to build a special version of the car for his personal use.

Superb coachwork wîth modern styling was now available and Royce decided on a lightweight sporting body, which Ivan Evenden designed and Bakers built. This car became the forerunner of the legendary Phantom II Continentals.

The chassis is the standard Phantom II short model wîth a few modifications. These consist of a low §teering column and specially selected springs. There never was a defined speciation of a Continental Phantom II. The series to series engineering improvements were applied to all chassis.

Source - Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Limited
The Rolls-Royce Phantom II was very similar to the Phantom I in many ways, but brought improvements such as a higher horsepower rating and the removal of the traditional torque-tube drive. Instead, the engine and gearbox were constructed in unit with each other rather than being separate. The Autovac was now using an engine-driven pump. A new water-heated induction system was used. The Battery and magneto ignition was the same as in the Phantom I. Built-in centralized lubrication was now a standard feature and the Catilever rear springs were shed in favor of semi-elliptic units. The bodies of the car sat atop of a separate sub-frame which helped eliminate distortion.

After the construction of the first Phantom II, named the 18 EX, it was put through its paces on a 10,000-mile test drive to identify the vehicles short-comings and to ensure the vehicle was constructed to Rolls-Royce standards. The car was driven on many types of terrain and at various speeds. It was reported that the car drove best at 70-mph.

Most of the left-hand drive coachwork, those vehicles intended for the United States market, was handed by Brewster and Co. The European versions were bodied by names such as Hooper, Arthur Mulliner, Park Ward, Barker, and Thrupp & Maberly.

Construction of the Phantom II lasted from 1929 through 1935, at which point it was succeeded by the Phantom III and its large twelve-cylinder engine.

By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2007
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◾Ram 1500 EcoDiesel HFE increases highway MPG rating to 29 ◾EcoDiesel tops next nearest competitor by 12 percent ◾21 MPG City and 24 MPG Combined are highest EPA ratings for any pickup ◾EcoDiesel HFE will be first diesel powertrain offered in Ram 1500 Express model January 13, 2015 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - The Ram Truck brand today announced that it will add a new, more fuel-efficient model to its half-ton truck lineup and further extend its claim on the industry's highest fuel effic...[Read more...]
Edsel Ford's Speedster Stars at 'The Amelia'
Edsel Ford's 'continental car', a custom boattail speedster, will take its rightful place in the Sports Car Class of the 18th annual Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance. In the shape of Edsel's seminal speedster is the genesis of Ford's legendary design department. Edsel Ford was hardly 'a chip off the old block'. The acorn fell well away from the mighty oak that was Henry Ford, founder of the Ford Motor Company. Edsel was not just the President of Ford, he was a car guy to his core. His ta...[Read more...]
Barrett-Jackson Flavors Its January Scottsdale Auction With NASCAR Treats
The great Henry Ford once said, 'Auto racing began five minutes after the second car was built.' And for more than 60 years, there are few entities that better represent auto racing in America than NASCAR. From the hallowed grounds of Daytona International Speedway, to Sonoma, California's intricate and picturesque road course, the sp...[Read more...]

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