1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III news, pictures, specifications, and information
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.
Sport Saloon
Coachwork: Gurney Nutting
Gurney Nutting Coachwork At its Finest
Frederick Henry Royce made his first car, a 'Royce,' in his Manchester factory in 1904. He met Charles Stewart Rolls on May 4th of that year, and the pair agreed to a deal where Royce would manufactur  [Read More...]
Coachwork: Mulliner
Chassis Num: 3AX79
Engine Num: E98W
This 1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Saloon has an unusual design and history of ownership. It was originally ordered to the specifications of Alan Samuel Butler, the chairman of the de Havillard Aircraft Company. The chassis was sent by Rolls-Royce to   [Read More...]
By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2010
Sedanca deVille
Coachwork: Binder
In 1884, Frederick Henry Royce started an electrical and mechanical business and made his first car, the 'Royce', in his Manchester factory in 1904. He met Charles Stewart Rolls that same year and the two agreed to a plane in which Royce would manufa  [Read More...]
Enclosed Limousine
Coachwork: Hooper
Chassis Num: 3 AZ 226
Engine Num: N 14 M
Sold for $36,300 at 2014 Bonhams.
This Hooper-bodied Phantom III Enclosed Limousine was delivered to its first owner, Sir Walter Rea of London, in January 1937 after its coachwork had been completed. The car was finished in beige and black with grey cloth in the rear passenger compar  [Read More...]
By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2014
3 Position Drophead
Coachwork: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: 3AZ158
The Rolls-Royce Phantom III, introduced in 1936, had a brand new aluminum-alloy 7.32-liter, V12 engine to compete with the V16 Cadillac and V12 Hispano-Suiza. A total of 727 Phantom IIIs were built between 1936 and 1939, and many have survived, inclu  [Read More...]
Sedanca deVille
Coachwork: Windovers
Chassis Num: 3AX175
Sold for $74,250 at 2017 Motostalgia.
This Rolls Royce Phantom III Sedanca De Ville wears coachwork by Windover Coach, Ltd. It has spent many years resting in a private collection. It is currently finished in white and appears to have been given a cosmetic restoration in the 1970s. At th  [Read More...]
By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2017
The Phantom III was the first Rolls-Royce to be fitted wîth a V12 engine, which was probably an inevitable development as the company was already manufacturing aero engines in this configuration.

When the Phantom III was unveiled at the 1935 Olympia Motor Show it was the most technically advanced car in the world and many believe the best car ever made. The 7340 cc. V12 overhead valve engine had a one-piece aluminum alloy crankcase and cylinder blocks and cast-iron wet cylinder liners and aluminum head.

The Phantom II was the first Rolls-Royce to have indendent front suspension; this was of the wishbone type and was controlled by coil springs and hydraulic dampers. The new suspension enabled the radiator and engine to be moved further forward on the shortened chassis, giving coachbuilders scope to build very spacious bodywork.

In chassis form the car cost 1,850 pounds, just 50 pounds more than the far less sophisticated Phantom II this was presumed to have been possibly because the swiftly selling smaller models subsidized the top of the range Phantom III.

During the design process of this car Henry Royce's poor health was failing further and he worried that he would not live to see the outcome of his work. Tragically this proved to be correct.

Source - Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Limited
The Phantom series culminated with the marque's only 12-cylinder chassis, the Phantom III. These great cars were built from 1935 until 1939, when World War II ended production, with only 710 produced. The extremely complex design was the last Henry Royce had any involvement in before his death in 1933, and borrowed heavily from Rolls Royce's experience building airplane engines.
By Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2007
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