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1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III

Chassis number : 3AZ178

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The Rolls-Royce Phantom III was the final large Rolls-Royce built before the war. Introduced in 1935, it was the only V12 Rolls-Royce until the introduction of the Silver Seraph in 1998. The unique disappearing top coachwork on this PIII (chassis 3AZ178) was built by Thrupp & Maberly to replace the car's original Barker limousine body. It was specifically ordered by the Maharaja of Darbhanga for touring in Europe. Later, the Maharaja had it shipped home A total of 710 Rolls-Royce Phantom IIIs were built between 1936 and 1939, many being delivered to titled customers. This is a rare example built by Barker with Sports Torpedo Cabriolet coachwork. It was built to the order of His Highness Balbhadra Narayan Bhanj Deo, the last Maharaja of the State of Keonjhar. It was shipped to Bombay in September 1937 with a cream body, light blue fenders, light green top, and green leather interior, which must have been quite a sight in its day. The car was only used for ceremonial and religious purposes. He owned the car from 1937, until his death in the 1960s. The car returned to England in 1969 and remained in the possession of Hugh Boucher until 1999. The car was brought to the US in 1999 and has been owned and enjoyed by the current owner since 2005. Total mileage to date is just over 25,000 miles.

The car is powered by a 7.3 liter 12-cylinder engine, producing 185 horsepower.

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No auction information available for this vehicle at this time.

1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Rolls-Royce Phantom III

(Data based on Model Year 1937 sales)
1937 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III FOUR-DOOR CABRIOLET BY VOLL & RUHRBECK
Chassis#: 3BT187
Sold for USD$493,061
  2021 RM Sothebys : A Passion for Elegance
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III image  1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III image  
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Saloon by Freestone & Webb
Chassis#: 3-CP-2
Sold for USD$57,750
  2020 RM Sothebys : Auburn Fall Auction
 
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sports Saloon by Barker
Chassis#: 3CP166
Sold for USD$74,480
  2019 Historics at Brooklands - Mercedes-Benz World
 
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Chassis and Engine
Sold for USD$68,750
  2019 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall
 
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca Deville
Chassis#: 3BU76
Sold for USD$55,000
  2019 Mecum : Monterey
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III image  1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III image  
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sports Saloon
Chassis#: 3CP8
Sold for USD$22,729
  2019 H & H Classics - Imperial War Museum, Duxford
 
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville by H.J. Mulliner
Chassis#: 3CM67
Sold for USD$145,600
  2019 RM Sothebys : The Guyton Collection
 
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Pillarless Saloon by Vesters et Neirinck
Chassis#: 3CP144
Sold for USD$593,500
  2018 RM Sothebys : Scottsdale, Az.
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III image  1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III image  
1937 Rolls Royce Phantom III
Chassis#: 3AEX33
Sold for USD$78,000
  2017 Branson Collector Car Auction
 
1937 Rolls Royce Phantom III by Park Ward
Chassis#: 3BT147
Sold for USD$124,270
  2017 Coys at Olympia
 
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III 40/50 Touring Limousine
Chassis#: 3AX85
Sold for USD$72,600
  2015 Bonhams : Preserving the Automobile
 
1937 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III DROPHEAD COUPE
Chassis#: 3BT185
Sold for USD$666,189
  2015 Bonhams : The Frederiksen Auction
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III image  1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III image  
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de ville by Windovers
Sold for USD$169,372
  2013 Coys Auction - A236 True Greats
 
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Shooting Brake project
Chassis#: 3 BU 144
Sold for USD$28,750
  2012 Bonhams - Preserving the Automobile: An Auction at the Simeone Foundation
 
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Cabriolet
Chassis#: 3 DL 118
Sold for USD$82,800
  2012 Bonhams - Preserving the Automobile: An Auction at the Simeone Foundation
 
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Aero Coupe
Chassis#: 3BU 184
Sold for USD$473,000
  2012 RM Auctions - Monterey
 
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Limousine by Barker
Chassis#: 3BU124
Sold for USD$55,485
  2012 Aalholm Automobile Collection
 
1937 Rolls Royce Phantom III coupé-chauffeur Mulliner
Sold for USD$96,542
  2012 Artcurial Motorcars at Rétromobile
 
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III 40/50hp Sports Saloon
Chassis#: 3BT93
Sold for USD$97,272
  2011 Bonhams - The December Sale
 
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Special Henley Coupe
Chassis#: 3CP124
Sold for USD$275,000
  2011 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auctions
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III image  1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III image  

Rolls-Royce Phantom IIIs That Failed To Sell At Auction

1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Freestone & Webb Sedanca DeVille3CP382019 Mecum : Monterey   
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Mulliner Sport Saloon3BT1552019 Mecum : Monterey$60,000$250,000$350,000
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sports Saloon3CP1262018 Bonhams : Goodwood Revival $130,000$170,000
1937 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III FREESTONE & WEBB SEDANCA DE VILL3CP382018 BarrettJackson : Scottsdale   
1937 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III SPECIAL NEWMARKET PERMANENT FAUX CABRIOLET3 BT 1292017 Bonhams : Scottsdale, AZ $180,000$250,000
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom lll Sports Limousine3BT852013 Gooding and Company The Scottsdale Auction $275,000$350,000
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Saloon3CM652012 Gooding and Company Pebble Beach Auction $250,000$400,000
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Limousine3AX1252012 H & H Auctions Rockingham Castle   
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III 40/50hp Sports Saloon3BT932011 Bonhams Beaulieu Autojumble, Collectors' Motor Cars $75,000$90,000
1937 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III LIMOUSINE3AX1632011 Worldwide Auctions The Auburn Auction $150,000$200,000
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III3AEX332010 Branson Auctions Spring 2010$37,000  
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Enclosed Sports Limousine3BT852009 Bonhams Bicentennial Pavilion at Hotel Murano $325,000$350,000
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca Deville By Hooper3BT1332009 Pebble Beach Auction : Gooding & Company $180,000$230,000
1937 Rolls Royce Barker Sedanca DeVille 2005 The Florida Collector Car Auction$38,500  
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III 2003 The Florida Collector Car Auction$22,000  

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1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Profiles

1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III vehicle information
Saloon
Coachwork: Mulliner
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III vehicle information
Chassis #: 3BU160
Engine #: F-38-V
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III vehicle information
Four-Door Cabriolet
Coachwork: Vanden Plas
Chassis #: 3-BT-185
Engine #: K-68-R
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III vehicle information
Coupe
Coachwork: Vesters & Neirinck
Chassis #: 3CP144
Engine #: T48J
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III vehicle information
Sedanca
Coachwork: Freestone & Webb
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III vehicle information
Sedanca Coupe
Coachwork: Barker
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III vehicle information
Roadster
Coachwork: Inskip
Designer: Brewster
Chassis #: 3CP18
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III vehicle information
Sedanca Deville
Coachwork: Hooper
Chassis #: 3BT133
Engine #: L58Q
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III vehicle information
Cabriolet
Coachwork: Voll & Ruhrbeck
Chassis #: 3BT187
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III vehicle information
Tourer
Coachwork: Thrupp and Maberly
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III vehicle information
Sports Torpedo Cabriolet
Coachwork: Barker
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III vehicle information
Drophead
Coachwork: Thrupp and Maberly
Chassis #: 3AZ178
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III vehicle information
Saloon
Coachwork: Barker
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III vehicle information
Saloon
Coachwork: Mulliner
Chassis #: 3CM65
Engine #: K48S (titled as K485)
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III vehicle information
Sports Limousine
Coachwork: Hooper
Chassis #: 3BT85
Engine #: V88G
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III vehicle information
Sports Cabriolet
Coachwork: Vanvooren
Chassis #: 3CM81
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III vehicle information
Sedanca Coupe
Coachwork: Barker
Chassis #: 3CP178
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III vehicle information
Special Henley Coupe
Coachwork: Inskip
Chassis #: 3CP124
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III vehicle information
Sports Saloon
Coachwork: Barker
Chassis #: 3CM92
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III vehicle information
Sedanca Coupe
Coachwork: Barker
Chassis #: 3BU76