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1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Henley Roadster

  • Coachwork by Brewster
  • Chassis Number: 255AJS
  • Engine Number: E95B
Rolls-Royce of America was launched in Springfield, Massachusetts on October 18th of 1919 and produced 2,944 Silver Ghost and New Phantom cars between 1921 and 1931. When production of the Phantom II came to a close in England, Springfield was left with a sparse inventory of Phantom I's and a few imported Phantom II's. The Derby factory then completed a series of 'Americanized' Phantom II chassis and sent them to Springfield. The chassis numbers on these cars ended with either 'AJS' or 'AMS'. The 'A' signified a car modified for the American market.

The American cars were converted from right-hand to left-hand drive. They were given an American-type central gearshift which replaced the British style side lever. The radiator shutters were thermostatically controlled to open or shut depending upon engine temperature, and manual control of extra cylinder lubrication was fitted for cold starts. Other changes included wider brake shoes, heavier rear brake drums, front and rear bumper supports, and higher gear ratios for high-speed touring. Upon completion, the cars were tested in Derby, England, and then shipped to the United States Customs at the Port of New York. The cars, by request of Rolls-Royce of America, were shipped without a tool kit, tires, horn, chassis lubrication fittings, spring gaiters, spark plugs, and hood locks. The purpose was the trim Atlantic-crossing shipping costs. American-sourced parts were fitted once the cars arrived in the US.

The cars with the Rolls-Royce Custom Coachwork were given a small plaque fitted to each car. All body builders for Rolls-Royce cars supplied their designs to Rolls-Royce for approval. Once the body was fitted to the chassis, the coachbuilder returned the car back to Rolls-Royce to be tested before final inspection and delivery.

The Phantom II cars were distinguished from the Phantom I's by their sweeping hood that measured half the length of the car.

The most famous and well known supplier for American Rolls-Royce was Brewster & Company, located on Long Island, New York and founded in 1810. They built their first motor body in 1905 and in 1908, mounted a landaulette on a Silver Ghost chassis. Rolls-Royce of American purchased Brewster in 1925. By 1931, the firm was designing and fitted bodies to the left-hand drive Phantom II's imported from England. During the final five years of Springfield production, nearly all Springfield Rolls' were Brewster-bodied.

This car, chassis number 255AJS, was first owned by Mr. Walton, who was one of only nine clients to order the Henley roadster. The original engine, number E95B, is still with this car. Currently, the car has been owned by the same family for the last four decades. Anthony Preston, of Riverdale and North White Plains, New York, acquired the car in October of 1971.

In 1978, it was given a complete mechanical restoration. When Mr. Preston passed away in 1985, the car remained in the family's possession, stored in a heated garage on jacks and kept dry until 2008, when his family had it mechanically re-commissioned. Since then, the car has traveled just 800 miles; the odometer currently reads 54,800.

This Henley Roadster has a split windshield and a rumble seat. Its period-correct paint scheme, in brown and tan, is executed in glossy lacquer.

In 2012, the car was offered for sale at the Monterey sale presented by RM Auctions. The car was estimated to sell for $750,000 - $950,000 and offered without reserve. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $687,500 inclusive of buyer's premium.

By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2012

2012 RM Auctions - Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $750,000-USD $950,000 
Sale Price :
USD $687,500

1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Rolls-Royce Phantom II

(Data based on Model Year 1931 sales)
1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II H.J. Mulliner Drophead Sedanca Coupe
Chassis#: 229AJS
Sold for USD$555,000
  2024 Broad Arrow Auctions : Amelia
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1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Special Town Car
Chassis#: 238AJS
Sold for USD$36,960
  2023 Bonhams : The Greenwich Auction
 
1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Sports Saloon By Thrupp & Maberly
Chassis#: 8JS
Sold for USD$175,780
  2023 RM Sothebys : Paris
 
1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Henley Roadster by Brewster
Chassis#: 224AJS
Sold for USD$1,297,500
  2022 RM Sothebys : Monterey
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1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Town Car
Chassis#: 279AJS
Sold for USD$123,200
  2022 Bonhams : Amelia Island Concours
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1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Newport Town Car
Chassis#: 264AJS
Sold for USD$123,200
  2022 Bonhams : Amelia Island Concours
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1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II 40/50HP Saloon
Chassis#: 49GX
Sold for USD$109,451
  2020 Bonhams July Motoring Auction
 
1931 Rolls-Royce 40/50HP Phantom II Continental (Sedanca) Drophead Coupe
Chassis#: 67 GX
Sold for USD$201,600
  2020 Bonhams : Amelia Island Concours
 
1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Fixed Cabriolet de Ville by Thrupp & Maberly
Chassis#: 4JS
Sold for USD$168,000
  2019 RM Sothebys : The Guyton Collection
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1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Henley Roadster by Brewster
Chassis#: 211AJS
Sold for USD$566,000
  2019 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island
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1931 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom II
Chassis#: 246AJS
Sold for USD$73,920
  2018 Bonhams : Collectors Motorcars and Automobilia Auction
 
1931 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom II Drophead Coupé
Chassis#: 63GY
Sold for USD$172,810
  2017 Bonhams : London Olympia
 
1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Touring Saloon
Chassis#: 64GX
Sold for USD$155,943
  2017 Bonhams : The Beaulieu Sale
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1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Phaeton
Sold for USD$33,000
  2017 Mecum : Indianapolis
 
1932 ROLLS-ROYCE ROADSTER
Chassis#: 211AJS
Sold for USD$341,000
  2017 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale
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1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Henley Roadster in the style of Brewster
Chassis#: 222 AJS
Sold for USD$451,000
  2013 RM Auctions - Monterey
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1931 Rolls-Royce Springfield Phantom II Henley Roadster
Chassis#: 255AJS
Sold for USD$687,500
  2012 RM Auctions - Monterey
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1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Touring Saloon
Chassis#: 64GX
Sold for USD$178,800
  2012 Bonhams - Quail Lodge Sale
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1931 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom II Saloon Limousine
Chassis#: 9GX
Sold for USD$190,748
  2011 Bonhams - Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Select Pre-War Motor Cars and Automobilia
 
1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Henley Roadster
Chassis#: 224 AJS
Sold for USD$935,000
  2011 The Scottsdale Auction - Gooding & Company
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Rolls-Royce Phantom IIs That Failed To Sell At Auction

1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1931 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom II Newmarket Convertible Sedan234 AJS2018 Bonhams : Collectors Motorcars and Automobilia Auction $300,000$400,000
1931 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II OPEN TOURER115GY2015 Bonhams : The Frederiksen Auction $2,000,000$2,600,000
1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Touring Saloon64GX2013 Bonhams The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale $130,000$160,000
1931 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom II Continental Sports48GX2012 Bonhams Paris, La Halle Freyssinet Motocars $120,000$160,000
1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Close Coupled Coupe195GY2010 RM Auctions Sports & Classics of Monterey$375,000$500,000$600,000
1931 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom II Tourer21JS2010 Bonhams RollsRoyce, Bentley Motor Cars and Automobilia $130,000$150,000
1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II 2008 Hilton Head Sports & Classic Car Auction $125,000$150,000
1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Sedanca De Ville4JS2008 Bonhams Vintage New England $275,000$325,000
1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Croydon240AJS2005 Bonhams RollsRoyce, Bentley Motor Cars and Related Automobilia $150,000$180,000
1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom IIY45M2004 Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auction $200,000$300,000
1931 Rolls Royce Phantom II 2003 Bonhams MOTOR CARS $65,000$85,000
1931 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II CONVERTIBLE COUPE 2001 Kruse Auction Auburn, IN$80,000  
1931 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II HENLEY ROADSTER 2001 Kruse Auction Scottsdale Arizona$435,000  

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