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1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom I

Chassis number : S199PR

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High bid of $275,000 at 2009 Mecum - Monterey Auction. (did not sell)
High bid of $220,000 at 2009 Mecum - St. Charles Auction. (did not sell)
High bid of $162,500 at 2010 Mecum - Kissimee Auction. (did not sell)
Sold for $286,000 at 2013 RM Auctions - Arizona.
Rolls-Royce's new vehicle, known as the New Phantom, but later referred to as the Phantom I, was a new model that featured a new inline six-cylinder engine based on an aluminum crankcase with the cylinders cast in three pairs. A one-piece, detachable cylinder head featured a thoroughly modern, pushrod-actuated overhead-valve arrangement. Production began in 1925 in derby, England and at Rolls-Royce's Springfield, Massachusetts production facility in 1926, where the Phantom I was built with left-hand drive for the North American market. Two wheelbase lengths, 143.5 and 146.5 inches, were offered for the Springfield cars. Prior to the October 1929 stock-market crash, Springfield production was as high as 12 Phantom I chassis per week. Phantom I construction continued through 1932 at Springfield, while the model had already been supplanted by the Phantom II at Derby in 1929. In all, about 1,240 Phantom Is were built at Springfield.

This seven-passenger tourer was supplied new to original owner J.B. Arthur, of New York City, on April 10th of 1933. Arthur kept the car for two decades before trading it in. It was then owned by Vrest Orton, of Vermont, and by a Mr. Donatoni. It was later acquired by a prominent longtime member of the Classic Car Club of America, in whose care it spent 38 years.

The car has been recently refinished in 'Sea Blue.' Inside is a red leather upholstery, a beige cloth top, and rides on pale blue wire wheels shielded by full wheel covers.

In 2013, the car was offered for sale in Scottsdale, Arizona by RM Auctions. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $286,000 including buyer's premium.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2013

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2013 RM Auctions - Arizona

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $300,000-USD $400,000 
Sale Price :
USD $286,000

2010 Mecum - Kissimee Auction

High Bid (Lot was not sold)
USD $162,500

2009 Mecum - St. Charles Auction

High Bid (Lot was not sold)
USD $220,000

2009 Mecum - Monterey Auction

High Bid (Lot was not sold)
USD $275,000

1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Rolls-Royce Phantom I

(Data based on Model Year 1931 sales)
1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Marlborough Town Car Landaulet by Brewster
Chassis#: S449MR
Sold for USD$95,200
  2020 RM Sothebys : Scottsdale Arizona
 
1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom 1 Town Car Coachwork by Brewster & Co.
Chassis#: S203PR
Sold for USD$91,840
  2018 Bonhams : Greenwich Concours
 
1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Regent Convertible Coupe
Chassis#: S460MR
Sold for USD$112,000
  2018 Bonhams : Greenwich Concours
 
1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Newport Town Car by Brewster
Chassis#: S209PR
Sold for USD$126,000
  2018 RM Sothebys : Scottsdale, Az.
 
1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom 1 Regent Convertible Coupe
Chassis#: S109PR
Sold for USD$236,500
  2018 Bonhams : Scottsdale
 
1931 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM I PLAYBOY ROADSTER
Chassis#: S186PR
Sold for USD$370,105
  2015 Bonhams : The Frederiksen Auction
 
1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Imperial Cabriolet by Hibbard & Darrin
Chassis#: S112PR
Sold for USD$126,500
  2013 RM Auctions - St John's
1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom I image  1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom I image  
1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Seven-Passenger Tourer by Brewster
Chassis#: S199PR
Sold for USD$286,000
  2013 RM Auctions - Arizona
1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom I image  1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom I image  
1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom I
Sold for USD$360,000
  2007 Bonhams, An Important Sale of Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia
1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom I image  1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom I image  
1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Skiff Boattail Speedster
Chassis#: S155PR
Sold for USD$115,500
  2007 RM Auctions The Ponder Collection
 

Rolls-Royce Phantom Is That Failed To Sell At Auction

1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom I's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Newport 2019 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall   
1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Convertible 2019 Mecum : Phoenix Auction$260,000  
1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Newport Town Car 2019 Mecum : Phoenix Auction$115,000  
1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom I RegentS109PR2019 Gooding & Company : Scottsdale Arizona $250,000$325,000
1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Newport Town CarS209PR2019 Worldwide Auctioneers : Scottsdale, Arizona $175,000$225,000
1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Seven PassengerS199PR2010 Mecum Kissimee Auction$162,500  
1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom IS199PR2009 Mecum St. Charles Auction$220,000  
1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom IS199PR2009 Mecum Monterey Auction$275,000  
1931 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM I 2003 Bonhams MOTOR CARS $150,000$170,000
1931 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM I TOWN CAR 2001 Kruse Auction Scottsdale Arizona$87,500  

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1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Profiles

1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom I vehicle information
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Imperial Cabriolet
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Convertible Coupe
Coachwork: Brewster
Chassis #: S137PR