1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sports Limousine / 3BT85 Vehicle Information

1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III photograph

1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III photograph

1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III photograph

1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III photograph

1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III photograph

1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III photograph

1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III
Sports Limousine
Coachwork: Hooper
Chassis #: 3BT85
Engine #: V88G
Chassis number 3BT85 was sent from the Derby works factory on April 22nd of 1937 for shipment to Hooper & Co. in London. It is a standard length chassis that was given a 'sports enclosed limousine' body and equipped with steering at the 'F' rake, with a steering column 2-inches longer than standard.

Hooper & Co., had ordered the Phantom III on January 26th and fashioned a close-coupled four-door body, designated internally by design no. 6998. The body features sweeping, uninterrupted lines, an integrated trunk, and chrome moldings that highlight the hood sides, beltline, and fenders. There are no side spare carriers which help complete the long, elegant, flowing design.

Inside, the occupants are greeted by a large sliding sunroof, an electric window divider, and picnic trays that stow neatly in the center partition. There are monograms on the rear doors, painted in gold rather than the standard finish.

The completed Rolls-Royce was delivered to Colin Hamlyn Gilbert of Birmingham, UK, on July 21st. In 1952, Mr. Gilbert purchased a new Bentley R-Type with Park Ward coachwork and sold the pre-war Rolls-Royce. Dr. J.A. Wakes-Miller acquired the car in 1954. Three years later, L.F. Pittman became the next owner, but sold it the following year to H.H. Davies. In 1961, ownership passed to J.A. Bartlett. Classic car dealer Gipsey Mead of Ongar, Essex advertised the car for sale in 1975 in the Motor Sport, describing the vehicle as a restored Rolls-Royce. Three years later, it was again offered for sale, this time at Christie's auction in Birmingham, where it sold to William Meredith-Owens of the Standard Motor Museum. It was later owned briefly by Robert Martin Jr. of Texas, before returning to the UK and joined Malcolm Ginn's collection of Rolls-Royce motorcars.

Between 1999 and 2000, the car underwent an extensive restoration. The coachwork was stripped to bare metal and refinished in dark blue, with a complete re-trim of the upholstery in sewn grey leather.

Frank R. Miller of Santa Barbara became the next owner. It was displayed at the 2002 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, where it received a class award. Several years later, it was sold to John Spencer Bradley of Los Angeles, CA.

In 2013, the vehicle was offered for sale at Gooding & Company's Scottsdale, Arizona auction. It was estimated to sell for $275,000 - $350,000. Bidding failed to satisfy the vehicle's reserve and it would leave the auction unsold.


By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2013


2013 Gooding and Company - The Scottsdale Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$275,000-$350,000 
Lot was not sold

2009 Bonhams - Bicentennial Pavilion at Hotel Murano

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$325,000-$350,000 
Lot was not sold

1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1937 sales)
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sports Saloon by Barker
Chassis#: 3CP166
Sold for $74,480
  2019 Historics at Brooklands - Mercedes-Benz World
 
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Chassis and Engine
Sold for $68,750
  2019 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall
 
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca Deville
Chassis#: 3BU76
Sold for $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 $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 $145,600
  2019 RM Sothebys : The Guyton Collection
 
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Pillarless Saloon by Vesters et Neirinck
Chassis#: 3CP144
Sold for $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 $78,000
  2017 Branson Collector Car Auction
 
1937 Rolls Royce Phantom III by Park Ward
Chassis#: 3BT147
Sold for $124,270
  2017 Coys at Olympia
 
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III 40/50 Touring Limousine
Chassis#: 3AX85
Sold for $72,600
  2015 Bonhams : Preserving the Automobile
 
1937 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III DROPHEAD COUPE
Chassis#: 3BT185
Sold for $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 $169,372
  2013 Coys Auction - A236 True Greats
 
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Shooting Brake project
Chassis#: 3 BU 144
Sold for $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 $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 $473,000
  2012 RM Auctions - Monterey
 
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Limousine by Barker
Chassis#: 3BU124
Sold for $55,485
  2012 Aalholm Automobile Collection
 
1937 Rolls Royce Phantom III coupé-chauffeur Mulliner
Sold for $96,542
  2012 Artcurial Motorcars at Rétromobile
 
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III 40/50hp Sports Saloon
Chassis#: 3BT93
Sold for $97,272
  2011 Bonhams - The December Sale
 
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Special Henley Coupe
Chassis#: 3CP124
Sold for $275,000
  2011 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auctions
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III image  1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III image  
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville
Chassis#: 3CP192
Sold for $223,190
  2011 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor Cars
 
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca deVille
Chassis#: 3BU160
Sold for $209,000
  2010 RM Auctions - Sports & Classics of Monterey
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III image  1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III image  

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Mulliner Sport Saloon3BT1552019 Mecum : Monterey$60,000$250,000$350,000
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Freestone & Webb Sedanca DeVille3CP382019 Mecum : Monterey   
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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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1936 Sedanca deVille
Coachbuilder: Binder
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1936 Sport Saloon
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1936 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1936 Sport Saloon
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1936 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Schutter and van Bakel
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1936 Enclosed Limousine
Coachbuilder: Hooper
Chassis Num: 3 AZ 226
Engine Num: N 14 M
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1936 Sedanca de Ville
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: 3AEX37
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1936 Sedanca deVille
Coachbuilder: Windovers
Chassis Num: 3AX175
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1936 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: 3AX79
Engine Num: E98W
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1936 3 Position Drophead
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: 3AZ158
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1936 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Freestone & Webb
Chassis Num: 3AZ174
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1937 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Barker
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1937 Sedanca Coupe
Coachbuilder: Barker
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1937 Sports Torpedo Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Barker
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1937 Sedanca
Coachbuilder: Freestone & Webb
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1937 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1937 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Thrupp and Maberly
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1937 Four-Door Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: 3-BT-185
Engine Num: K-68-R
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1937 Drophead
Coachbuilder: Thrupp and Maberly
Chassis Num: 3AZ178
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1937 Sedanca Deville
Coachbuilder: Hooper
Chassis Num: 3BT133
Engine Num: L58Q
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1937 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Voll & Ruhrbeck
Chassis Num: 3BT187
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1937 Sports Limousine
Coachbuilder: Hooper
Chassis Num: 3BT85
Engine Num: V88G
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1937 Sedanca Coupe
Coachbuilder: Barker
Chassis Num: 3BU76
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1937 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: 3CM65
Engine Num: K48S (titled as K485)
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1937 Sports Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Vanvooren
Chassis Num: 3CM81
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1937 Sports Saloon
Coachbuilder: Barker
Chassis Num: 3CM92
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1937 Special Henley Coupe
Coachbuilder: Inskip
Chassis Num: 3CP124
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1937 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vesters & Neirinck
Chassis Num: 3CP144
Engine Num: T48J
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1937 Sedanca Coupe
Coachbuilder: Barker
Chassis Num: 3CP178
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1937 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Inskip
Chassis Num: 3CP18
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1938 Sedanca de Ville
Coachbuilder: Barker
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1938 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Mazzara & Meyer
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1938 All-Weather Limousine
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1938 Sedanca de Ville
Coachbuilder: Hooper
Chassis Num: 3-CP-200
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1938 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: James Young
Chassis Num: 3AX193
Engine Num: V58F
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1938 Sedanca de Ville
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: 3CM61
Engine Num: R98L
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1938 All-Weather Limousine
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: 3DL56
Engine Num: H78W
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1939 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: 3DL122
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1939 Limousine
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: 3DL184
Engine Num: N88Q


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