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1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II


Chassis number : 86SK

Rolls-Royce 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II History Specifications
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Sold for $885,000 at 2022 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach.
When this Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental was discovered after spending 40 years in a barn it was inhabited by a family of Raccoons. Many authorities consider the Phantom II to be the best car Rolls-Royce ever built. It is equipped with an innovative 4-speed synchromesh transmission, and its 6-cylinder engine give its, in Rolls-Royce terms, 'sufficient' horsepower and a top speed of 92 mph. Park Ward of London, known for producing quite formal designs, built this rather extravagant body and exhibited it on their stand at the Olympia Motor Show in London. A total of 281 Phantom II Continentals were produced by Rolls-Royce using a shorter and stiffer sporting chassis and this example is one of the most unusual.

This 'one-off' had the personal hand of F.H. Royce for his intended use from West Wittering Base to Sussex.

Sold for $885,000 at 2022 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach.
Rolls-Royce built 281 examples of its Phantom II Continental, distinguished by a lower steering column, a lower numerical axle ratio, a 144-inch wheelbase, and modified springs. This particular Streamlined Saloon with coachwork by Park Ward Ltd. is equipped with a 7,668cc overhead valve inline 6-cylinder engine fitted with a single Rolls-Royce carburetor and delivering 120 horsepower at 3,500 RPM and paired with a four-speed manual gearbox. At all four corners are servo-assisted mechanical drum brakes.

This Rolls-Royce was the 14th in the sequence of the 16 Phantom II series built and was fitted with the higher 5.25:1 compression ratio and the high-lift camshaft. Built on August 24th of 1934, it was delivered to Park Ward three days later to receive its coachwork. Using the philosophy of form-follows-function, the resulting wind-tunnel design was both aesthetically and aerodynamically pleasing. The flowing lines and pronounced wheel arches were devoid of ornamentation with concealed door, trunk, and hood hinges. Ace wheel discs were at all four corners with the rear being concealed by full spats.

Upon completion, this Rolls-Royce made its debut at the Olympia Motor Show in October 1934 on stand no. 24 as part of the Park Ward display. Its first owner was Helen M. Pritchard of Streetly, England, and it remained in England through 1959 while in the possession of Arnold Greening and Anthony H.C. Proctor.

The car was imported to the United States by 1960 and was owned by Poynton K. Bishop of Mahwah, New Jersey. The list of later owners includes Dr. Samuel L. Scherr of New York City, Ed Engel of Delton, Michigan (1966), Glyn Morris, and Kenneth M. McBride of Seattle. While in McBride's care, it was given a concours level, no-expense-spared restoration by McDonald Vintage Restorations of Canby, Oregon. The work took two years to complete and when it was done, it was shown at the 2005 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance®.

Just before the concours, the car was acquired by Ronald J. Benach of Lake Forest, Illinois. At the show, it was awarded First in Class. The following year, it was shown at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance where it won the Automobile Quarterly Award for Most Elegant Formal Sedan or Town Car.

In 2008, the car was purchased by Tony Vincent and under his care, was shown again at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance® where it received a Third in Class award.

The color scheme that this Continental wears is the same as when it was shown at the Olympia Motor Show. Its black exterior is complimented by Coronet Red mouldings, and the interior features red leather upholstery with black piping. There is a metal sunroof panel over the front seat, and the rear-seat passengers have access to fold-down tables equipped with vanity mirrors fitted into the front seatbacks.


By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2022

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* Please note, dates are approximate

2022 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $800,000-USD $1,200,000 
Sale Price :
USD $885,000

1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Rolls-Royce Phantom II

(Data based on Model Year 1934 sales)
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Owen Drophead Sedanca Coupé By Gurney Nutting
Chassis#: 97 RY
Sold for USD$333,143
  2022 RM Sothebys : Munich
 
1934 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II CONTINENTAL STREAMLINED SALOON
Chassis#: 86SK
Sold for USD$885,000
  2022 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II image  1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II image  
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Drophead Coupe by Freestone & Webb
Chassis#: 203RY
Sold for USD$235,200
  2022 RM Sothebys : Monterey
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II image  1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II image  
1934 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II CONTINENTAL DROPHEAD COUPE
Chassis#: 47RY
Sold for USD$543,077
  2021 Gooding & Company : European Sporting & Historic Collection
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II image  1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II image  
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Cabriolet
Chassis#: 162SK
Sold for USD$190,400
  2019 Bonhams : Quail Lodge Auction
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II image  
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Close-Coupled Saloon by Barker
Chassis#: 83RY
Sold for USD$190,400
  2019 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II image  1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II image  
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Drophead Sedanca Coupe
Chassis#: 164PY
Sold for USD$341,000
  2018 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II image  1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II image  
1934 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II BINDER
Chassis#: 162SK
Sold for USD$385,000
  2018 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II image  
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Drophead Sedanca Coupe by H.J. Mulliner
Chassis#: 120SK
Sold for USD$286,000
  2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II image  1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II image  
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Drophead Sedanca Coupe by Gurney Nutting
Chassis#: 201RY
Sold for USD$632,500
  2017 RM Auctions : Amelia Island
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II image  1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II image  
1934 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II CONTINENTAL OWEN SEDANCA COUPE
Chassis#: 117RY
Sold for USD$605,000
  2016 Bonhams : Quail Lodge
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II image  1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II image  
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Sedanca Drophead Coupe by H.J. Mulliner
Chassis#: 120SK
Sold for USD$550,000
  2016 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II image  1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II image  
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Sedanca Drophead Coupe
Chassis#: 147RY
Sold for USD$1,650,000
  2015 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II image  1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II image  
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Sports Saloon by Thrupp & Maberly
Chassis#: 29TA
Sold for USD$139,440
  2014 RM Auctions - London
 
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Drophead Sedanca Coupe by H.J. Mulliner
Chassis#: 17 TA
Sold for USD$357,500
  2014 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Arizona
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II image  1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II image  
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Sedanca Deville
Sold for USD$78,500
  2013 Leake Auction - Dallas, Texas
 
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Limousine
Chassis#: 206PY
Sold for USD$35,629
  2013 H & H Auctions - Imperial War Museum
 
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Sedanca de Ville
Chassis#: 3TA
Sold for USD$97,867
  2012 RM Auctions - London
 
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Sedanca de Ville by Windovers
Sold for USD$144,538
  2011 Coys - A217 True Greats
 
1934 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom II Limousine
Chassis#: 65RY
Sold for USD$32,872
  2011 Bonhams - Beaulieu Autojumble, Collectors' Motor Cars
 

Rolls-Royce Phantom IIs That Failed To Sell At Auction

1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Park Ward Sports Saloon 2018 Shannons Sydney Spring Classic   
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Drophead Coupe Coachwork by Freestone & Webb203RY2018 Bonhams : Quail Lodge $350,000$450,000
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Sports Saloon by Thrupp & Maberly29TA2017 Silverstone Salon Prive   
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Drophead Coupe103GY2017 Auctions America : Auburn Fall $400,000$500,000
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Drophead Coupe162SK2017 Worldwide Auctioneers : Scottsdale, AZ $475,000$575,000
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Sports Limousine141RY2016 H & H Auctions Chateau Impney $80,000$100,000
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Limousine by Barker178 SK2016 Historics at Brookland $45,000$55,000
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Sedanca Drophead Coupe117RY2016 Gooding & Company : The Scottsdale Auction $800,000$1,000,000
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Two-Seater Drophead Coupe2SK2015 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach Concours $1,500,000$2,000,000
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Sports Saloon77RY2013 H & H Auctions Imperial War Museum $160,000$200,000
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Three-Position Sedanca Coupe17 TA2013 Gooding and Company Pebble Beach $500,000$700,000
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental All-Weather Tourer7RY2012 Gooding and Company Pebble Beach Auction $400,000$500,000
1934 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom II Limousine117SK2012 Bonhams Collectors' Motorcycles, Motor Cars and Related Memorabilia & Spares $28,000$32,000
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Sports Saloon109 SK2011 Bonhams Fairfield Concours d'Elegance $160,000$180,000
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental All-Weather Tourer7-RY2011 Gooding and Company Pebble Beach Auctions $600,000$700,000
1934 Rolls - Royce Phantom II TouringLC852011 Russo and Steele Monterey Auction   
1934 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom II Continental Saloon57RY2010 Bonhams RollsRoyce, Bentley Motor Cars and Automobilia $250,000$300,000
1934 Rolls Royce Phantom II Continental 2010 Branson Auctions Spring 2010$200,000  
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II 2010 Branson Auctions Spring 2010$150,000  
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II120 SK2009 Worldwide Auctioneers : The Houston Classic Auction$350,000$475,000$575,000
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Three-Position Coupe92 SK2008 Automobiles of London$250,000$350,000$400,000
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental 2008 Vintage Motor Cars of Hershey by RM Auctions$430,000$550,000$650,000
1934 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom II Tourer50SK2004 Bonhams RollsRoyce & Bentley Motor Cars $38,000$42,000
1934 ROLLS-ROYCE SEDANCA COUPE 2001 Kruse Auction Scottsdale Arizona$75,000  

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1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Profiles

1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II vehicle information
Drophead Sedanca Coupe
Coachwork: Kellner
Chassis #: 164PY
Engine #: BL 85
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II vehicle information
Touring Saloon
Coachwork: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis #: 8SK
Engine #: LC85
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II vehicle information
Fixed-Head Coupe
Coachwork: Hooper
Chassis #: 70TA
Engine #: MC-65
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II vehicle information
Drop Head Coupe
Coachwork: Gurney Nutting
Chassis #: 201RY
Engine #: NZ25
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II vehicle information
Sedanca Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Mulliner
Chassis #: 120 SK
Engine #: GH 55
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II vehicle information
Sedanca De Ville
Coachwork: Thrupp and Maberly
Chassis #: 171RY
Engine #: WQ45
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II vehicle information
Henley Coupe
Coachwork: Brewster
Chassis #: 221 AMS
Engine #: U75J
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II vehicle information
Drop Head Coupe
Coachwork: Gurney Nutting
Chassis #: 117RY
Engine #: RV 65
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II vehicle information
Sedanca 3-Position Drophead
Coachwork: Gurney Nutting
Chassis #: 147RY
Engine #: KC45
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II vehicle information
All-Weather Tourer
Coachwork: Hooper
Chassis #: 7RY
Engine #: YD-25 or YO-25
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II vehicle information
All Weather Tourer
Coachwork: Thrupp and Maberly
Chassis #: 188PY
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II vehicle information
Streamline Saloon
Coachwork: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis #: 86SK
Engine #: EJ45
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II vehicle information
Sedanca Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Mulliner
Chassis #: 17 TA
Engine #: KE 15
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II vehicle information
Saloon
Coachwork: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis #: 160PY
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II vehicle information
Roadster
Coachwork: Thrupp and Maberly
Chassis #: 2SK
Engine #: NZ85
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II vehicle information
3-Position Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Henri Chapron
Chassis #: 16SK
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II vehicle information
Sedanca Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Mulliner
Chassis #: 104PY
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II vehicle information
Sedanca Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Mulliner
Chassis #: 55RY
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II vehicle information
Drophead Sedanca Coupe
Coachwork: Kellner
Chassis #: 203RY
Engine #: NZ45
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II vehicle information
Cabriolet
Coachwork: Binder
Chassis #: 162SK
Engine #: 2K35
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II vehicle information
Continental Close-Coupled Saloon
Coachwork: Barker
Chassis #: 83RY
Engine #: WQ65
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II vehicle information
Special Brougham
Coachwork: Brewster
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II vehicle information
Continental Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Carlton Carriage Company
Chassis #: 127RY