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1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Torpedo Tourer

  • Coachwork by Barker
  • Chassis Number: 50XJ
  • Engine Number: 5025X
Some of Rolls-Royce's best customers during the 1920s and 1930s were the maharajas, the tribal leaders of India during the British Raj. Maharaja Rolls-Royces were regularly ordered to the rather unique specifications of their original owners, and frequently fitted with special-ordered features and ornately detailed bespoke coachwork.

This particular example was commissioned by the Ruling Chief of Nandgaon State, Mahant Sarveshwar Das, who served as the 10th chief, from 1913 to 1940. It rides on a long-wheelbase that measures 150 inches and was outfitted with a louvered hood, a polished nickel radiator shell, a rear-mounted luggage rack, and wire wheels shod in wide whitewall tires. There is a Tapley gradient meter, and nickeled cobra horn and tool trays mounted in the running boards.

The car wears coachwork by Barker & Company, one of England's longest-lived coachbuilders, with a heritage reaching back to horseless carriage days. The chassis was finished in Nile Blue and features a beltline that followed the lines of the hood. There are polished disc wheel covers, a vee'd windshield with built-in sun visors, Lucas P100 headlamps, a single driving lamp, dual fender lights, and two cowl-mounted spotlights. The interior was finished with the inlaid cabinetry which provides space for a silver tea service, a silver cigarette case, a lady's vanity, and cocktail accoutrements.

Final testing occurred at Barker & Co on 7/3/30 and shipped per SS Bangalore on 28/3/30 (London-Calcutta). It was featured in the August 1930 issue of The Autocar.

In 1966 Ray Howard, an American enthusiast working in India, discovered the car in the ownership of the Maharaja of Orissa. He was able to purchase and export four of the automobiles, which was shipped to Italy, serviced, and then driven across the continent to England by its new owner. In November 1967 it finally arrived, at the end of a long ocean voyage, at the Howard family home in Oregon.

When Mr. Howard retired to Hawaii, the Rolls-Royce accompanied him to the islands. A restoration began, but Mr. Howard lost enthusiasm after dismantling it. The project remained unfinished for a quarter century, until its acquisition by Mr. Richard Hooper. Mr. Hooper completed the work. Further work continued under the care of its next owner, who refinished the body, reupholstered the interior, and improved its interior cabinetry, which still contains many of the original accessories.

By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2014

2015 RM Sotheby's Hershey Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $500,000-USD $650,000 
Sale Price :
USD $434,500

2014 Motor City Auction by RM Auctions

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $650,000-USD $850,000 
High Bid (Lot was not sold)
USD $625,000

2010 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auctions

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $550,000-USD $700,000 
Sale Price :
USD $770,000

1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Rolls-Royce Phantom II

(Data based on Model Year 1929 sales)
1929 Rolls Royce 40/50hp Phantom II Cabriolet de Ville
Chassis#: 121XJ
Sold for USD$147,823
  2016 Bonhams : The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale
 
1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Torpedo Tourer by Barker
Chassis#: 50XJ
Sold for USD$434,500
  2015 RM Sotheby's Hershey Auction
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1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom II All-Weather Tourer by Thrupp & Maberly
Chassis#: 3XJ
Sold for USD$357,500
  2015 RM Sotheby's : Monterey
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1929 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom II Sedanca de Ville
Chassis#: 24EX
Sold for USD$184,657
  2013 Bonhams - Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
 
1929 Rolls Royce Phantom II Imperial Cabriolet
Chassis#: 127XJ
Sold for USD$180,000
  2012 Mecum - Monterey, CA
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1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Sedanca de Ville by Barker
Chassis#: 133WJ
Sold for USD$221,940
  2012 Aalholm Automobile Collection
 
1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Short-Coupled Saloon
Chassis#: 33WJ
Sold for USD$59,197
  2012 H & H Auctions - Rockingham Castle
 
1929 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II
Sold for USD$137,500
  2012 Auctions America - Ft Lauderdale, Fl
 
1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Imperial Cabriolet by Hibbard and Darrin
Chassis#: 127 XJ
Sold for USD$110,000
  2011 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Amelia Island
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1929 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom II Weymann Sports Saloon
Chassis#: 61XJ
Sold for USD$333,519
  2011 Bonhams - Bonhams Oxford, Collectors' Motor Cars
 
1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Weymann Saloon
Sold for USD$143,000
  2010 Auctions America : Auburn Collector Car Auction
 
1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Torpedo Tourer
Sold for USD$770,000
  2010 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auctions
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1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Boattail Tourer
Sold for USD$85,250
  2010 RM Auctions - The Pate Collection
 
1929 Rolls-Royce 40/50 hp Phantom II Special Cabriolet 'Hunting Car'
Chassis#: 86XJ
Sold for USD$89,363
  2010 RM Auctions - Sporting Classics of Monaco
 
1929 Rolls-Royce 40/50 hp Phantom II Open Tourer
Chassis#: 87WJ
Sold for USD$81,916
  2010 RM Auctions - Sporting Classics of Monaco
 
1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Imperial Cabriolet
Chassis#: 127 XJ
Sold for USD$227,000
  2009 Greenwich Concours d'Elegance, Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia
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1929 Rolls-Royce Phanton II Dual Cowl Touring
Sold for USD$82,500
  2009 Worldwide Auctioneers - The Weinberg Collection Auction 2009
 
1929 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II DUAL COWL TOURING
Sold for USD$95,700
  2009 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction
 
1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom II
Chassis#: 127XJ
Sold for USD$231,000
  2006 RM Auctions at Amelia Island
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1929/30 Rolls-Royce Rolls-Royce Phantom II 40/50hp Sedanca de Ville
Chassis#: 133 WJ
Sold for USD$135,326
  2004 Bonhams - Important Collectors Motor Cars
 

Rolls-Royce Phantom IIs That Failed To Sell At Auction

1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom II's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1929 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom II Weymann Sports Saloon461XJ2021 Bonhams : Goodwood Revival : Collectors Motor Cars and Automobilia $130,000$160,000
1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom II 40/50hp Sedanca de Ville40WJ2015 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais $110,000$150,000
1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Torpedo Tourer by Barker50XJ2014 Motor City Auction by RM Auctions$625,000$650,000$850,000
1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Short-Coupled Saloon33WJ2011 RM Auctions London$120,750$110,000$140,000
1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Imperial Cabriolet127XJ2008 RM Auctions Automobiles of Arizona$180,000$200,000$225,000

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1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom II

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1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom II vehicle information
Torpedo Tourer
Coachwork: Barker
Chassis #: 50XJ
Engine #: 5025X
1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom II vehicle information
Tourer
Coachwork: Brewster
1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom II vehicle information
All Weather Convertible
Coachwork: Thrupp and Maberly
Chassis #: 3XJ
Engine #: ZH25
1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom II vehicle information
Imperial Cabriolet
Coachwork: D'Ieteren
Chassis #: 127XJ
Engine #: JX45
1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom II vehicle information
Short Coupled Saloon
Coachwork: Weymann