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1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom I

Chassis number : S407FL

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Sold for $156,800 at 2019 Bonhams : Greenwich Concours.
Rolls-Royce of America was founded in Springfield, Massachusetts, in November of 1919 and on December 12th of 1919, the American Wire Plant in Springfield, MA was purchased by and became the site of the newly formed Rolls-Royce of America, Inc. To goal was to increase Rolls-Royce sales by avoiding the high tariffs imposed on imported cars. Production of the Silver Ghost was begun in late 1920, and eventually every part except for the crankshafts was sourced in America. Production shifted to the New Phantom in 1926, and continued through the end of American production in 1931. The New Phantom had a 7.7-liter six-cylinder engine rated at 100 horsepower, and the bare chassis listed for $11,750 in 1926.

An improvement from the Silver Ghost, the Phantom I boasted an entirely new overhead valve, six cylinder engine displacing 7,768cc. The new model also included a disc-type clutch, adjustable radiator shutters and the four-wheel brake system that debuted on the late 'Silver Ghost'.

By early 1930, as the effects of the Depression set in, the owner sent the car back to Brewster Coachworks, a Rolls-Royce subsidiary, for an update. As recorded on Schoelkopf cards (from the Rolls-Royce Club), external lighting was changed along with a more stylish paint scheme. A new type of body skirt under the doors hid the cantilevered chassis spring assembly. New torpedo head lamps and fender mounted parking lamps replaced the older 'drum' headlamps and multiple piece tail lights. The single tail light resembles what appeared in the following year on the Phantom II.

This full convertible, touring-bodied Phantom I offers true 'all weather' motoring with its updated improvements. The new 'Phantom' series boasted a more refined reliability and ease of driver operation.

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* Please note, dates are approximate

2019 Bonhams : Greenwich Concours

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $150,000-USD $175,000 
Sale Price :
USD $156,800

1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Rolls-Royce Phantom I

(Data based on Model Year 1926 sales)
1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Cabriolet by Barker
Chassis#: 30TC
Sold for USD$137,500
  2021 RM Sothebys : Hershey
1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom I image  1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom I image  
1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Open-Drive Limousine Sedan by Holbrook
Chassis#: 12DC
Sold for USD$52,250
  2019 RM Sothebys : Hershey
1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom I image  1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom I image  
1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Drophead Coupe by Mann Egerton & Co. Ltd.
Sold for USD$85,800
  2019 RM Auctions : Auburn Fall
 
1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom 1 Newmarket Convertible
Chassis#: S407FL
Sold for USD$156,800
  2019 Bonhams : Greenwich Concours
1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom I image  1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom I image  
1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom I
Chassis#: 76TC
Sold for USD$713,947
  2016 Bonhams : Bond Street Auction
 
1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Sedanca by Knibbs & Parkyn
Chassis#: 18NC
Sold for USD$79,000
  2014 Silverstone : Salon Prive
 
1926 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM I LANDAULET DE VILLE
Chassis#: 51 DC
Sold for USD$86,581
  2014 COLLECTOR'S MOTOR CARS AND AUTOMOBILIA
 
1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Tourer
Chassis#: 74 SC
Sold for USD$149,526
  2013 H & H - Rockingham Castle
 
1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Experimental Sports Tourer by Barker & Co
Chassis#: 10EX
Sold for USD$633,715
  2011 RM Auctions - Salon Privé
 
1926 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I Skiff
Chassis#: 39YC
Sold for USD$84,149
  2011 Bonhams - Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Select Pre-War Motor Cars and Automobilia
 
1926 Rolls-Royce 40/50 hp Phantom I Limousine
Chassis#: 53TC
Sold for USD$67,022
  2010 RM Auctions - Sporting Classics of Monaco
 
1926 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I Tourer
Chassis#: 1TC
Sold for USD$22,245
  2009 Rolls-Royce, Bentley Motor Cars and Automobilia
 
1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Pall Mall Tourer by Merrimack
Chassis#: 73DC
Sold for USD$148,270
  2008 Coys Auction - True Greats
 
1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Pall Mall Tourer
Chassis#: 73DC
Sold for USD$166,580
  2008 Coys Auction - Fine Motor Cars, Blenheim Palace
 
1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom I
Sold for USD$1,072,500
  2007 Gooding & Company
1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom I image  1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom I image  
1926 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I Chassis
Chassis#: 29NC
Sold for USD$5,265
  2006 Bonhams - The Frank Cooke Collection
 
1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom I 40/50hp Fully Convertible Enclosed Drive Cabriolet
Chassis#: 57 YC
Sold for USD$184,447
  2004 Bonhams - Important Collectors Motor Cars
 

Rolls-Royce Phantom Is That Failed To Sell At Auction

1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom I's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1926 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM I SEDANCA DE VILLE104TC2021 Bonhams : Goodwood Festival of Speed $65,000$80,000
1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Town Car31MC2015 The Auburn Auction   
1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Tourer by Smith & Waddington9YC2011 RM Auctions Salon Privé$75,000$100,000$140,000
1926 Rolls-Royce 40/50 hp Phantom I Open Tourer6YC2010 RM Auctions Sporting Classics of Monaco$170,000$250,000$300,000

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1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Profiles

1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom I vehicle information
Newmarket Convertible Sedan
Coachwork: Brewster
Chassis #: S407FL
Engine #: 20076
1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom I vehicle information
Dual-Windshield Torpedo Phaeton
Coachwork: Vanden Plas
Chassis #: 98LC
1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom I vehicle information
Salamanca
Coachwork: Barker
Chassis #: 30TC
Engine #: UT65
1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom I vehicle information
Shooting Brake
Coachwork: Brewster
1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom I vehicle information
Open-Drive Limousine Sedan
Coachwork: Holbrook
Chassis #: 12DC
Engine #: AD15