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1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental

Chassis number : 3MW

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Sold for $480,200 at 2018 Bonhams : Amelia Island Auction.
Engineer Ivan Evernden was instrumental in aiding Sir Henry Royce in bringing about a more sporting model to the Phantom II. The result was the Phantom II Continental, a more sporting and compact four-seater owner/driver motor car when compared to the long wheelbase standard Phantom II. 281 Continental chassis were produced and differentiated from the standard Phantom II by having thicker 5 leaf springs, a six inch shorter chassis, and the provision of recessed rear footwells and lower rear seating. The engine was tuned with a high compression cylinder head and high lift camshaft. They were clothed with lightweight coachwork and there was exhaust cutout switch fitted on the driver's side floorboard.

This Phantom II Continental was commissioned by Barbara Hutton, heiress of the Woolworth family fortune. It was built in celebration of her engagement to Prince Alexis Mdivani, who was living in exile in Paris at the time, having fled his native Georgia after the Soviet invasion in 1921.

The body was built by Thrupp and Maberly in the 3 position drophead style. The dashboard was designed by Barbara and Prince Mdivani. The Prince, being a trained pilot, tailored a dashboard that was very much aircraft-inspired, including specially ordered large gauge tachometer, rev-counter, and even an altimeter. The gauges were installed in an aluminum engine-turned dashboard. Another unique feature is the extended bonnet, having 4 extra inches. Prince Mdivani requested that the bonnet louvers be angled at 13.5 degrees. Andre Tele-controls were also ordered so that the suspension could be stiffened up for high speed running.

It is believed that the car was used on phases of their honeymoon. Unfortunately, the marriage did not last long and after a disagreement they divorced. About a month later, the Prince was in Spain and was involved in a crash that claimed his life. After this incident, it is believed that the car returned to Rolls-Royce and Thrupp and Maberly for a complete rebuild at the Rolls-Royce Works before coming into the care of its next owner.

The current owner acquired the car in 1972, and it sailed to the United States on the Cunard Liner QE2 with its new owner. Since then, it has been well cared for and been taken on many long-distance driving tours.


By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2018

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2018 Bonhams : Amelia Island Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $550,000-USD $650,000 
Sale Price :
USD $480,200

1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental

(Data based on Model Year 1933 sales)
1933 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom II Continental Sedanca Coupé
Chassis#: 69MW
Sold for USD$450,427
  2018 Bonhams : Goodwood Revival
 
1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Coachwork by Thrupp & Maberly, with FLM Panelcraft
Chassis#: 3MW
Sold for USD$480,200
  2018 Bonhams : Amelia Island Auction
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1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Sedanca de Ville by Barker
Chassis#: 90MY
Sold for USD$217,616
  2016 RM Sotheby's : London Sale
 
1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Sports Saloon
Chassis#: 295AJS
Sold for USD$192,500
  2014 WorldWide Auctions - The Houston Classic Motorcar Auction
 
1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Sports Coupé by Freestone & Webb
Chassis#: 42PY
Sold for USD$2,420,000
  2013 RM Auction - Art of the Automobile
 
1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Touring Saloon
Chassis#: 24PY
Sold for USD$99,760
  2013 H & H Auctions - Imperial War Museum
 
1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Three-Position Sedanca Coupe
Chassis#: 71MW
Sold for USD$1,320,000
  2013 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach
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1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Sports Saloon
Chassis#: 54PY
Sold for USD$156,992
  2011 Bonhams - Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Select Pre-War Motor Cars and Automobilia
 
1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Sport Coupé
Chassis#: 156MY
Sold for USD$233,819
  2009 RM Auctions - Automobiles of London
 
1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental
Sold for USD$375,000
  2009 Automobiles of Arizona
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1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Faux Cabriolet
Chassis#: 170 MY
Sold for USD$862,585
  2007 RM Auctions - Automobiles of London
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1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental
Chassis#: 22PY
Sold for USD$182,917
  2007 Coys Auction - Fine Motor Cars
 
1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental
Chassis#: 32 PY
Sold for USD$231,000
  2004 Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auction
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1933 Rolls-Royce PII Continental Sports Coupe
Chassis#: OX25
Sold for USD$45,100
  2004 Vintage Motor Cars at Meadow Brook Hall
 
1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II 40/50hp Continental Sedanca de Ville
Chassis#: 90 MY
Sold for USD$108,580
  2003 Bonhams - Important Collectors' Motor Cars
 

Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continentals That Failed To Sell At Auction

1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Fixed Head Coupe by Gurney Nutting170MY2018 RM Sothebys : Monterey $1,400,000$1,800,000
1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Three-Position Drophead Coupe186 MY2018 Gooding & Company : Scottsdale, Az. $625,000$725,000
1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Three-Position Drophead Coupe186 MY2017 Gooding & Company : Amelia Island $700,000$950,000
1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Sport Saloon By Gurney Nutting136PY2017 The Finest : Boca Raton $240,000$260,000
1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Three-Position Drophead Coupe186 MY2016 Gooding & Company : Pebble Beach $800,000$1,100,000
1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental DHC Coachwork Gurney Nutting124MY2016 The Finest : The Elegance at Hershey   
1933 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II CONTINENTAL OWEN SEDANCA COUPE64PY2015 Bonhams : The Frederiksen Auction   
1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Sport Touring Saloon by Barker2MY2014 RM Auctions Automobiles of Arizona$165,000  
1933 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom II Continental Touring Saloon140MY2011 Bonhams Les Grandes Marques à Monaco $145,000$175,000
1933 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom II Continental Sports Saloon64 MY2011 Bonhams Automobilia, Motos de collection et Automobiles d'exception au Grand Palais $300,000$350,000

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1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Profiles

1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental vehicle information
Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Gurney Nutting
Chassis #: 124MY
Engine #: JC95
1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental vehicle information
Fixed Head Coupe
Coachwork: Gurney Nutting
Chassis #: 94MY
1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental vehicle information
Sedance Coupe
Coachwork: Gurney Nutting
Chassis #: 32PY
1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental vehicle information
Sport Coupe
Coachwork: Hooper
1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental vehicle information
Fixed Head Coupe
Coachwork: Gurney Nutting
Chassis #: 170 MY
Engine #: CJ35
1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental vehicle information
Sedance Coupe
Coachwork: Gurney Nutting
Chassis #: 71MW
Engine #: NY-55
1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental vehicle information
Sport Touring Saloon
Coachwork: Barker
Chassis #: 2MY
Engine #: QU-45-C
1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental vehicle information
Three-Position Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Barker
Chassis #: 186 MY
Engine #: CJ-85
1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental vehicle information
Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Thrupp and Maberly
Chassis #: 3MW
Engine #: FG 55