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1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Newport Town Car

  • Coachwork by Brewster
  • Chassis Number: 264AJS
  • Engine Number: E45B
It is believed that this Rolls-Royce was built in 1931, the same year that Phantom I production came to a close. The Springfield, Massachusetts factory had been closed after its decade-long service of building cars for the American market, and instead, the UK-based company reverted back to building all the chassis at Derby. The Phantom II was built in two series, the AJS and AMS, with left-hand drive, 20-inch wheels, and adjustments to the suspension. When the US-destined Phantom II's arrived Stateside, they were fitted with coachwork, most often by Brewster & Company. At the time, Brewster & Company was under the control of J.S. Inskip, the Rolls-Royce importer and dealer.

The Newport Bodystyle by Brester was a formal town car design with angled cowl molding and clean, crisp tailored lines. It is believed that 18 examples of the Phantom II chassis were clothed with Newport coachwork by Brewster.

This particular example, chassis 264AJS, was delivered to Mrs. M.L. Woodhouse on May 24th of 1933 - its delay in sale perhaps due to the Great Depression. Due to the gas rationing of World War II and that Mrs. Woodhouse owned other automobiles, this Rolls-Royce was used infrequently over the years. Over the next four decades, the car changed hands several times, but remained on the East Coast, in New York, Virginia, and Florida. Early in the vehicle's life, the chauffeur's roof was fixed in place, but the coachwork remained otherwise unmodified.

David Domidion of New Jersey advertised this Phantom II for sale in 1977 in The Flying Lady, the Rolls-Royce Owners Club publication. It is believed that Mr. Domidion had acquired the Newport as part of a deal to purchase a Phantom I Playboy. 264AJS was purchased by a collector who used it sparingly, putting it in static storage until his retirement in 1997, after which he began restoring it at Jim Killian Historic Auto Restorations. During this sympathetic restoration, the car returned to its original 'open-drive' configuration. More extensive work was later performed by Jeff McDonald of Canby, Oregon. Under his examination, all items were inspected, ensuring the vehicle would meet Rolls-Royce factory specifications. The interior was restored and correctly retrimmed in both front and rear, the chassis rewired, and the exhaust was reinstalled.

By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2022

2022 Bonhams : Amelia Island Concours

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $100,000-USD $130,000 
Sale Price :
USD $123,200

1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Rolls-Royce Phantom II

(Data based on Model Year 1931 sales)
1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II H.J. Mulliner Drophead Sedanca Coupe
Chassis#: 229AJS
Sold for USD$555,000
  2024 Broad Arrow Auctions : Amelia
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1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Special Town Car
Chassis#: 238AJS
Sold for USD$36,960
  2023 Bonhams : The Greenwich Auction
 
1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Sports Saloon By Thrupp & Maberly
Chassis#: 8JS
Sold for USD$175,780
  2023 RM Sothebys : Paris
 
1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Henley Roadster by Brewster
Chassis#: 224AJS
Sold for USD$1,297,500
  2022 RM Sothebys : Monterey
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1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Town Car
Chassis#: 279AJS
Sold for USD$123,200
  2022 Bonhams : Amelia Island Concours
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1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Newport Town Car
Chassis#: 264AJS
Sold for USD$123,200
  2022 Bonhams : Amelia Island Concours
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1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II 40/50HP Saloon
Chassis#: 49GX
Sold for USD$109,451
  2020 Bonhams July Motoring Auction
 
1931 Rolls-Royce 40/50HP Phantom II Continental (Sedanca) Drophead Coupe
Chassis#: 67 GX
Sold for USD$201,600
  2020 Bonhams : Amelia Island Concours
 
1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Fixed Cabriolet de Ville by Thrupp & Maberly
Chassis#: 4JS
Sold for USD$168,000
  2019 RM Sothebys : The Guyton Collection
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1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Henley Roadster by Brewster
Chassis#: 211AJS
Sold for USD$566,000
  2019 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island
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1931 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom II
Chassis#: 246AJS
Sold for USD$73,920
  2018 Bonhams : Collectors Motorcars and Automobilia Auction
 
1931 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom II Drophead Coupé
Chassis#: 63GY
Sold for USD$172,810
  2017 Bonhams : London Olympia
 
1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Touring Saloon
Chassis#: 64GX
Sold for USD$155,943
  2017 Bonhams : The Beaulieu Sale
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1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Phaeton
Sold for USD$33,000
  2017 Mecum : Indianapolis
 
1932 ROLLS-ROYCE ROADSTER
Chassis#: 211AJS
Sold for USD$341,000
  2017 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale
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1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Henley Roadster in the style of Brewster
Chassis#: 222 AJS
Sold for USD$451,000
  2013 RM Auctions - Monterey
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1931 Rolls-Royce Springfield Phantom II Henley Roadster
Chassis#: 255AJS
Sold for USD$687,500
  2012 RM Auctions - Monterey
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1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Touring Saloon
Chassis#: 64GX
Sold for USD$178,800
  2012 Bonhams - Quail Lodge Sale
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1931 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom II Saloon Limousine
Chassis#: 9GX
Sold for USD$190,748
  2011 Bonhams - Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Select Pre-War Motor Cars and Automobilia
 
1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Henley Roadster
Chassis#: 224 AJS
Sold for USD$935,000
  2011 The Scottsdale Auction - Gooding & Company
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Rolls-Royce Phantom IIs That Failed To Sell At Auction

1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1931 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom II Newmarket Convertible Sedan234 AJS2018 Bonhams : Collectors Motorcars and Automobilia Auction $300,000$400,000
1931 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II OPEN TOURER115GY2015 Bonhams : The Frederiksen Auction $2,000,000$2,600,000
1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Touring Saloon64GX2013 Bonhams The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale $130,000$160,000
1931 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom II Continental Sports48GX2012 Bonhams Paris, La Halle Freyssinet Motocars $120,000$160,000
1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Close Coupled Coupe195GY2010 RM Auctions Sports & Classics of Monterey$375,000$500,000$600,000
1931 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom II Tourer21JS2010 Bonhams RollsRoyce, Bentley Motor Cars and Automobilia $130,000$150,000
1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II 2008 Hilton Head Sports & Classic Car Auction $125,000$150,000
1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Sedanca De Ville4JS2008 Bonhams Vintage New England $275,000$325,000
1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Croydon240AJS2005 Bonhams RollsRoyce, Bentley Motor Cars and Related Automobilia $150,000$180,000
1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom IIY45M2004 Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auction $200,000$300,000
1931 Rolls Royce Phantom II 2003 Bonhams MOTOR CARS $65,000$85,000
1931 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II CONVERTIBLE COUPE 2001 Kruse Auction Auburn, IN$80,000  
1931 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II HENLEY ROADSTER 2001 Kruse Auction Scottsdale Arizona$435,000  

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