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1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Open Two-Seater

  • Coachwork by Hooper
  • Chassis Number: 54UK
This Rolls-Royce Phantom II was originally owned by R.C. Grew of Boston and was acquired in the early 1950s by Douglas Rogers from his estate. It was an unusual right-hand-drive chassis supplied to the United States and it is believed to have worn a body (presumably) built by J.S. InskpInskip in the former Brewster Works, and resembling Inskip's Trouville design for the Phantom III.

Mr. Rogers later sketched a design for the Phantom II, giving it a dramatic two-passenger coachwork with deeply crowned fenders and a 'dipped' beltline inspired by the Darrin-bodied Packards. The sketches were sent to London coachbuilders Hooper & Company in 1954 and although their business was winding down, completed the coachwork. Shortly after completion, the firm notified customers that it would cease building new coachwork, making this vehicle the final Phantom II bodied by the firm, and among the last new bodies created for the chassis by any original coachbuilder.

Mr. Rogers was actively involved in the build process, even requesting the fenders be shaped from stainless steel. Hooper protested, stating that aluminum fenders would be a better product as it was easier to mold, sufficient for the task, and rustproof. Instead, Mr. Rogers shaped the stainless steel fenders to his own specification at a machine shop at General Electric. It is believed that the final installation and completion of the body were done by Mr. Rogers.

In keeping with the car's sporty persona, a rear leaf spring was removed to lower the ride height, and the engine was given a high-compression cylinder head. The 7,668cc overhead-valve inline 6 produces 120 horsepower and is backed by a four-speed manual transmission. Stopping power is courtesy of four-wheel servo-assisted drum brakes.

When Mr. Rogers exhibited 54UK at the Rolls-Royce Owners Club meet in Montreal, Quebec, it was awarded both major honors, the Rolls-Royce Trophy and the Hooper Award—the only automobile to have received both awards.

This Phantom II remained with Mr. Rogers until 1992 when it was sold to the previous owner. Subsequently, the car underwent a complete frame-up restoration, a joint effort between the owner and Rolls-Royce specialist, Jeff McDonald of McDonald Vintage Restorations in Canby, Oregon, with the owner handling much of the mechanical work. The color scheme was changed to Delft Blue with cream inserts in a bare-metal repaint. The interior remains the tan Connolly leather fitted in the late 1950s.

By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2022

2022 Bonhams : Amelia Island Concours

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $175,000-USD $225,000 
Sale Price :
USD $335,000

1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Rolls-Royce Phantom II

(Data based on Model Year 1935 sales)
1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Tourer by Thrupp & Maberly
Chassis#: 31TA
Sold for USD$235,200
  2024 RM Sothebys : Arizona
 
1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Drophead Coupe by Allweather
Chassis#: 107TA
Sold for USD$390,000
  2023 RM Sothebys : Monterey
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1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Airline Saloon
Chassis#: 56UK
Sold for USD$90,622
  2022 Bonhams : Goodwood Revival
 
1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Drophead Coupe by Allweather
Chassis#: 37TA
Sold for USD$246,400
  2022 RM Sothebys : Monterey
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1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Open Two-Seater
Chassis#: 54UK
Sold for USD$335,000
  2022 Bonhams : Amelia Island Concours
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1935 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II CONTINENTAL SPORTS SALOON
Chassis#: 5UK
Sold for USD$160,645
  2021 Bonhams : Goodwood Festival of Speed
 
1935 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II TOURER
Chassis#: 201TA
Sold for USD$132,000
  2019 Barrett-Jackson : Scottsdale, Az.
 
1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville
Chassis#: 3AX109
Sold for USD$175,413
  2018 Bonhams : London Olympia
 
1935 Rolls Royce Phantom II Limousine
Chassis#: 82UK
Sold for USD$59,858
  2018 Bonhams : Beaulieu Sale
 
1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom II
Sold for USD$30,000
  2017 Mecum : Indianapolis
 
1935 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II CONTINENTAL SALOON
Chassis#: 36UK
Sold for USD$112,379
  2015 Bonhams : The December Sale
 
1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Enclosed Limousine de Ville
Chassis#: 147 TA
Sold for USD$19,800
  2015 Bonhams : Preserving the Automobile
 
1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Tourer
Chassis#: 1TA
Sold for USD$51,513
  2014 H & H Auctions - Pavilion Gardens
 
1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom II
Sold for USD$32,450
  2014 Auctions America - Ft Lauderdale
 
1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Sedanca de Ville
Chassis#: 58UK
Sold for USD$181,000
  2013 Bonhams - The Scottsdale Auction
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1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom ll Drop Head Coupe
Chassis#: 107TA
Sold for USD$495,000
  2012 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auction
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1935 Rolls-Royce Sedanca de Ville Sedan
Sold for USD$15,750
  2009 Leake Auctions - Houston - Annual Leake Auto Auction - Reliant Center
 
1935 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II
Sold for USD$440,000
  2008 Barrett-Jackson - Scottsdale 2008
 
1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom II, Two position Sedanca Coupe
Chassis#: 139TA
Sold for USD$90,897
  2006 Coys Auction - Fine Motor Cars & The Jaguar Legend
 

Rolls-Royce Phantom IIs That Failed To Sell At Auction

1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom II's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1935 ROLLS-ROYCE 40/50HP PHANTOM II TOURER73TA2021 Bonhams : The Bond Street Sale $60,000$80,000
1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville by Gurney Nutting3AX1092019 Historics at Brooklands MercedesBenz World $110,000$140,000
1935 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II ALL-WEATHER DROPHEAD37TA2016 Bonhams : The Amelia Island Auction $450,000$550,000
1935 Rolls Royce Phantom II Sports Limousine56UK2012 Bonhams Collectors' Motor cars and Automobilia $100,000$130,000
1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Drophead Coupe107TA2011 RM Auctions at Monterey$625,000$800,000$1,000,000
1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Fixed Head Coupe70 TA2011 The Scottsdale Auction Gooding & Company$350,000$400,000$500,000
1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom II 40/50hp Two Door Gentlemans Coupe70 TA2005 Bonhams RollsRoyce, Bentley & Selected PreWar Motor Cars & Automobilia $120,000$150,000
1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Sedanca de Ville115TA2004 The Monterey Sports and Classic Car Auction$60,000$150,000$180,000

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1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom II

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