1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Four-Door Cabriolet / 3-BT-185 Chassis Information

1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III photograph

1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III photograph

1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III photograph

1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III
Four-Door Cabriolet
Coachwork: Vanden Plas
Chassis #: 3-BT-185
Engine # K-68-R
Sold for $253,000 at 2006 Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auction.
Sold for $666,189 (DKK 4,140,000) at 2015 Bonhams : The Frederiksen Auction.
This 1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Four-Door Cabriolet has coachwork by Vanden Plas. It was offered for sale at the 2006 Gooding & Company Auction in Pebble Beach, Ca where it was estimated to sell for $250,000-$325,000. It carries chassis number 3-BT-185 and is powered by a 7340-cc V12 engine that is capable of producing 180 horsepower.

This is a long-wheelbase vehicle that was ordered on April 7th of 1937. The body was ordered two months later. The car is finished in blue with a blue fabric top and upholstered in Connolly leather. It has dual side-mounts, a louvered hood with locks, petrol gauge and a speedometer in kilometers.

The first owner was Friedrich 'Fritz' Mandl. Mandl was an Austrian arms manufacturer who was well known in political and social circles, including those of Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini. Mandl took possession of the vehicle in 1937 with money he had earned helping to rebuild the German military.

In 1938, Mandl's Jewish heritage was discovered and his property was confiscated. Before this, he had this vehicle shipped to South America. He fled to Brazil and later settled in Argentina. In 1977, he passed away.

In 1971, the car was owned by Jose Santiago Mouhelle. It remained in south America until Don Gerard brought it to the United States many years later. During the early 1990s the car was treated to a restoration that took nearly a decade. The car was stripped down to the nut and bolt. Most of the car was complete, however it had lost its bumper along it life time. The restoration was completed in 2002 and shown at the 2003 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance where it was awarded the Lucius Beebe Trophy. It won its class with a 99-point score in the Primary Division at the Classic Car Club of America's 2004 Summer Grand Classic and was awarded a CCCA Senior badge.

At auction, the cars reserve was met and the car was sold. The winning bid was $253,000.


By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2007


2015 Bonhams : The Frederiksen Auction

Sale Price :
$666,189 (DKK 4,140,000.00)

2006 Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auction

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$250,000-$325,000 
Sale Price :
$253,000

2019 1
2018 1
2017 2
2015 2
2013 1
2012 5
2011 3
2010 4
2009 3
2006 4

YearAvg. SaleHigh Sale# of Sales
2019$145,600$145,6001
2018$593,500$593,5001
2017$101,135$124,2702
2015$369,395$666,1892
2013$169,372$169,3721
2012$147,315$473,0005
2011$198,487$275,0003
2010$129,525$209,0004
2009$233,224$605,0003
2006$145,180$253,0004

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1937 sales)
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville by H.J. Mulliner
Chassis#: 3CM67
Sold for $145,600
  2019 RM Sothebys : The Guyton Collection
 
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Pillarless Saloon by Vesters et Neirinck
Chassis#: 3CP144
Sold for $593,500
  2018 RM Sothebys : Scottsdale, Az.
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III image  1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III image  
1937 Rolls Royce Phantom III
Chassis#: 3AEX33
Sold for $78,000
  2017 Branson Collector Car Auction
 
1937 Rolls Royce Phantom III by Park Ward
Chassis#: 3BT147
Sold for $124,270
  2017 Coys at Olympia
 
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III 40/50 Touring Limousine
Chassis#: 3AX85
Sold for $72,600
  2015 Bonhams : Preserving the Automobile
 
1937 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III DROPHEAD COUPE
Chassis#: 3BT185
Sold for $666,189
  2015 Bonhams : The Frederiksen Auction
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III image  1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III image  
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de ville by Windovers
Sold for $169,372
  2013 Coys Auction - A236 True Greats
 
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Shooting Brake project
Chassis#: 3 BU 144
Sold for $28,750
  2012 Bonhams - Preserving the Automobile: An Auction at the Simeone Foundation
 
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Cabriolet
Chassis#: 3 DL 118
Sold for $82,800
  2012 Bonhams - Preserving the Automobile: An Auction at the Simeone Foundation
 
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Aero Coupe
Chassis#: 3BU 184
Sold for $473,000
  2012 RM Auctions - Monterey
 
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Limousine by Barker
Chassis#: 3BU124
Sold for $55,485
  2012 Aalholm Automobile Collection
 
1937 Rolls Royce Phantom III coupé-chauffeur Mulliner
Sold for $96,542
  2012 Artcurial Motorcars at Rétromobile
 
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III 40/50hp Sports Saloon
Chassis#: 3BT93
Sold for $97,272
  2011 Bonhams - The December Sale
 
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Special Henley Coupe
Chassis#: 3CP124
Sold for $275,000
  2011 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auctions
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III image  
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville
Chassis#: 3CP192
Sold for $223,190
  2011 Bonhams - Collectors' Motor Cars
 
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca deVille
Chassis#: 3BU160
Sold for $209,000
  2010 RM Auctions - Sports & Classics of Monterey
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III image  1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III image  
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville
Sold for $61,600
  2010 RM Auctions - The Pate Collection
 
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sports Saloon
Sold for $66,000
  2010 Worldwide Auctioneers - The Houston Classic Weekend
 
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Cabriolet
Chassis#: 3BT187
Sold for $181,500
  2010 Gooding and Company - Scottsdale Auction
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III image  1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III image  
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Limousine
Chassis#: 3BU172
Sold for $31,590
  2009 Bonhams - Bicentennial Pavilion at Hotel Murano
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sports Saloon3CP1262018 Bonhams : Goodwood Revival $130,000$170,000
1937 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III FREESTONE & WEBB SEDANCA DE VILL3CP382018 BarrettJackson : Scottsdale   
1937 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III SPECIAL NEWMARKET PERMANENT FAUX CABRIOLET3 BT 1292017 Bonhams : Scottsdale, AZ $180,000$250,000
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom lll Sports Limousine3BT852013 Gooding and Company The Scottsdale Auction $275,000$350,000
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Saloon3CM652012 Gooding and Company Pebble Beach Auction $250,000$400,000
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Limousine3AX1252012 H & H Auctions Rockingham Castle   
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III 40/50hp Sports Saloon3BT932011 Bonhams Beaulieu Autojumble, Collectors' Motor Cars $75,000$90,000
1937 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III LIMOUSINE3AX1632011 Worldwide Auctions The Auburn Auction $150,000$200,000
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III3AEX332010 Branson Auctions Spring 2010$37,000  
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Enclosed Sports Limousine3BT852009 Bonhams Bicentennial Pavilion at Hotel Murano $325,000$350,000
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca Deville By Hooper3BT1332009 Pebble Beach Auction : Gooding & Company $180,000$230,000
1937 Rolls Royce Barker Sedanca DeVille 2005 The Florida Collector Car Auction$38,500  
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III 2003 The Florida Collector Car Auction$22,000  

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Vehicle Profiles

Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1936 Sedanca deVille
Coachbuilder: Binder
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1936 Sport Saloon
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1936 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1936 Sport Saloon
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1936 Enclosed Limousine
Coachbuilder: Hooper
Chassis Num: 3 AZ 226
Engine Num: N 14 M
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1936 Sedanca de Ville
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: 3AEX37
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1936 Sedanca deVille
Coachbuilder: Windovers
Chassis Num: 3AX175
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1936 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: 3AX79
Engine Num: E98W
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1936 3 Position Drophead
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: 3AZ158
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1936 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: Freestone & Webb
Chassis Num: 3AZ174
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1937 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Barker
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1937 Sedanca Coupe
Coachbuilder: Barker
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1937 Sports Torpedo Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Barker
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1937 Sedanca
Coachbuilder: Freestone & Webb
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1937 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1937 Tourer
Coachbuilder: Thrupp and Maberly
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1937 Four-Door Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Vanden Plas
Chassis Num: 3-BT-185
Engine Num: K-68-R
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1937 Drophead
Coachbuilder: Thrupp and Maberly
Chassis Num: 3AZ178
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1937 Sedanca Deville
Coachbuilder: Hooper
Chassis Num: 3BT133
Engine Num: L58Q
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1937 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Voll & Ruhrbeck
Chassis Num: 3BT187
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1937 Sports Limousine
Coachbuilder: Hooper
Chassis Num: 3BT85
Engine Num: V88G
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1937 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: 3CM65
Engine Num: K48S (titled as K485)
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1937 Sports Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Vanvooren
Chassis Num: 3CM81
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1937 Special Henley Coupe
Coachbuilder: Inskip
Chassis Num: 3CP124
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1937 Coupe
Coachbuilder: Vesters & Neirinck
Chassis Num: 3CP144
Engine Num: T48J
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1937 Sedanca Coupe
Coachbuilder: Barker
Chassis Num: 3CP178
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1937 Roadster
Coachbuilder: Inskip
Chassis Num: 3CP18
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1938 Sedanca de Ville
Coachbuilder: Barker
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1938 Cabriolet
Coachbuilder: Mazzara & Meyer
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1938 All-Weather Limousine
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1938 Sedanca de Ville
Coachbuilder: Hooper
Chassis Num: 3-CP-200
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1938 Drophead Coupe
Coachbuilder: James Young
Chassis Num: 3AX193
Engine Num: V58F
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1938 Sedanca de Ville
Coachbuilder: Park Ward & Co.
Chassis Num: 3CM61
Engine Num: R98L
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1938 All-Weather Limousine
Coachbuilder: Mulliner
Chassis Num: 3DL56
Engine Num: H78W
Chassis information for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III1939 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Gurney Nutting
Chassis Num: 3DL122

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