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1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom II All Weather Convertible

  • Coachwork by Thrupp and Maberly
  • Chassis Number: 3XJ
  • Engine Number: ZH25
  • Style Number: ZH25
  • Body Number: 6241
When the Maharaja of Darbhanga passed away on July 3, 1929, he was succeeded by his brother, Rameshwar Singh Bahadur. Six days later, he placed an order for this Rolls-Royce Phantom II, which was delivered on January 25, 1930, aboard the S.S. Mulberra to the port of Calcutta. It was originally fitted with a tourer body by Hopper and was registered in the UK as DS 8794. The Maharaja elected to update the appearance of his Rolls-Royce in 1935 with a Thrupp & Maberly body. They were commissioned to build a new body for the five-year-old Phantom II. The new body was modern but with features that the Maharaja liked in the previous body, such as the 280 millimeter Grebel headlights and cowl-mounted searchlights. The new body featured rounded skirted fenders, a lower-than-standard windshield and roofline, and a swept polished cowl molding. This is the only known Phantom II to have been built to this one-off design.

Upon completion, the car was featured in the January 17, 1936 issue of The Autocar and also appeared in the February 1936 issue of Modern Motoring.

The car remained with the Maharaja for 38 years, until 1967. It then passed through a succession of British owners before it was acquired in 1976 by James Leake. Mr. Leake retained the car for over a decade. The car returned to England in 1987 at the sale of Mr. Leake's collection, later making its way into the ownership of Gert Kaiser, of Germany, from whom the present owner acquired it in 1997.

The current caretaker has treated the car to a complete mechanical rebuild by specialists on both the East Coast and in the United Kingdom. It had its engine rebuilt to as-new, including the installation of a new cylinder head, pistons, bearings, and seals, and it was completely rewired.

The car has earned no fewer than four Rolls-Royce Owners' Club National awards, followed by Best in Class at the Meadow Brook Concours d'Elegance in 2009.

By Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2015
In 1929, Rolls-Royce introduced the Phantom II to help combat sales competition from the Bentley 6.5 and 8 liter models. The engine in the Phantom II was a inline six-cylinder unit that had two blocks of three and a one piece aluminum head and crankcase with 7668cc displacement. In 1931, the company acquired rival car maker Bentley.

In total, there were 1,767 examples of the Phantom II produced between 1929 and 1935.

This vehicle is an all-weather convertible built by Trupp & Maberly for H.H., the Maharajadhiraja of Darbhanga. The car has since resided in Switzerland and Germany where the owner installed a beautiful marquetry wine and glass cabinet. From 1997 through 2000, this car was restored in England and the United States.

2015 RM Sotheby's : Monterey

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $400,000-USD $600,000 
Sale Price :
USD $357,500

1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Auction Sales

Recent Sales of the Rolls-Royce Phantom II

(Data based on Model Year 1929 sales)
1929 Rolls Royce 40/50hp Phantom II Cabriolet de Ville
Chassis#: 121XJ
Sold for USD$147,823
  2016 Bonhams : The Goodwood Festival of Speed Sale
 
1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Torpedo Tourer by Barker
Chassis#: 50XJ
Sold for USD$434,500
  2015 RM Sotheby's Hershey Auction
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1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom II All-Weather Tourer by Thrupp & Maberly
Chassis#: 3XJ
Sold for USD$357,500
  2015 RM Sotheby's : Monterey
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1929 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom II Sedanca de Ville
Chassis#: 24EX
Sold for USD$184,657
  2013 Bonhams - Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais
 
1929 Rolls Royce Phantom II Imperial Cabriolet
Chassis#: 127XJ
Sold for USD$180,000
  2012 Mecum - Monterey, CA
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1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Sedanca de Ville by Barker
Chassis#: 133WJ
Sold for USD$221,940
  2012 Aalholm Automobile Collection
 
1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Short-Coupled Saloon
Chassis#: 33WJ
Sold for USD$59,197
  2012 H & H Auctions - Rockingham Castle
 
1929 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II
Sold for USD$137,500
  2012 Auctions America - Ft Lauderdale, Fl
 
1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Imperial Cabriolet by Hibbard and Darrin
Chassis#: 127 XJ
Sold for USD$110,000
  2011 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Amelia Island
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1929 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom II Weymann Sports Saloon
Chassis#: 61XJ
Sold for USD$333,519
  2011 Bonhams - Bonhams Oxford, Collectors' Motor Cars
 
1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Weymann Saloon
Sold for USD$143,000
  2010 Auctions America : Auburn Collector Car Auction
 
1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Torpedo Tourer
Sold for USD$770,000
  2010 Gooding and Company - Pebble Beach Auctions
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1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Boattail Tourer
Sold for USD$85,250
  2010 RM Auctions - The Pate Collection
 
1929 Rolls-Royce 40/50 hp Phantom II Open Tourer
Chassis#: 87WJ
Sold for USD$81,916
  2010 RM Auctions - Sporting Classics of Monaco
 
1929 Rolls-Royce 40/50 hp Phantom II Special Cabriolet 'Hunting Car'
Chassis#: 86XJ
Sold for USD$89,363
  2010 RM Auctions - Sporting Classics of Monaco
 
1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Imperial Cabriolet
Chassis#: 127 XJ
Sold for USD$227,000
  2009 Greenwich Concours d'Elegance, Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia
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1929 Rolls-Royce Phanton II Dual Cowl Touring
Sold for USD$82,500
  2009 Worldwide Auctioneers - The Weinberg Collection Auction 2009
 
1929 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II DUAL COWL TOURING
Sold for USD$95,700
  2009 Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction
 
1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom II
Chassis#: 127XJ
Sold for USD$231,000
  2006 RM Auctions at Amelia Island
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1929/30 Rolls-Royce Rolls-Royce Phantom II 40/50hp Sedanca de Ville
Chassis#: 133 WJ
Sold for USD$135,326
  2004 Bonhams - Important Collectors Motor Cars
 

Rolls-Royce Phantom IIs That Failed To Sell At Auction

1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom II's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1929 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom II Weymann Sports Saloon461XJ2021 Bonhams : Goodwood Revival : Collectors Motor Cars and Automobilia $130,000$160,000
1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom II 40/50hp Sedanca de Ville40WJ2015 Bonhams : Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais $110,000$150,000
1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Torpedo Tourer by Barker50XJ2014 Motor City Auction by RM Auctions$625,000$650,000$850,000
1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Short-Coupled Saloon33WJ2011 RM Auctions London$120,750$110,000$140,000
1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Imperial Cabriolet127XJ2008 RM Auctions Automobiles of Arizona$180,000$200,000$225,000

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1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom II

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Torpedo Tourer
Coachwork: Barker
Chassis #: 50XJ
Engine #: 5025X
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Tourer
Coachwork: Brewster
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All Weather Convertible
Coachwork: Thrupp and Maberly
Chassis #: 3XJ
Engine #: ZH25
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Imperial Cabriolet
Coachwork: D'Ieteren
Chassis #: 127XJ
Engine #: JX45
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Short Coupled Saloon
Coachwork: Weymann

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