1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Saloon / 3AX79 Chassis Information

1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III photograph

1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III photograph

1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III photograph

1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III photograph

1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III photograph

1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III photograph

1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III photograph

1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III photograph

1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III photograph

1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III photograph

1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III photograph

1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III photograph

1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III photograph

1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III photograph

1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III photograph

1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III photograph

1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III photograph

1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III photograph

1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III photograph

1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III photograph

1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III photograph

1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III photograph

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Saloon
Coachwork: Mulliner
Chassis #: 3AX79
Engine #: E98W
This 1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Saloon has an unusual design and history of ownership. It was originally ordered to the specifications of Alan Samuel Butler, the chairman of the de Havillard Aircraft Company. The chassis was sent by Rolls-Royce to coachbuilder H.J. Mulliner on November 20th of 1936. The design was to satisfy Mr. Butler's nuanced understanding of aerodynamics and included features such as a forward-sloping V-split windscreen, a swept tail, an internally contained spare tire, and a dash console highlighted by a Smith Aneroid altimeter.

Mr. Butler bequeathed this unique Rolls-Royce to the British army for use by the chiefs of the British General Staff in 1940. Stipulations accompanied the car, such as routine maintenance by qualified Rolls-Royce personnel, and that it would never leave the country.

The car came under the command of several lesser-known generals for the following few years, until June 5, 1944, when it was allocated to General Bernard Montgomery ('Monty'). A year after receiving the car, he rode it into the streets of Berlin, reportedly making it only the second British car to enter the city. After the war, General Montgomery persuaded officials to allow him to purchase chassis 3AX79. He would use the car until the death of his long-time chauffeur, Sergeant Cedric Parker, in 1962.

The car was sold a year later to an individual from Muskogee, Oklahoma, who would exhibit the car in his personal 'Leake Museum.' It has been shown at many museum exhibits and concours events, including the 2003 marque centenary celebration at the Petersen Automotive Museum.

In 2009, the car was offered for sale at the Gooding & Company auction held at Pebble Beach, CA. It was expected to sell for $250,000 - $350,000. The lot would leave the auction unsold.


By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2010


2009 Pebble Beach Auction : Gooding & Company

Pre-Auction Estimates :
$250,000-$350,000 
Lot was not sold

2019 2
2017 1
2016 2
2015 1
2014 3
2012 1
2009 1
2006 1
2005 1
2004 1

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1936 sales)
1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville in the style of Inskip
Chassis#: 3BT 161
Sold for $168,356
  2019 RM Sothebys : Essen
 
1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Limousine by Inskip
Chassis#: 3AZ190
Sold for $128,800
  2019 RM Sothebys : Scottsdale Arizona
 
1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III V-12 Sedanca Deville
Chassis#: 3AX175
Sold for $74,250
  2017 Motostalgia : Amelia Island
1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III image  1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III image  
1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III 40/50hp Sunroof Landaulet Coachwork by Baker
Chassis#: 3AX97
Sold for $59,400
  2016 Bonhams : Preserving the Automobile
 
1936 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III 40/50HP SEDANCA DE VILLE
Chassis#: 3 AZ 40
Sold for $71,500
  2016 Scottsdale, The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
 
1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III 40/50 Touring Saloon with Division Window
Chassis#: 3AZ48
Sold for $57,200
  2015 Bonhams : Preserving the Automobile
 
1936 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III SPORTS FOUR-SEATER
Chassis#: 3BU86
Sold for $852,500
  2014 Bonhams Quail Lodge Auction
 
1936 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III SEDANCA DE VILLE PROJECT
Chassis#: 3AZ170
Sold for $15,396
  2014 COLLECTORS' MOTOR CARS AND AUTOMOBILIA
 
1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III 40/50hp Enclosed Limousine
Chassis#: 3 AZ 226
Sold for $36,300
  2014 Bonhams - The Scottsdale Auction
1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III image  1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III image  
1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III 3 Position Drophead By Gurney Nutting
Sold for $1,479,209
  2012 Coys Auction - Monaco 'Legende et Passion'
 
1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville
Chassis#: 3AZ24
Sold for $87,405
  2009 Bonhams - Collectors Motor Cars and Automobilia
 
1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Limousine
Chassis#: 3AZ134
Sold for $59,512
  2006 Bonhams - A Sale of Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Select Pre-War Motor Cars and Automobilia
 
1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Rolling Chassis
Chassis#: 3AX3
Sold for $24,005
  2005 Bonhams - Important Collectors' Motor Cars
 
1936 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom III Saloon with Division
Chassis#: 3AZ72
Sold for $33,733
  2004 Bonhams - Rolls-Royce & Bentley Motor Cars
 

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Touring Limousine3-AZ-1862017 Bonhams : London Olympia $150,000$180,000
1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville3AZ2362010 RM Auctions Sporting Classics of Monaco$85,000$150,000$200,000
1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Saloon3AX792009 Pebble Beach Auction : Gooding & Company $250,000$350,000

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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 Saloon
Coachbuilder: Schutter and van Bakel
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 Sedanca Coupe
Coachbuilder: Barker
Chassis Num: 3BU76
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 Sports Saloon
Coachbuilder: Barker
Chassis Num: 3CM92
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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