1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III

The Rolls-Royce Phantom III was produced from 1936 through 1939 with a total of 727 examples built (a final chassis was built in 1940 and due to the time necessary to complete the vehicles, cars were still receiving coachwork and delivered in 1940 and 1941). It replaced the Phantom II and was the only V-12 powered Rolls-Royce until the introduction of the Silver Seraph in 1998. The Phantom III was the final car that Henry Royce work on, as he passed away at the age of 70 a year into the vehicle's development.

The Phantom III rested on a 142-inch wheelbase and had an independent front suspension by a coil spring-based system with a semi-elliptical spring unit in the rear. Wire wheels were standard although many owners selected Ace wheel discs which altered the vehicle's appearance and required less time to clean. Stopping power was provided by 4-wheel servo-assisted brakes.

The aluminum-alloy, pushrod, overhead-valve V-12 engine displaced 7.32 liters and had a stroke of 4.5 inches and a bore that measured 3.25 inches. The overhead valves were operated by a single camshaft in the valley between the cylinder banks. There was a twin ignition system with two distributors, 24 spark plugs, and two coils.

The engine was mated to a four-speed manual transmission with synchromesh on gears 2, 3, and 4. In 1938, an overdrive gearbox was added.

Rolls-Royce produced the chassis and mechanical components, with bodies being created by coachbuilders.


by Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2019

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The Phantom III was the first Rolls-Royce to be fitted with a V12 engine, which was probably an inevitable development as the company was already manufacturing aero engines in this configuration. When the Phantom III was unveiled at the 1935 Olympia Motor Show it was the most technically advanced car in the world and many believe the best car ever made. The 7340 cc. V12 overhead valve engine had....
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The Phantom series culminated with the marques only 12-cylinder chassis, the Phantom III. These great cars were built from 1935 until 1939, when World War II ended production, with only 710 produced. The extremely complex design was the last Henry Royce had any involvement in before his death in 1933, and borrowed heavily from Rolls Royces experience building airplane engines.....
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1937 Vehicle Profiles

1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III vehicle information

Sedanca Deville
Coachwork: Hooper

Chassis Num: 3BT133
Engine Num: L58Q

During the five year production run from 1935 through 1939, there were a total of 710 examples of the Phantom III produced. This example is a Sedanca Deville-style coachwork designed by Hooper & Co. It was ordered by H.H. Leven, Esq. of the White Har....[continue reading]

1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III vehicle information

Saloon
Coachwork: Mulliner

The new Phantom III was introduced in the fall of 1935. Announcing of the brand new Phantom III was a very substantial break from Rolls-Royce tradition. Phantom III was equipped with a brand new V-12 engine, which produced 180 hp at 3000 rpm. By havi....[continue reading]

1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III vehicle information

Drophead
Coachwork: Thrupp and Maberly

Chassis Num: 3AZ178

The Rolls-Royce Phantom III was the final large Rolls-Royce built before the war. Introduced in 1935, it was the only V12 Rolls-Royce until the introduction of the Silver Seraph in 1998. The unique disappearing top coachwork on this PIII (chassis 3AZ....[continue reading]

1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III vehicle information

Sports Torpedo Cabriolet
Coachwork: Barker

A total of 710 Rolls-Royce Phantom IIIs were built between 1936 and 1939, many being delivered to titled customers. This is a rare example built by Barker with Sports Torpedo Cabriolet coachwork. It was built to the order of His Highness Balbhadra Na....[continue reading]

1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III vehicle information

Tourer
Coachwork: Thrupp and Maberly

When the Phantom III was unveiled at the 1935 Olympia Motor Show it was the most technically advanced car in the world; many believe it was the best car ever made.....[continue reading]

1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III vehicle information

Four-Door Cabriolet
Coachwork: Vanden Plas

Chassis Num: 3-BT-185
Engine Num: K-68-R

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-....[continue reading]

1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III vehicle information

Chassis Num: 3BU160
Engine Num: F-38-V

This 1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca DeVille with chassis 3BU160 sits atop of a 142 inch wheelbase and is powered by a 7338 cc 12-cylinder engine capable of producing 120 horsepower. It has custom coachwork courtesy of H. J. Mulliner. It is an....[continue reading]

1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III vehicle information

Cabriolet
Coachwork: Voll & Ruhrbeck

Chassis Num: 3BT187

This Phantom III Rolls-Royce has been given a comprehensive restoration since new. It wears a four-door cabriolet body with coachwork by Voll & Ruhrbeck. After the cars restoration, the car was invited to the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance, and lat....[continue reading]

1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III vehicle information

Coupe
Coachwork: Vesters & Neirinck

Chassis Num: 3CP144
Engine Num: T48J

This Rolls-Royce Phantom III chassis was delivered to the Brussels dealer Andre Pisart for Jean Francqui, who ordered this two-door coupe by Vesters & Neirinck of Brussels. The unique design blends English razor-edged coachwork with Continental touch....[continue reading]

1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III vehicle information

Sedanca
Coachwork: Freestone & Webb

This Rolls-Royce Phantom III has a very interesting early history. It started life in 1937 with a limousine body built by a small English coach building company called W.C. Atcherley; it was one of only ten Rolls-Royce cars built by that company. I....[continue reading]

1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III vehicle information

Sedanca Coupe
Coachwork: Barker

In 1935, the Phantom III replaced the Phantom II to meet the growing competition from European and American manufacturers with V12, V8 and inline power units. The decision to use a V12 design would be Royce's last major contribution to the Rolls-Royc....[continue reading]

1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III vehicle information

Roadster
Coachwork: Inskip
Designer: Brewster

Chassis Num: 3CP18

When Rolls-Royce unveiled the Phantom III at the 1935 Olympia Motor Show, it was the most technically advanced car in the world. Of the 727 Phantom IIIs built, fewer than 20 were bodied in the United States - all by the J.S. Inskip Company, which had....[continue reading]

1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III vehicle information

Saloon
Coachwork: Barker

The Phantom III series was the last large Rolls-Royce built prior to the outbreak of World War Two. It was introduced in 1936 and remained in production through 1939.....[continue reading]

1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III vehicle information

Saloon
Coachwork: Mulliner

Chassis Num: 3CM65
Engine Num: K48S (titled as K485)

This Phantom III completed testing on October 13, 1937 and was sent as stock to Car Mart Ltd. After testing, the completed chassis was sent to H.J. Mulliner and given Saloon coachwork and many amenities, including a unique double sunroof. It was sold....[continue reading]

1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III vehicle information

Sports Limousine
Coachwork: Hooper

Chassis Num: 3BT85
Engine Num: V88G

Chassis number 3BT85 was sent from the Derby works factory on April 22nd of 1937 for shipment to Hooper & Co. in London. It is a standard length chassis that was given a 'sports enclosed limousine' body and equipped with steering at the 'F' rake, wit....[continue reading]

1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III vehicle information

Sports Cabriolet
Coachwork: Vanvooren

Chassis Num: 3CM81

This Rolls-Royce Phantom III with its smooth 7,338cc V12 engine has a stylish two-door body built by the Parisian Carrosserie Vanvooren. This car was designed and built for the Polish General Wladyslaw Sikorski and delivered to him in Warsaw in 1937.....[continue reading]

1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III vehicle information

Sedanca Coupe
Coachwork: Barker

Chassis Num: 3CP178

The Rolls-Royce Phantom III was very different from previous Phantoms; it featured the company's first 12-cylinder engine, which was more compact than the previous straight-6, and the firewall was moved forward, allowing coachbuilders to create more ....[continue reading]

1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III vehicle information

Special Henley Coupe
Coachwork: Inskip

Chassis Num: 3CP124

This Rolls-Royce 40/50 hp Phantom III was ordered from the Derby factory in June 1937 by the U.S. Rolls-Royce agent J.S. Inskip, and on July 6 the bare chassis was shipped from England to New York aboard the SS Carinthia. Inskip was also the head of ....[continue reading]

1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III vehicle information

Sports Saloon
Coachwork: Barker

Chassis Num: 3CM92

This phantom III Barker Sports Saloon was built for Sir George Macpherson-Grant, the Laird of Ballindalloch Castle in Scotland. Sir George ordered his special sports saloon to be built by the coachbuilder Barker & Company of London with a few extras,....[continue reading]

1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III vehicle information

Sedanca Coupe
Coachwork: Barker

Chassis Num: 3BU76

This Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca Deville wears Barker Coachwork that was installed in 1937 and subsequently dispatched on the SS Cathay to Bombay, India, where it was delivered to its first owner, the Maharaja Sir Man Singh Bahadur II of Jaipur. ....[continue reading]

Sedanca Deville by Hooper
Chassis #: 3BT133 
Saloon by Mulliner
 
Drophead by Thrupp and Maberly
Chassis #: 3AZ178 
Sports Torpedo Cabriolet by Barker
 
Tourer by Thrupp and Maberly
 
Four-Door Cabriolet by Vanden Plas
Chassis #: 3-BT-185 
Chassis #: 3BU160 
Cabriolet by Voll & Ruhrbeck
Chassis #: 3BT187 
Coupe by Vesters & Neirinck
Chassis #: 3CP144 
Sedanca by Freestone & Webb
 
Sedanca Coupe by Barker
 
Roadster by Inskip
Chassis #: 3CP18 
Saloon by Barker
 
Saloon by Mulliner
Chassis #: 3CM65 
Sports Limousine by Hooper
Chassis #: 3BT85 
Sports Cabriolet by Vanvooren
Chassis #: 3CM81 
Sedanca Coupe by Barker
Chassis #: 3CP178 
Special Henley Coupe by Inskip
Chassis #: 3CP124 
Sports Saloon by Barker
Chassis #: 3CM92 
Sedanca Coupe by Barker
Chassis #: 3BU76 


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1933Chevrolet (486,261)Ford (334,969)Plymouth (298,557)
1932Chevrolet (313,404)Ford (210,824)Plymouth (186,106)

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