1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III

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1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III vehicle information

Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Freestone & Webb

Chassis Num: 3AZ174

The 6200 pound Rolls-Royce Phantom III was driven by a 7.3-liter twelve-cylinder engine producing 160 horsepower, making it capable of 16-second 0-60 mph dashes. W.A. 'Roy' Robotham was responsible for the decision to build the twelve-cylinder PIII a....[continue reading]

1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III vehicle information

Sport Saloon
Coachwork: Gurney Nutting

Gurney Nutting Coachwork At its Finest
Frederick Henry Royce made his first car, a 'Royce,' in his Manchester factory in 1904. He met Charles Stewart Rolls on May 4th of that year, and the pair agreed to a deal where Royce would manufactur....[continue reading]

1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III vehicle information

Saloon
Coachwork: Mulliner

Chassis Num: 3AX79
Engine Num: 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 ....[continue reading]

1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III vehicle information

Sedanca deVille
Coachwork: Binder

In 1884, Frederick Henry Royce started an electrical and mechanical business and made his first car, the 'Royce', in his Manchester factory in 1904. He met Charles Stewart Rolls that same year and the two agreed to a plane in which Royce would manufa....[continue reading]

1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III vehicle information

Enclosed Limousine
Coachwork: Hooper

Chassis Num: 3 AZ 226
Engine Num: N 14 M

This Hooper-bodied Phantom III Enclosed Limousine was delivered to its first owner, Sir Walter Rea of London, in January 1937 after its coachwork had been completed. The car was finished in beige and black with grey cloth in the rear passenger compar....[continue reading]

1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III vehicle information

3 Position Drophead
Coachwork: Gurney Nutting

Chassis Num: 3AZ158

The Rolls-Royce Phantom III, introduced in 1936, had a brand new aluminum-alloy 7.32-liter, V12 engine to compete with the V16 Cadillac and V12 Hispano-Suiza. A total of 727 Phantom IIIs were built between 1936 and 1939, and many have survived, inclu....[continue reading]

1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III vehicle information

Sedanca deVille
Coachwork: Windovers

Chassis Num: 3AX175

This Rolls Royce Phantom III Sedanca De Ville wears coachwork by Windover Coach, Ltd. It has spent many years resting in a private collection. It is currently finished in white and appears to have been given a cosmetic restoration in the 1970s. At th....[continue reading]

1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III vehicle information

Sedanca de Ville
Coachwork: Park Ward & Co.

Chassis Num: 3AEX37

The Phantom III, introduced in 1936, was Rolls-Royce Motor Cars' final prewar model and the only one ever built with a V12 engine until the introduction of the Silver Seraph in 1998. A total of 727 Phantom IIIs were built before World War II put a ha....[continue reading]

1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III vehicle information

Sport Saloon
Coachwork: Mulliner

The Phantom III carried on the tradition of special names including the Ghost and the Wraith; and the Spirit, yet-to-be introduced. This was the first Rolls-Royce to be powered by a V-12 engine - incredibly complex, yet silent, smooth, and powerful i....[continue reading]

Drophead Coupe by Freestone & Webb
Chassis #: 3AZ174 
Sport Saloon by Gurney Nutting
 
Saloon by Mulliner
Chassis #: 3AX79 
Sedanca deVille by Binder
 
Enclosed Limousine by Hooper
Chassis #: 3 AZ 226 
3 Position Drophead by Gurney Nutting
Chassis #: 3AZ158 
Sedanca deVille by Windovers
Chassis #: 3AX175 
Sedanca de Ville by Park Ward & Co.
Chassis #: 3AEX37 
Sport Saloon by Mulliner
 

History

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 a one-piece aluminum alloy crankcase and cylinder blocks and cast-iron wet cylinder liners and aluminum head.

The Phantom II was the first Rolls-Royce to have indendent front suspension; this was of the wishbone type and was controlled by coil springs and hydraulic dampers. The new suspension enabled the radiator and engine to be moved further forward on the shortened chassis, giving coachbuilders scope to build very spacious bodywork.

In chassis form the car cost 1,850 pounds, just 50 pounds more than the far less sophisticated Phantom II this was presumed to have been possibly because the swiftly selling smaller models subsidized the top of the range Phantom III.

During the design process of this car Henry Royce's poor health was failing further and he worried that he would not live to see the outcome of his work. Tragically this proved to be correct.

Source - Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Limited

The Phantom series culminated with the marque's 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 Royce's experience building airplane engines.


By Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2007

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