1932 Rolls-Royce Phantom II

History

The Phantom II was the first completely new car since the 20HP seven years earlier. The Phantom II was still rated 40/50 HP but was lower and the springing half-elliptic all around.
The car, although to Royce's design and specification, was mainly the work of his West Wittering design team and included many innovations and a redesigned engine that, with the gearbox, was now one unit.

The introduction of the Phantom II, only four years after the Phantom I, was prompted again by increased competition from other manufacturers, particularly Buick and Sunbeam. Ironically, the head of Buick had bought a Phantom I and, which so impressed everyone at Buick that they stripped it and copied much of what they learned.

Royce himself knew they were lagging behind: 'I have long considered our present chassis out of date. The back axle, gearbox, frame, springs have not been seriously altered since 1912. Now we all know it is easier to go the old way, but I so fear disaster by being out of date, and I have a lot of stock left, and by the sales falling off by secrets leaking out, that I must refuse all responsibility for a fatal position unless these improvements in our chassis are arranged to be shown next autumn, and to do this they must be in production soon after midsummer 1929.'

Royce was influenced by the lines of the current Riley Nine, and the manner in which the rear passenger's feet were tucked comfortably under the front seats in 'boxes', enabling 'close-coupled' coachwork to be fitted. Royce decided to build a special version of the car for his personal use.

Superb coachwork with modern styling was now available and Royce decided on a lightweight sporting body, which Ivan Evenden designed and Bakers built. This car became the forerunner of the legendary Phantom II Continentals.

The chassis is the standard Phantom II short model with a few modifications. These consist of a low steering column and specially selected springs. There never was a defined speciation of a Continental Phantom II. The series to series engineering improvements were applied to all chassis.

Source - Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Limited

The Rolls-Royce Phantom II was very similar to the Phantom I in many ways, but brought improvements such as a higher horsepower rating and the removal of the traditional torque-tube drive. Instead, the engine and gearbox were constructed in unit with each other rather than being separate. The Autovac was now using an engine-driven pump. A new water-heated induction system was used. The Battery and magneto ignition was the same as in the Phantom I. Built-in centralized lubrication was now a standard feature and the Catilever rear springs were shed in favor of semi-elliptic units. The bodies of the car sat atop of a separate sub-frame which helped eliminate distortion.

After the construction of the first Phantom II, named the 18 EX, it was put through its paces on a 10,000-mile test drive to identify the vehicles short-comings and to ensure the vehicle was constructed to Rolls-Royce standards. The car was driven on many types of terrain and at various speeds. It was reported that the car drove best at 70-mph.

Most of the left-hand drive coachwork, those vehicles intended for the United States market, was handed by Brewster and Co. The European versions were bodied by names such as Hooper, Arthur Mulliner, Park Ward, Barker, and Thrupp & Maberly.

Construction of the Phantom II lasted from 1929 through 1935, at which point it was succeeded by the Phantom III and its large twelve-cylinder engine.


By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2007

1932 Vehicle Profiles

1932 Rolls-Royce Phantom II vehicle information

Newmarket Sport Sedan
Coachwork: Brewster

Chassis Num: 301AJS

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1932 Rolls-Royce Phantom II vehicle information

Sedan Laudaulet
Coachwork: Castagna

This 1932 Rolls-Royce 282 AJS was delivered 12/31/32 to Mrs. W.H. Luden of the Luden Cough Drop Company.

Rolls-Royce of America was commissioned by Mrs. Luden to build a Phantom II left-hand drive chassis in England and ship it to the USA in....[continue reading]

1932 Rolls-Royce Phantom II vehicle information

Sedanca de Ville
Coachwork: Barker

Chassis Num: 166 MS
Engine Num: SS 25

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1932 Rolls-Royce Phantom II vehicle information

Roadster
Coachwork: Henley

This Rolls-Royce Phantom II is one of seven Henley Roadsters built by the New York coach building firm, Brewster. When new, such a car cost $21,500.....[continue reading]

1932 Rolls-Royce Phantom II vehicle information

Henley Roadster
Coachwork: Brewster

This 1932 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Henley Roadster with coachwork by Brewster was the 1931 New York Auto Salon show car. The first owner was F.K. Brewster of New Haven, likely a member of the Brewster coachbuilding family. It is believed that this car ....[continue reading]

1932 Rolls-Royce Phantom II vehicle information

Drophead Coupe Croydon
Coachwork: Brewster

Chassis Num: 239AJS
Engine Num: C35T

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1932 Rolls-Royce Phantom II vehicle information

Drop Head Tourer
Coachwork: James Young

Chassis Num: 20MS

The Rolls-Royce Phantom II was the third and last of the marque's 40/50 hp models, replacing the New Phantom in 1929. This 1931 Rolls Royce Phantom II Continental Drophead Coupe is one of just two Phantom IIs bodied by James Young. It is thought to h....[continue reading]

Newmarket Sport Sedan by Brewster
Chassis #: 301AJS 
Sedan Laudaulet by Castagna
 
Sedanca de Ville by Barker
Chassis #: 166 MS 
Roadster by Henley
 
Henley Roadster by Brewster
 
Drophead Coupe Croydon by Brewster
Chassis #: 239AJS 
Drop Head Tourer by James Young
Chassis #: 20MS 


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