1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom II

All-Weather Tourer
Coachwork: Hooper
Chassis Num: 143GN
Engine Num: KX35
Sold for $225,500 at 2014 Bonhams.
While the Phantom I inherited its underpinnings from the Silver Ghost, the Phantom II, launched in 1929, employed an entirely new chassis, wîth semi-elliptic rear springs replacing the cantilever springing of the Ghost and Phantom I. The new low-slung frame, wîth its radiator set well back, enabled coachbuilders to clothe the new car in a more modern style, often creating sleeker designs rather than the more upright ones of the past. They were built in two wheelbase lengths - 144 and 150-inch.

The combustion chambers of the engine were redesigned and the head was now of the cross-flow type, wîth inlet and exhaust manifolds on opposite sides. The result was enhanced performance, particularly for the Continental model, and the ability to accommodate heavier coachwork.

Rolls-Royce produced 1,767 examples of the Phantom II during the model's five year production lifespan. Only one example was ever fitted wîth All-Weather Tourer coachwork by Hooper & Co. It was ordered new by Count P. Bon de Sousa Esq., who split time between Paris and London. The car was originally intended to be a saloon but was never commissioned as such and has maintained this All-Weather-Tourer body its entire life. It is a long-wheelbase example that was given the Continental specification motor. It was also give extra second plates to its Firths rear springs, and several other European features. The original owner specified chromium plating for the radiator and shutters, the Lucas P100 headlights, the mascot, and the windscreen wipers, but prior to delivery, some items ended up wîth matte nickel.

The car remained wîth Count de Sousa before selling it to E. Frith in Paris in September of 1930. Two years later, A.F.R. Wiggins, Esq. of Kent returned the car to the ÚK (in April of '32). Starting in 1931, it spent some time wîth L.L.B. Anges of London, followed by a Dr. W.L. Milligarr of Portsmouth who is believed to have acquired the car in the fall of 1946. The last two known English owners from the early 1950s were K. Hutchison of Surrey in June of 1951 and finally Eric Michlethwait of London the next year. Around that time, 143GN moved to California in the care of homeward bound G.I. From the 1950s until 1970, the history is not known. In 1970, it was found in Loleta, California, by Dr. Leon Garoyan who would become the car's longest term owner. It remained wîth Dr. Garoyan for more than a quarter century. In 1995, it was given a meticulous restoration. After the work was complete, the car was shown extensively (including a display-only appearance at Pebble Beach), and was the recipient of the Hooper Award from the Rolls-Royce Owners Club, along wîth many Most Elegant and Best in Class Concours awards.

The current owner acquired the car after nearly four decades in the care of Dr. Garoyan. In 2009, it completed the Pebble Beach Motoring Classic, where it drove the entire distance from Kirkland, Washington, to Monterey, CA. It completed the Tour d'Elegance and it made its second appearance at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.

Source - Blackhawk Collection
Continental Touring Saloon
Coachwork: Carlton Carriage Company
Chassis Num: 46GX
Engine Num: WK25
In 1929, Rolls-Royce introduced their New Phantom as a successor to the older Phantom, the Phantom I. The Phantom I had used the underpinnings from the preceding 40/50hp model, the Silver Ghost. For the Phantom II, Rolls-Royce created an entirely new chassis similar to the smaller 20hp Rolls-Royce. There were two wheelbase lengths available, a 144-inch and 150-inch. The cars featured a low-slung frame with the radiators positioned well back. This allowed coachbuilders to create modern and sleek designs.

Improvements to the Phantom II went beyond just its platform; the engine received attention as well. It featured two blocks of three cylinders, with an aluminum cylinder head common to both blocks. This setup was similar to the engines of the past. Where they differed was a new combustion chamber with the heads now of the cross-flow type, with inlet and exhaust manifolds on opposite sides. These changes to the engine resulted in greater horsepower and better performance. More power also meant larger and statelier bodies could be fitted.

this Phantom II Continental was the 12th example constructed, of the 281 examples produced. It wears a touring saloon body with sunroof created by the London-based firm of Carlton Carriage Company.

It was first registered in January of 1931. Its first owner was Laurence Toole Locan Esq who was residing at the Cosmo Hotel in London's West Side. The second owner of the car was the Central Motor Company of Birmingham. Ownership later passed through three private owners before coming into the possession of R.W. Tripp of Albany, Oregon in 1960. It was purchased by the current owner in 1967. While in this owner's care, the car was treated to a long-term, professional assistance restoration. The work was rewarded in 2005 with the Jung Rolls-Royce Award for best personal restoration, North California region.

This car's original exterior color was grey/black. It is currently dark green/cream. The interior features a tan Connolly hide.

In 2007 the car was offered for sale at the Bonhams Important Sale of Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia at the Quail Lodge Resort & Golf Club. It was estimated to sell for $300,000 - $350,000. At the close of the auction, the lot had been left unsold.
By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2008
Coupe by Mulliner
Coachwork: Mulliner
Chassis Num: 126GY
Engine Num: GD35
Sold for $143,000 at 2007 RM Sothebys.
1930 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom II Coupe has coachwork by H.J. Mulliner. It is chassis number 126GY which is powered by engine number GD35. This two-door saloon coachwork is finished in blue with matching top and grey interior, and matched wheel discs. There are twin side-mounted spares and whitewall tires on all four corners.

There were 1,681 examples of the Phantom II produced between 1929 and 1935. This example has been treated to a restoration that shows well in modern times. At the Bonhams Important Sale of Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia at the Quail Lodge Resort & Golf Club auction, the car was estimated to sell for $150,000 - $200,000. As the gavel fell for the final time, the lot was unsold.
By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2008
Continental Sportsman Coupe
Coachwork: Barker
Chassis Num: 42 GX
Engine Num: DH 95
The Phantom II was introduced in 1929 as a successor to the New Phantom (which later became known as the Phantom I). This was, reputedly, the last model Henry Royce designed himself.

The chassis was sent to Barker on December 12th of 1930 and given a body-style similar to the Experimental car, 26 EX. There was a supplementary fuel tank fitted in the frame and the gear lever was 3-inches longer than standard. The speedometer is in miles and kilometers. There are twin rear spares, friction shock absorbers, untarnishable finish brightwork, and a louvered hood.

The first owner was Captain Jack Frederick Conrad Kruse. It remained in his care for fewer than six months before it passed to R.H.W. Jaques of Easby Abbey, York and Down Street, Piccadilly.

Jaques entered the car on the 1932 RAC 1000 miles rally and the following year enlisted the aid of Margaret Allen (later Jennings) to contest the Monte Carlo Rally. Allen was one of the best known and successful lady drivers and one of only four women to hold a 120 mph Brooklands badge.

The car remained in Jaques care until his death. The next known owner is Thomas Neale in 1950. The current owner has retained the car for the past sixteen years. While in the current owner's possession, it was given a comprehensive rebuild that was begun by its owner. At the time, the speedometer read 83,000 miles.

The original all-black livery was changed in favor of a two-tone dark Brewster green and black.

In 2008, this Phantom II Continental Sportsman's Coupe was offered for sale at the 'Quail Lodge, A Sale of Exceptional Motorcars and Automobilia' presented by Bonhams Auction. This was its first public offering for sale. It was estimated to sell for $800,000 - $1,200,000 but as the gavel fell for the third and final time, the lot was unsold.
By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2008
Sedanca De Ville
Coachwork: Windovers
Chassis Num: 76GN
High bid of $104,500 at 2009 Worldwide Auctioneers. (did not sell)
The Rolls-Royce Phantom was basically a complete redesign of the 40/50 model, which it replaced. The 'New' Phantom, as it was known, incorporated many technical improvements that helped restore Rolls-Royce's reputation for using cutting-edge technology with the finest hand-built craftsmanship available. Perhaps one of the biggest improvements was the new pushrod, overhead valve, straight six engine, and displacing 7668cc. The design was selected for its smooth operated and inherently balanced layout. It was constructed as two groups of three cylinders topped by a single cylinder head. It was given dual ignition with a coil and magneto, and mated to a four-speed manual transmission with a single dry plate clutch.

The Phantom II model, introduced in 1929, brought with it several significant changes, adding to the host of improvements incorporated into the Phantom I (as it was now called after the introduction of the Phantom II). The Phantom II would be the last of the six-cylinder cars whose development from initial draft to completion had been supervised by F. Henry Royce. The Phantom II added four-wheel servo-assisted brakes, a redesigned suspension using semi-elliptical springs supporting the front end and new under slung rear suspension. The stately bodies that rode on this thoroughly modern chassis were able to be positioned lower in the chassis, offering better stability at speed.

From 1929 through 1936, there were 1,680 Phantom II's constructed, of which 278 were fitted with the sportier Continental chassis. All of the Phantom II models were constructed at the Derby factory in England, which Royce himself personally designed.

When a body design was commissioned, a 'bare' chassis, complete with running gear, was shipped from the Rolls-Royce factory to the designated coachbuilder. It was then fitted to a handmade, wood framed body built to the customer's specifications. This meant each car was unique with no two cars exactly alike.

This Rolls-Royce Phantom II has Sedanca de Ville coachwork handcrafted by Windovers of London. It was designed as a chauffeur driven Town Car with a disappearing top. It has unusual 'cycle' fenders with a single side mount.

This Phantom II was delivered on March 31st of 1930 to Lillie Hall, the Rolls-Royce showroom in Fulham, London, on behalf of Mr. Edward Hann. It has a long-type chassis, wire wheels, and a nickel finish for its fittings. The chassis measures 150-inches and the engine is a Pushrod-OHV 7.7-liter six-cylinder engine. The car spent most of its earlier life in England. In the early 1970s, the car came to the attention of English broker and dealer Leonard Potter. The car was in various stages of restoration when Mr. Potter heard of the car. The car was mentioned to an American collector named James C. Leake, who then purchased the car for his collection. On January 8th of 1975, Mr. Leonard Potter, acting as his agent, purchased the car for Mr. Leake through J.R. Vernon at Coys Vintage Cars, restorers of Fine Motor Cars.

Leake instructed Potter to commission a full restoration. Five different specialty venders were contracted to complete the various stages of the restoration. Much of the work was completed by the same craftsman that had originally worked at the Derby factory and various coachworks in earlier times. It was then painted in the period correct color scheme of dark blue over ice blue. The interior features hand-sewn fine needle-point tapestry from Lisbon, Portugal. The cabinetry and trimming are all imported mahogany. The goblet and glasses are vintage Harrod's.

The restoration took over six years to completion with no regard for cost. The car is period correct except for the turn signal indicators which were added for extra safety.

The car arrived from U.S. Customs on May 16th of 1982 and was placed in Mr. Leake's museum, Antiques, Inc. in Muskogee, Oklahoma, along with the rest of his collection of pre-war Rolls-Royces. In June of 19986, Mr. Mac McGlumphy purchased the car in Tulsa where it resided for the nearly two decades, until his death in 2003. It was purchased by the current owner at that time.

In 2009, this Sedanca De Ville was offered for sale at the Houston Classic Auction in Seabrook, Texas, presented by Worldwide Auctioneers. The lot was estimated to sell for $135,000 - $165,000. It was sold for the sum of $95,000, not including buyer's premium.
By Daniel Vaughan | May 2009
Dover Sedan
Coachwork: Brewster
When Rolls-Royce opened a US manufacturing plant based in Springfield, Massachusetts, and began to build Rolls-Royce cars on the Silver Ghost chassis in 1920, and the Brewster Company was responsible for many of the bodies. For the New Phantom in 1927, or the Phantom I, as it subsequently became known, Brewster offered many different styles of coachwork named after towns in England. This Dover-style sedan boasts several unique features: French-built Marchal headlights, landau bars, and no division between the chauffeur and his passengers. This car has won many concours awards and is well known within the Rolls-Royce Owners' Club, appearing in many publications.
Trouville Town Car
Coachwork: Brewster
By 1930 Rolls-Royce of America was facing difficulties and the new Phantom II was only available from the Derby factory in England. Adeline Bamberger of New York purchased the chassis in England and had it shipped to the United States to be fitted with Sedanca coachwork by Brewster. The Phantom II was the last of the great six cylinder Rolls-Royce motor cars to be supervised by Henry Royce himself. From 1930 to 1935 the Rolls-Royce Phantom II was built as a replacement to the original New Phantom of 1925, with a new chassis and a much-modified engine and transmission.

Interestingly, the current owner of this car purchased it by accident on eBay when his son misunderstood his instructions to increase a bid on an Antique gas pump and ended up successfully bidding on this Rolls-Royce.
Shooting Brake
Chassis Num: 67 XJ
Engine Num: WK 55
Sold for $110,000 at 2013 Barrett-Jackson.
Sold for $181,500 at 2015 RM Sothebys.
This Rolls-Royce Phantom II is known to have been delivered as a Weymann fabric saloon, originally through Birmingham UK agents, George Heath Limited in January 1930 to its first owner S.C. Harrison. After just ten months, the car was transferred to a new owner, W.F. Player of Staunton grange in Nottingham.

In the 1950s, the car was put into new service and with the updated Shooting Brake coachwork which it retains in modern times.

In 1962, the car was in the car of the Earl of Moray of Scotland. It later left the UK and was acquired by Charles Bickley in Florida and became part of his 'Woodie World' museum. While in Bickley's care, the car was given a comprehensive restoration in the early 1980s.

This car has many period accessories including its tinted windshield visor, side mounted sport light, a single Trippe driving light and an unusual feature of marker lamps recessed into the front fenders.

In 2012 the car was offered for sale at the Quail Lodge Sale in Carmel, CA presented by Bonhams. The car was estimated to sell for $180,000 - $220,000. As bidding came to a close, the car failed to find a buyer willing to satisfy its reserve. It would leave the auction unsold.
By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2012
Boattail Tourer
Coachwork: Hooper
Chassis Num: 23GN
Engine Num: AH 35
Sold for $627,000 at 2007 RM Sothebys.
Sold for $707,454 (€532,000) at 2010 RM Sothebys.
This 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Boat-tail Tourer was offered for sale at the 2006 Gooding & Company Auction held in Pebble Beach, Ca. It was estimated to sell for $400,000-$500,000.

It is powered by a six-cylinder overhead valve engine that is capable of producing 120 horsepower. It has four-wheel servo-assist brakes and a four-speed manual gearbox. The Hooper coach-built body sits atop a 150-inch wheelbase. Its first owner ordered the vehicle on October 18th of 1929 and had the car delivered to Hooper on February 24th of 1930. The car was completed by April of 1930.

During World War II the car served the British Ministry of War Transport where it escorted special staff and high ranking officials.

This car has separate tops for the rear and front passenger compartments. There are side mounted curtains and a tonneau cover for both compartments as well. Located in the vehicles boot is a two-drawer tool kit which is completely original.
This car was shown at the 1997 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance where it was awarded the Lucius Beebe Memorial Trophy. The Classic Car Club of America has awarded the vehicle a senior first place.

At auction the vehicle was left unsold.

It 2007 it was brought to the Monterey Sports & Classic Car Auction presented by RM Auctions, where it had an estimated value of $700,000 - $900,00. It would leave the auction under new ownership, having been sold for $627,000 including buyer's premium.

The car is the only two-place Speedster created by Hooper & Company.
By Daniel Vaughan | Dec 2007
Town Car
Coachwork: Brewster
This is the second body on this Rolls-Royce purchased by film star Constance Bennett. It was originally delivered by J.S. Inskip, the New York sales officer for Rolls-Royce in 1931, with a body by Trouville. It was traded in in 1935 at which point it was re-bodied by Brewster in the striking art deco town car coachwork which it wears today. The car featured a v-windshield, opulent interior appointments and hand-painted caning. Bennett saw the car at the 1936 New York Auto Show, purchased the car for a reported price of $17,000, and had it shipped to California. The car appeared in many MGM movies. Bennett rented the car to the studios for $250 a day. There was a standing joke in Hollywood that the car made more money than most of the actors of the time. Ms. Bennett kept the car for more than a decade until her husband lost the car in a poker game. It is currently one of the signature cars on display in the Nethercutt Collection. It is considered by many to be the most beautiful town car ever built.
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, wîth 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 wîth 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 wîth a few modifications. These consist of a low §teering 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
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