1938 Rolls-Royce Phantom III

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

1938 Vehicle Profiles

1938 Rolls-Royce Phantom III vehicle information

All-Weather Limousine
Coachwork: Mulliner

Chassis Num: 3DL56
Engine Num: H78W

This stunning Rolls-Royce Phantom III started life as a Hooper & Co. Limousine. It was the only Phantom III registered in Ireland, and was originally ordered by Dr. William Lombard Murphy, son and heir to famed industrialist William Martin Murphy. Th....[continue reading]

1938 Rolls-Royce Phantom III vehicle information

Cabriolet
Coachwork: Mazzara & Meyer

This is a Rolls Royce Phantom III which had its original body re-engineered by Mazzara & Meyer. Mazzara & Meyer was an engineering and design firm who were able to transform this Rolls-Royce into a convertible. In 1953, the hood was replaced by an ....[continue reading]

1938 Rolls-Royce Phantom III vehicle information

Sedanca de Ville
Coachwork: Park Ward & Co.

Chassis Num: 3CM61
Engine Num: R98L

The Phantom III was an entirely different car from the previous Phantoms with a V12 engine of 7338cc, 120 horsepower, four-speed transmission and weight of 6,160 lbs. With input from Gabriel Voisin, it had an international reputation of modern design....[continue reading]

1938 Rolls-Royce Phantom III vehicle information

Sedanca de Ville
Coachwork: Hooper

Chassis Num: 3-CP-200

The Rolls-Royce Phantom II was replaced by the Phantom III in 1935. The Phantom III was the company's first 12-cylinder model. The engine was more compact than the straight-six Phantom II engine and the firewall could be moved forward about eight add....[continue reading]

1938 Rolls-Royce Phantom III vehicle information

Sedanca de Ville
Coachwork: Barker

The Rolls-Royce Phantom III featured the marque's only 12-cylinder engined chassis. The Phantom III was built from 1935 to 1939, when the war ended production, so only 710 Phantom IIIs were produced. The extremely complex engine design was the last t....[continue reading]

1938 Rolls-Royce Phantom III vehicle information

Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: James Young

Chassis Num: 3AX193
Engine Num: V58F

Rolls-Royce had years of experience developing and building V12 aero engines before introducing a 7,338cc V12 engine into their new Phantom III. The Phantom III was also equipped with new independent front suspension using a design borrowed from Gene....[continue reading]

All-Weather Limousine by Mulliner
Chassis #: 3DL56 
Cabriolet by Mazzara & Meyer
 
Sedanca de Ville by Park Ward & Co.
Chassis #: 3CM61 
Sedanca de Ville by Hooper
Chassis #: 3-CP-200 
Sedanca de Ville by Barker
 
Drophead Coupe by James Young
Chassis #: 3AX193 


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Model Year Production

#1#2#3Rolls-Royce
1942Chevrolet (254,885)Ford (160,432)Plymouth (152,427)
1941Chevrolet (1,008,976)Ford (691,455)Plymouth (522,080)
1940Chevrolet (764,616)Ford (541,896)Plymouth (430,208)
1939Chevrolet (577,278)Ford (487,031)Plymouth (423,850)
1938Chevrolet (465,158)Ford (410,263)Plymouth (285,704)
1937Ford (942,005)Chevrolet (815,375)Plymouth (566,128)
1936Ford (930,778)Chevrolet (918,278)Plymouth (520,025)
1935Ford (820,253)Chevrolet (548,215)Plymouth (350,884)
1934Ford (563,921)Chevrolet (551,191)Plymouth (321,171)
1933Chevrolet (486,261)Ford (334,969)Plymouth (298,557)

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