1935 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Royce himself knew they were lagging behind: 'I have long considered our present chassis out of date.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 Now we all know it is easier to go the old way, but I so fear disaster by being out of date, and I have a lot of stock left, and by the sales falling off by secrets leaking out, that I must refuse all responsibility for a fatal position unless these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

1935 Vehicle Profiles

1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom II vehicle information

All Weather Drophead Coupe

The Phantom II replaced the New Phantom in Rolls-Royce's offerings in 1929. The Rolls-Royce Phantom II was the last of the great six-cylinder cars whose development from first draft to completion had entirely been supervised by Mr. F. Henry Royce hi....[continue reading]

1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom II vehicle information

All Weather Drophead Coupe

Chassis Num: 107TA

There is competition even amongst the most luxurious automotive manufacturers. In some ways, there is perhaps even more competition than there is in mass produced automobiles. At the time Rolls-Royce introduced its Phantom II, the Phantom I had only ....[continue reading]

1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom II vehicle information

Fixed Head Coupe
Coachwork: Hooper

Chassis Num: 70 TA

This Rolls-Royce Phantom II Fixed Head Coupe wears coachwork by Hooper & Co. Chassis 70 TA was originally dispatched to Hooper on January 10th of 1935 and was expected to be completed in early March. It was finished in black with a brown mid-section.....[continue reading]

1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom II vehicle information

All Weather Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Binder

Chassis Num: 187 TA

This is the last Phantom II drophead built and was shipped February 22, 1935. It is fitted with Binder, 3-position convertible coachwork. It is the last chassis in the TA series, therefore, incorporates all of the improvement to the series.....[continue reading]

1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom II vehicle information

Sedanca de Ville
Coachwork: Barker

Chassis Num: 58UK
Engine Num: RX35

Chassis number 58UK is a late example and the 13th away from the final car built on the long chassis. It was built with Sedanca de Ville coachwork by Barker & Co for Rt. Hon. Lady Astor. It has a number of stylistic flourishes typical of this late se....[continue reading]

1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom II vehicle information

All Weather Drophead Coupe
Coachwork: Windovers

Chassis Num: 37TA
Engine Num: VS 85

This Rolls-Royce was ordered on August 14, 1934 by the British coachbuilder Windovers of 62 Conduit Street, London W1. The invoice was made out on January 14, 1935. The balance was paid on January 23, the day Rolls-Royce delivered the chassis to Wind....[continue reading]

1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom II vehicle information

Town Car
Coachwork: Brewster

Chassis Num: 76UK

Chassis #76UK was one of the last Phantom IIs made. It was the last Phantom II imported into the United States. This car represents the end of an era, its lineage goes all the way back to the 1907 Silver Ghost. The Town Car coachwork is by Brewster w....[continue reading]

1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom II vehicle information

Continental Streamline Coupe
Coachwork: Gurney Nutting

Chassis Num: 62UK

This Phantom II short-chassis Continental Streamlined Coupe is one of five PII Continentals exported to India and the last of the 280 Continentals built by Rolls-Royce. The chassis was sent to Gurney Nutting on behalf of the Maharaja of Jodhpur who s....[continue reading]

All Weather Drophead Coupe
 
All Weather Drophead Coupe
Chassis #: 107TA 
Fixed Head Coupe by Hooper
Chassis #: 70 TA 
All Weather Drophead Coupe by Binder
Chassis #: 187 TA 
Sedanca de Ville by Barker
Chassis #: 58UK 
All Weather Drophead Coupe by Windovers
Chassis #: 37TA 
Town Car by Brewster
Chassis #: 76UK 
Continental Streamline Coupe by Gurney Nutting
Chassis #: 62UK 


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