1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom I All-Weather Cabriolet by Murphy For Sale by Auction
H&H Classics Limited - Imperial War Museum, Duxford Auction
Viewing Day: Tuesday 18th June 2019
Auction Day: Wednesday 19th June 2019 @ 13:00.
Estimate: £120,000 - £160,000
Registration No:SV 8070
- Springfield built Phantom 1
- Rare Murphy of Pasadena All-Weather Cabriolet coachwork
- 1 of only 6 made by Murphy and reputedly only 1 left with original body
- Rolls-Royce branded headlamps
- Current ownership since 2001
- Body restoration by Steve Penney with photographic record
- Comprehensive toolkit
- New clutch just fitted in March 2019
"After seven years of experiment and test, the 40/50hp six cylinder Phantom chassis emerged, and is offered to the public as the most suitable type possible for a mechanically-propelled chassis under present-day conditions" (New Phantom launch brochure, May 1925).
By 1925, the Rolls Royce Silver Ghost had been upstaged by a younger generation of more technically advanced luxury cars. The glory days of the 1913 Alpine Trials had long passed and both F. Henry Royce and RR sales manager Claude Johnson felt the need to produce a new claimant to the title 'best car in the world'. Just as the competition between car manufacturers was becoming increasingly fierce so that between rival coachbuilders had intensified correspondingly. With the arrival of each faster, more powerful chassis came the opportunity to construct ever more lavish, sophisticated coachwork. To ensure that their cars could be fitted with the finest bodies in the world, Rolls Royce introduced the 'New Phantom'. While, its tapered channel-section chassis, four-speed manual transmission, supple springing (semi-elliptic front, cantilever rear) and ingenious gearbox driven servo assisted four wheel brakes owed much to its predecessor, the Phantom's 7668cc engine was all new. Quoted as being an impressive thirty three per cent more powerful than the Ghost's unit, it featured overhead valves set in a detachable cylinder head, two cylinder blocks with three cylinders each, aluminium alloy crankcase and a massive seven bearing crankshaft. Bore and stroke dimensions of 108 x 139.7mm resulted in abundant torque enabling the Phantom to accelerate from walking speed to approximately 80mph in top gear.
This advert has now been removed through sale or otherwise, please see the list below for similar live adverts