1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sports Saloon 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: No Reserve
Registration No:BGA 119
- Saloon with retractable glass division and twin folding occasional seats
- Twin side mounted spare wheels
- Original engine fitted and appears to be complete with all ancillaries
- Lucas P100R Lamps
- Current ownership since 1996
- Fitted heater, sun visors, centre blinds, companion mirrors
- Offered with a selection of parts to be re-fitted
We are pleased to be offering this exciting opportunity to acquire this V12 engine P111 with rare James Young bodywork. The car has been in the current ownership since 1996 during which time we are advised, much good restoration work has been carried out by the owner, including replacement of sections of the ash framework. A grand looking car ready for its next owner to continue the restoration process.
Although unveiled to the public at the October 1935 Olympia Motor Show, the Phantom III did not enter series production until May 1936. A fabulous design that reasserted Rolls-Royce's right to be considered as the world's pre-eminent car manufacturer, its cruciform-braced chassis featured independent coil-sprung front suspension, a fully floating 'live' rear axle, hydraulic shock absorbers and gearbox driven servo-assisted four-wheel drum brakes. Drawing on decades of aero-engine experience, it was powered by a 7340cc ohv V12. Fabricated largely from aluminium alloy, this technically advanced unit boasted a seven-bearing crankshaft, eight-bearing camshaft, hydraulic tappets and dual downdraught Stromberg carburettors. Effortlessly potent and eerily smooth, it required a level of care and maintenance not dissimilar to that of its Schneider Trophy winning siblings. Allied to a four-speed manual gearbox (complete with synchromesh on second, third and fourth gears), it gave most variants a 100mph top speed. Only built for three short seasons, just 727 Phantom IIIs are thought to have been despatched worldwide.
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