Rolls Royce Phantom II - 137GY

1930 Rolls Royce Phantom II 40-50h.p. Two Door Drophead Coupé

In 1929 the arrival of the Rolls-Royce Phantom II set new standards for others to follow. The production run of the Silver Ghost was history and the Phantom I, introduced in 1925, had enjoyed a short production run. The Phantom II, introduced at the Olympia Motor Show in 1929, was updated by the unit construction of engine and gearbox and maintained the Rolls Royce reputation for excellence.

It was a vehicle specifically designed with the chauffeur driven passenger in mind. At the time the only home-produced rival to compare with the Phantom II was the Bentley 8 Litre, which was a faster vehicle but was thought to be far less chauffeur friendly, with considerably heavier steering and a gearbox which was more difficult to operate. With a chassis price of £1,900 and petrol consumption of 12 m.p.g. the PII was a car aimed at the top end of the market and the model found favour with the British aristocracy.

This car has been the subject of a major restoration.

The coachwork has been built in the style of the Park Ward four seater Coupé built on the 1930 Phantom II chassis number 195GY and illustrated on P.178 of Those Elegant Rolls-Royce by Lawrence Dalton. It is a credit to the restorer that they chose coachwork of this complexity rather than the usual open tourer or boat deck bodied replica which is more commonly seen.

Great attention has been paid to detail throughout the restoration, resulting in a superb car.

Thanks to the current owner's meticulousness, there is also an extensive and thorough documentation of the car's history, restoration and maintenance work.

Subsequently, Fiennes Restoration has undertaken a recommissioning of the car after a period of storage, with particular attention paid to the steering and the brakes, and including a full overhaul of the carburettor.

The finished car now runs beautifully, is sure to turn heads, and will be wonderful for touring.

Offers invited.

Registration No. UY 3537
Chassis No. 137GY
Engine No. MW25
Engine: six cylinder in line, cast in threes, overhead valve, water-cooled, bore 108mm, stroke 139.7mm, capacity 7,668c.c. Four speed gearbox in unit with engine; single plate clutch; open propellor shaft to hypoid rear axle; semi-elliptic suspension front and rear. Wheelbase 12ft 6in. Tyres 7.00 x 21in.