Rolls-Royce Phantom 2

Phantom 2 1929 - 1935

The series beginning with the Silver Ghost continued in 1929 with the Phantom II. A development of the Phantom I, the new car continued to use the by-now familiar style of Rolls-Royce engine and chassis design, improved and updated to compete with luxury cars from other British, Continental and American manufacturers.

Production numbers: 1672.

Technical Specification

Engine: 6 cylinders. Capacity 7668cc. Pushrod-operated overhead valves. Twin cylinder blocks on an aluminium 2-piece crankcase. 7 bearing crankshaft with vibration damper. Single detachable 12-plug aluminium cylinder head. Pressure fed lubrication by gear type pump. Oil capacity 16 pints.

Ignition: Independent magneto and coil, each firing 6 plugs.

Cooling system: Engine driven pump and fan. Radiator shutters initially manually-operated; from 1931 controlled by a 'calorstat' mounted in the radiator top tank.

Carburation: R-R 2-jet type with automatic air valve and starting carburettor. 1933 single jet semi-expanding type carburettor. 1935 choke size increased.

Fuel system: 20-gallon rear tank and Autovac with engine-driven vacuum pump. Hobson Telegauge on the dashboard with hand air-pump.

Transmission: 4-speed gearbox in unit with the engine with a single plate clutch. Open propeller shaft. Right hand gearchange.

Suspension: Leaf springs, semi-elliptic front and rear. Hydraulic lever arm shock dampers, equipped with Ride Control from 1933. Continental models had stiffer springs, auxiliary Hartford dampers and later Hartford Telecontrol dampers.

Brakes: Internal expanding 4 - wheel operation with independent handbrake on the rear wheels. Mechanical servo driven from the gearbox.

Steering box: Worm and nut.

Chassis lubrication: Part oil gun and centralised lubrication. Full chassis 'One-Shot' lubrication introduced 1931.