Bonhams : 1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II ‘Continental’ Touring Saloon Chassis no. 64GX Engine no. FF75

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1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Touring Saloon

Coachwork by Mulliner Co.

Chassis no. 64GX

no. FF75

* 7.7-liter straight six

* Four-speed manual transmission

* ‘Continental’ specification

* Well history

* Retains the original coachwork

* Unique flared and dual rear-mounted spare

* Eligible for major Concours events

The Phantom II was introduced in as a successor to the New Phantom (retrospectively I) with deliveries commencing in of that year. Unlike its which inherited its underpinnings the preceding 40/50hp model, the Ghost, the Phantom II employed an new chassis laid out along the of that of the smaller 20hp Built in two wheelbase lengths 144 and 150 – this new low-slung with its radiator set well enabled coachbuilders to body the car in the idiom, creating sleeker than the upright ones of the

The 7,668cc engine too had come in for revision. The PI’s cylinder and basic layout – two of three cylinders with an cylinder head common to blocks – were but the combustion chambers had been and the ‘head was now of the cross-flow type, inlet and exhaust manifolds on sides.

The result of these changes was greatly enhanced particularly of the Continental model, and the to accommodate weightier coachwork. around the short (144) II chassis and introduced in 1930, the was conceived as ‘an enthusiastic driver’s car’ and featured rear suspension, higher ratio and lowered steering By the end of production the magnificent Phantom II was good for 95mph. ‘Powerful, delightfully easy to control and a it behaves in a manner which is to convey without seeming to opined The Motor after a PII Continental in March 1934.

Produced in very limited with only 281 examples completed, the Phantom II Continental’s owners included such names as the racing drivers Sir Campbell and Woolf Barnato, Ali Khan, Princess Alexis the Prince of Nepal, the Earl of the Earl of Roseberry, Lord the Maharajah of Jodhpur and Noel

Favored by all the fashionable coachbuilders of the the Phantom II chassis provided the for some of the truly outstanding and this particular Touring is no exception, being the work of coachbuilders H.J. Mulliner and Co. A design, notable features uniquely flared wings, rear mounted spare blind quarters, painted wheel covers and side louvers extending to the cowl.

in April of 1931, ’64GX’ with copy chassis recording it was sold new via CH Martin of Cliff Bridge, Lewes, in early June 1931 to its owner, Mr. H Asa Thomas, Esq. Mr. was the long-time friend and attorney of American philanthropist and millionaire art Edward Perry Warren.

Warren’s … in late Thomas inherited his entire including an immense art collection, housed Rodin’s The Kiss dozens of other notable and the historic Lewes House and It’s assumed that funds cleared probate time in 1930, prompting Mr. to purchase a number of fine with his new-found wealth, ’64GX’.

Mr. Thomas’ ownership extended for three decades, the first of ownership (according to a copy of the British Excise Act Registration records) occurring in November to a Mr. Bernard Geoffrey Collings of The chassis cards list subsequent owners including a Mr. Sturgeon of Surrey (whom a thorough restoration in October and a Mr.

W.B. St. John Montagu of (whom commissioned a comprehensive rebuild in June 1971).

The car was to the United States in January and would remain with one for 35 years until his … in

We are advised that ’64GX’ has only 50,175 miles to documented by various service sales agreements, registration and a hand written mileage and journal that are all on file. the consignor’s purchase of the car in 2011, a restoration began with the aim to the original structure, retaining as original components as possible and where necessary.

Following disassembly of the wings, running doors, mudguards, under-wing and all interior trim, the coachwork was to bare metal and refinished in the car’s original color, silver pinstriping. The oxblood red leather seats have complimented by completely new Wilton carpeting, a refurbished headliner and polished original walnut wood accents.

The original wheels are fitted proper color-matched discs and with six matching Denman The car has received over $25,000 in work by marque experts DD of Covington, Ohio and Roger of Beaumont, California, allowing for a and sporting drive quality, as intended. Labor included, but was not to work on the cam followers, new pistons and and an overhaul of the radiator and water (bills on file).

Matching engine and body numbers to a very original car, presented and ready for its next owner’s enjoyment.

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