Rolls-Royce Phantom I

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1925#8594;1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom I

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Called the New Phantom or 40/50HP Phantom on it’s release, this model replaced the Silver Ghost with updates to the chassis and running gear. It was Roll-Royce’s flagship model until the Phantom II was released in 1929.

Compared to the Silver Ghost, the single biggest upgrade was made to the engine which was cast in three blocks, each having two cylinders and detachable cylinder heads. With a pushrod, overhead valvetrain the 7,668 cc unit was powerful enough to move around large cars. The engine’s under square engine could run smoother and a lower rpm with a favorable torque curve.

The Engine was attached to a separate 4-speed gearbox unit through a rubber coupling to reduce vibration. Power was send to the rear wheels though a torque tube.

Other upgrades from the Phantom included a disc-type clutch and adjustable radiator shutters.

A complex system of levers and suspension required constant oiling to as many as 50 separate points. The standard chassis was 143.5 inches long and a long wheel base model 150.5 inches.

Throughout production, the Phantom was upgraded in detail such as the cylinder which was cast in aluminum from 1928 onward.

The Phantom I was a great sucess for Roll-Royce which was extended to the Springfield, Massachusetts plant. American versions featured slightly different wheelbases, a 3-speed transmission and some lacked front brakes.

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1926 Rolls-Royce 40/50 hp Phantom I Open Tourer by Windover Open Tourer 6YC – sold for €170,000 The construction of this particular Phantom I, chassis 6YC, was originally commissioned by Syed Mohammad Sa’adat Ali Khan, who became the Rajah of Nanpara as a seven-year-old in 1911. Chassis 6YC came “off test” on 3rd July 1926. For the design and construction of a suitably regal open touring body, His Highness entrusted Windover, the long-standing and highly respected London coachbuilders who had already established an enviable clientele amo. more

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Gallery: 2010 RM Auctions Sporting Classics of Monaco

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Gallery: 2010 Gooding Company Pebble Beach Auction

1928 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Boattail Tourer 99EH – sold for $110,000 New Phantom chassis 99EH was ordered by J.H. Van Oden of 43 Park Lane, London. Its testing completed on February 18, 1928, Rolls-Royce delivered it to coachbuilders Thrupp and Maberly on the 23rd.

Thrupp and Maberly, then owned by Rootes, Ltd. proceeded to clothe it with a Fixed Cabriolet body, sometimes called “Faux Cabriolet,” an open-drive car whose passenger compartment has a roof that looks collapsible but is fixed in place. Before deliv. more

Gallery: 2008 Monterey Preview

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Gallery: 2011 Salon PrivГ© Auction by RM

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The car was despatched for bodywork on 26 August 1925. Copies of the ownership records name the subsequent owner as A.C. Roberts of Kent on 2 March 1934, . more

Gallery: 2011 Salon PrivГ© Auction by RM

1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Mulliner Enclosed Drive Landaulette 71RF – sold for $198,000 Offered from the Estate of John O’Quinn. Originally delivered to the Maharajah of Baroda. A sumptuously outfitted “throne room on wheels”.

Gallery: 2013 Arizona Auction by RM

1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Tourer 82OR – sold for €268,800 An original Rolls-Royce factory test car for 1929, with original engine, chassis, and body. Attractive Barker tourer coachwork, restored in eye-catching original colours. Fascinating history.

Winner of the Lucius Beebe Trophy at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

Gallery: 2013 Villa d’Erba Auction by RM

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