By order of the Executors of the late Peter Smith-Stafford 1969 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI Seven Passenger Limousine Coachwork by Mulliner, Park Ward Ltd. Registration no. TUJ 136H Chassis no. PRH 4560 Engine no. 4560
Launched at the 1968 Motor Show at Earls Court, the mighty Phantom VI was an exclusive, cost-no-object, limousine for a limited and discriminating clientele. The new model was a logical development of the Phantom V which it replaced, retaining the same superlative Mulliner, Park Ward Ltd. coachwork while replacing the old 6.2-litre Silver Cloud III engine of its predecessor with the more powerful V8 Silver Shadow unit. For the new model factory-fitted air-conditioning was an option, models so fitted featuring an air inlet grille on the scuttle. Mulliner, Park Ward Ltd. constructed coachwork in the traditional way with aluminium panels hand-beaten using wooden panel bucks and rollers, pinned and clinched to a galvanised steel and alloy frame. Author Lawrence Dalton surely had the Phantom VI in mind when he titled his Rolls-Royce book 'The Classic Elegance' and although each model produced by Mulliner, Park Ward was to similar specifications, in each case the customer's detailed requirements were provided for and this was certainly not production line manufacture. The British Motor Industry recognised the status of the Phantom VI when it presented Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with a Rolls-Royce Phantom VI Mulliner, Park Ward limousine as a Silver Jubilee gift in 1977.
History on file records that this car was ordered in 1967, possibly with entertainer Englebert Humperdink as its expected first owner. Delivery was originally scheduled for late 1968 but delays in manufacture resulted in the first scheduled owner not taking delivery. In the time elapsed between order and delivery the specification of the Rolls-Royce Phantom had been enhanced and in due course this car was delivered on 5th August 1969 to dealers Mead of Maidenhead the invoice price £11,414. Detailed build specification sheets for this car are on file. The full history of the car is not recorded but information on file suggests that the car was in Germany in the 1980s, during which time it saw occasional use on ceremonial duties, perhaps carrying Her Majesty The Queen. Details also on file suggest that the Duchess of Kent rode in this car. The car subsequently spent time in Brunei. While in Germany it appears that the interior was reupholstered to the highest standard in Baroda Blue cloth. The penultimate owner acquired the car in 1995, the Phantom joining a small fleet of chauffeur driven limousines. The late Peter Smith-Stafford acquired this car in December 2000, the car at the time being in good running order. He used the car occasionally and some time ago embarked on adjustments to the automatic gearbox. We feel that this work was not completed and the car stood in less than ideal conditions for some years prior to his recent death. Overall however we feel that the car is worthy of recommissioning and may well be sounder mechanically than outward appearance would suggest. Certainly that was the indication given to us by its late owner. This elegant limousine comes with old and current style Swansea registration documents, a framed photograph taken some years ago and a detailed history file.