1928 Rolls-Royce Phantom 1 Newmarket Convertible
Coachwork by Brewster & Co.
Chassis no. S 393 KP
Engine no. 20938
Body no. 5521
Freshly presented in immaculate black paintwork, accented with red and with contrasting polished aluminum hood, this is a very fine and highly original example of Brewster's all-weather Newmarket Convertible Sedan.
The car has a known history from new, which is recorded on its factory records: it was originally sold to John B. Ellsworth of Simsbury, Connecticut on May 11th, 1929. Ten years later in November 1939, it was purchased by Dorothy and Fred Hudson of the Hotel Webster, West 45th St. New York City. Post-war in March 1949 the car was sold to Henry L. Benedetto of Elmont, Long Island. November 21, 1950 it passed to Daniel Dinsmore of Orange, New Jersey. March 22, 1951, there was then a change of ownership to Mortimer Ryon of Ithica, New York. In 1952 the Newmarket was purchased by its next long term owner, Hayward C. Carleton of Norwell, Mass. who would keep the car until 1980. Between 1980 and this year, just three further custodians have enjoyed the use of the car, one for the bulk of it, 25 years.
These also confirm that the car has matched engine, chassis and body from new. In addition to the factory records, there are a number of pertinent pieces of history on file, notably a copy of a very early title document from the first owner, an instruction leaflet for the 'Sesamee' combination lock to the running board tool locker clearly an original feature and the original Rolls-Royce key fob/dash roundel, inscribed with its chassis number.
In the previous ownership, the car received sensible re-commissioning after a long period of storage, including full flushing and cleaning of the fuel, grease and oiling systems, rebuilding the carburetor and progressively sorting the electrics. The brakes were gone through and adjusted/overhauled where necessary. For practicality, signal lights were as has an inverter so that 12 volt electric appliances such as cellphone chargers can be run off its 6 volt system, the windshield wiper has similarly been rebuilt and fitted with a variable speed switch. Completing this has been a complete re-trim in sumptuous Andrew Muirhead Scottish leather in chestnut color to match the original door cappings and dash. In more recent times, the paintwork has been redone in the striking livery in which it is presented today, the hood polished and all the nickel brightwork returned to its former glory through careful polishing off its age-old tarnish.
All of the work has enabled the car to be used with some regularity and without concern for its reliability. More major excursions have included attending the Phantom 1 Society meeting in 2007, a round trip of more than 800 miles and exhibition at the Hamptons, Americana/Manhassett, and Lewisboro Concours d'Elegances in New York State.
This is an extremely authentic, well presented and attractive example of the marque and model.