Originally owned by The Hon Dorothy Paget,1931 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom II 'Continental' Sports Saloon 1931  Chassis no. 48GX
Lot 269
Originally owned by The Hon Dorothy Paget, 1931 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom II 'Continental' Sports Saloon 1931
Chassis no. 48GX
€120,000 - 160,000
US$ 140,000 - 190,000

Lot Details
Originally owned by The Hon Dorothy Paget,1931 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom II 'Continental' Sports Saloon 1931  Chassis no. 48GX Originally owned by The Hon Dorothy Paget,1931 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom II 'Continental' Sports Saloon 1931  Chassis no. 48GX Originally owned by The Hon Dorothy Paget,1931 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom II 'Continental' Sports Saloon 1931  Chassis no. 48GX Originally owned by The Hon Dorothy Paget,1931 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom II 'Continental' Sports Saloon 1931  Chassis no. 48GX Originally owned by The Hon Dorothy Paget,1931 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom II 'Continental' Sports Saloon 1931  Chassis no. 48GX
Originally owned by The Hon Dorothy Paget
1931 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom II 'Continental' Sports Saloon 1931
Coachwork by Barker & Co

Chassis no. 48GX
The Phantom II was introduced in 1929 as a successor to the New Phantom (retrospectively Phantom I) with deliveries commencing in September of that year. Unlike its predecessor, which inherited its underpinnings from the preceding 40/50hp model, the Silver Ghost, the Phantom II employed an entirely new chassis laid out along the lines of that of the smaller 20hp Rolls-Royce. Built in two wheelbase lengths - 144" and 150" - this new low-slung frame, with its radiator set well back, enabled coachbuilders to body the car in the modern idiom, creating sleeker designs than the upright ones of the past.
The 7,668cc engine too had come in for extensive revision. The PI's cylinder dimensions and basic layout - two blocks of three cylinders with an aluminium cylinder head common to both blocks - were retained but the combustion chambers had been redesigned and the 'head was now of the cross-flow type, with inlet and exhaust manifolds on opposite sides. The magneto/coil dual ignition system remained the same as on the PI.
The result of these engine changes was greatly enhanced performance, particularly of the Continental model, and the ability to accommodate weightier coachwork. Designed around the short (144") Phantom II chassis and introduced in 1930, the Continental was conceived as 'an enthusiastic owner driver's car' and featured revised rear suspension, higher axle ratio and lowered steering column. By the end of production the magnificent Phantom II Continental was good for 95mph. 'Powerful, docile, delightfully easy to control and a thoroughbred, it behaves in a manner which is difficult to convey without seeming to over-praise,' opined The Motor after testing a PII Continental in March 1934.
Highly favoured by prominent coachbuilders, the Phantom II chassis provided the platform for some of the truly outstanding designs of its day and this short-chassis Continental model wears handsome sports saloon coachwork by Barker & Co of London, one of the finest of all British coachbuilders and a firm associated with Rolls-Royce from the latter's earliest days. Chassis number '48GX' was supplied new to The Hon Dorothy Paget, the immensely wealthy racehorse owner who in 1929 had agreed to finance the team of 'Blower' Bentleys created by Sir Henry (Tim) Birkin. Accompanying copy chassis cards record the next owner as H Waddington Esq of Glenlivet, Banffshire (dated 1949) followed by two in South Africa, commencing in 1963. Its original UK registration was 'GP 4680'.
'48GX' was purchased by the current owner from Jack Barclay in London 16 years ago and has been in private ownership in the Netherlands since then. The car is offered with Netherlands registration papers and invoices from Dutch marque specialists Stenger totalling €35,000 for recent work on the engine (cylinder head) and suspension. Finished in beige with brown interior, this Continental is a good example of the 'Sporting Phantom', suitable for touring in the grand manner and any number of prestigious events.

Introduite en 1929 pour remplacer la New Phantom (Phantom I rétrospectivement), les livraisons commencèrent en septembre. Contrairement à sa devancière qui héritait les solutions mécaniques de la 40/50hp précédente (la Silver Ghost), la Phantom II bénéficiait d'un tout nouveau châssis inspiré par celui de la petite Rolls-Royce 20hp. Construit sur deux empattements -144'' et 150'' – ce nouveau cadre surbaissé doté d'un radiateur très reculé permit aux carrossiers de traiter la voiture dans un style plus moderne en créant des silhouettes plus élancées et moins 'verticales' que les précédentes.
Le moteur de 7,668 cm3 avait fait l'objet d'une profonde révision. Les cotes et l'architecture de base du PI – deux blocs de trois cylindres sous une seule culasse en aluminium – furent conservées, mais les chambres de combustion avaient été redessinées et la culasse était désormais du type à flux de gaz traversant avec des tubulures d'admission et d'échappement opposées. Le système de double allumage à magnéto et à bobine de la PI était conservé.
Le résultat de ces modifications introduites sur le moteur se traduisit par un gain de performance, notamment sur le modèle Continental, et la possibilité d'établir des carrosseries plus lourdes. Conçue à partir du châssis court Phantom II de 144 pouces (365 cm) et introduite en 1930, la Continental, destinée aux 'propriétaires amateurs de conduite', profitait d'une suspension arrière révisée, d'un rapport de pont plus long et d'une colonne de direction abaissée. Vers la fin de sa production, la Phantom II Continental atteignait 150 km/h. 'Puissante, docile, délicieusement facile à contrôler et vrai pur sang, elle se comporte d'une façon difficilement appréciable sans tomber dans l'excès de louange', écrivit The Motor après avoir essayé une PII Continental an mars 1934.
Très appréciée par les meilleurs carrossiers, le châssis Phantom II servit de base à quelques-unes des plus extraordinaires créations de l'époque et le châssis court Continental reçut de superbes caisses de berline sport de Barker & Co de Londres, un des plus doués de tous les carrossiers britanniques et une firme associée à Rolls-Royce depuis les débuts de la marque. Le châssis n° 48GX fut livré neuf à The Hon. Dorothy Paget, richissime propriétaire de chevaux de course, qui avait accepté en 1929 de financer l'équipe des Bentley 'Blower' créée par Sir Henry (Tim) Birkin. Les copies des fiches du châssis indiquent comme propriétaire suivant H. Waddington Esq de Glenlivet, Banffshire (en 1949) suivi par deux autres en Afrique du Sud à partir de 1963. L'immatriculation originale au Royaume-Uni était 'GP 4680 '.
'48GX' achetée par l'actuel propriétaire auprès de Jack Barclay à Londres il y a 16 ans a été conservée depuis par un collectionneur privé aux Pays-Bas. La voiture est offerte avec ses papiers néerlandais et des factures du spécialiste hollandais de la marque Stenger pour un total de €35,000, les travaux ayant porté sur la culasse et la suspension. Peinte en beige avec intérieur brun, cette Continental d'excellente provenance est un bon exemple de 'Sporting Phantom' bien adaptée au tourisme en grand style, aussi bien qu'aux manifestations actuelles les plus prestigieuses.
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