Rolls-Royce Phantom V
Lot 622
1963 Rolls-Royce Phantom V limousine Chassis no. 5LVA85 Engine no. A42PV
Sold for €97,750 (US$ 129,851) inc. premium
Lot Details
1963 Rolls-Royce Phantom V limousine
Chassis no. 5LVA85
Engine no. A42PV
Présentée en 1959, la nouvelle limousine à empattement long de Rolls-Royce, la Phantom V, remplaçait à la fois la Phantom IV, réservée aux têtes couronnées et aux chefs d'état, et la Silver Wraith. La nouvelle Phantom, construite sur un châssis de Silver Cloud profondément modifié et renforcé, mesurait 6 mètres de long et permettait aux carrossiers de réaliser des carrosseries aux lignes agréables, combinant confort et habitabilité avec un coffre généreux. Un rapport de pont assez bas lui permettait d'afficher des accélérations équivalentes à celles des autres Rolls-Royce, même si sa vitesse maximale de plus de 160 m/h était un peu inférieure.

La carrosserie intégrée Park Ward Limited construisait la version limousine "de série" à sept places de la Phantom V. La sellerie du compartiment conducteur était traditionnellement en cuir, qui était aussi proposé pour le compartiment arrière avec un drap de laine. Comme on est en droit de s'y attendre sur ce type de voiture, un bar était souvent inclus dans le compartiment arrière, tandis que les vitres électriques et l'air conditionné faisaient partie des options les plus demandées. Le dessin de Park Ward ne subit pratiquement aucune modification jusqu'à l'arrivée des Silver Cloud III et Bentley S3 à l'automne 1962, quand la Phantom reçut les mêmes doubles phares que celles-ci et un nouveau dessin de sa partie supérieure.

Cette Phantom V conduite à gauche, châssis n° 5LVA85, fut achetée neuve en 1963 par le grand collectionneur Bill Harrah, restant en sa possession jusqu'en 1975, quand elle fut acquise par Madame Alice C. Tyler de Beverley Hills, en Californie. L'agence Rolls-Royce de Beverley Hills en assura l'entretien tout le temps où elle fut en sa possession.

Le vendeur a acheté la Phantom à la vente aux enchères de Pebble Beach en août 1993, date depuis laquelle elle a subi une restauration mécanique et carrosserie complète du plus haut niveau, repeinte et équipée selon ses propres spécifications. Un compte-rendu détaillé de cette restauration figure au dossier.

La voiture est bleue avec des panneaux latéraux décorés de cannage, tandis que l'intérieur est en cuir assorti avec le logotype Harrods sur la garniture de toit. L'équipement intérieur comprend télévision, video, fax, téléphones (x3), compartiment à boisson réfrigéré et bar. Entretenue sans limitation de budget, cette imposante et unique limousine a parcouru environ 118,000 km et est vendue avec ses papiers V5C du Royaume-Uni (sous l'immatriculation KGJ 284A) ainsi qu'un historique complet comprenant de nombreuses factures. Il est à noter que l'échappement fume un peu.

1963 Rolls-Royce Phantom V Limousine
Chassis no. 5LVA85
Engine no. A42PV

Introduced in 1959, Rolls-Royce's new limousine model, the long-wheelbase Phantom V effectively replaced both the royalty/heads of state-only Phantom IV and the Silver Wraith. Built on a much modified and strengthened Silver Cloud II chassis, the new Phantom measured over 6 metres (19' 6") in length and enabled coachbuilders to combine the desirable qualities of spacious interior accommodation with generous boot space and graceful lines. A lower final drive ratio ensured that, while top speed was a little down on that of its stable-mates, though still in excess of 100mph, the new Phantom could all but match them for acceleration.

Rolls-Royce's in-house coachbuilder Park Ward Limited produced what was in effect the 'standard' seven-passenger limousine coachwork for the Phantom V. The usual upholstery for the front compartment was leather, which was also included in the list of alternatives for the rear along with West of England cloth. As one would expect in a car of this class, a cocktail cabinet was often incorporated into the rear compartment's cabinetwork, while electric windows and air conditioning were among the preferred options. Park Ward's design remained substantially unaltered until the introduction of the Silver Cloud III and Bentley S3 in the autumn of 1962 when it was revised to incorporate the new models' four-headlamp lighting arrangement and a completely new above-waistline treatment.

Left-hand drive Phantom V chassis number '5LVA85' was bought new in 1963 by celebrated car collector, the late Bill Harrah, remaining in his ownership until 1975 when it was purchased by Mrs Alice C Tyler of Beverley Hills, California. Rolls-Royce of Beverley Hills maintained the car during Mrs Tyler's ownership.

The current vendor purchased the Phantom at the Pebble Beach auction in August 1993, since when it has undergone a full mechanical and body restoration to the highest standards, being refinished and extensively upgraded to his own specification. A comprehensive record of this renovation is on file.

The car is finished in blue with golden basket weave to the side panels, while the interior is trimmed in matching leather with the Harrods logo on the headlining. Interior equipment includes a television, video player, analogue fax machine, telephones (x3), wine cooler and a cocktail cabinet. Expertly maintained in house regardless of cost, this unique and imposing limousine has covered 73,800 miles from new and comes with UK V5C document (for the registration number 'KGJ 284A') and a comprehensive history file containing numerous invoices. It should be noted that the exhaust is a little smoky.

Saleroom notices

  • V5 is a copy. No invoices. No history file.
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