Two owners, 64,000 miles from new 1970 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI Limousine H J Mulliner, Park Ward Registration no. J 8076 Chassis no. PRH4606 Engine no. 4606
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.
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. Now built by the combined firm of H J Mulliner, Park Ward Ltd, the car lived on into the 1990s as the Phantom VI, its passing in 1992 marking the final demise of the separate-chassis Rolls-Royce.
Right-hand drive Phantom VI chassis number 'PRH4606' was supplied new to a London property developer whose estate disposed of it upon his death in 1987. A letter from the first owner's company states it was his from new and had recorded a genuine mileage of 61,403, while a copy of the registration document on file shows that the original registration was 'EBC 81J'. The current owner acquired the car in 1987 and set about some minor works to bring it up to scratch. In its 25 years in Jersey the Phantom has covered fewer than 2,500 miles and has had over £15,000 spent on it (bills on file). Always dry stored and covered, it has mostly been used for wedding hire in the island and has been laid up for the last five years. A comprehensive file comes with it.
Originally supplied in black, the Phantom has received a two-tone cream treatment to the lower half, commissioned by the current owner. Minor corrosion to the rear arches was attended to and both body and chrome are said to be in very good condition. This low-mileage Phantom has been maintained regardless of cost, being routinely serviced and benefiting from a replacement gearbox. New tyres were fitted recently and various minor faults will be attended to, and a service carried out, prior to sale.
Upholstered in tan leather to the front and Bedford Cord to the rear, with immaculate burr walnut dash and door cappings, the original interior remains in very good condition. An electric partition is fitted together with a drinks cabinet complete with cut crystal glasses and decanters, while the tan Wilton carpets are complemented by additional sheepskin rugs (added in 1988). Additional TV/video and front/rear stereo systems were fitted by the current owner at great expense (they are easily removable). Offered with the aforementioned documentation, this imposing Phantom VI limousine is certainly the most distinguished transport to be seen arriving in at a wedding or that special occasion. Please note 5% import duty is payable if remaining within the EU.