1932 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Phantom II tourer pointe bateau
Lot 384
1932 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Phantom II tourer pointe bateau
Sold for €138,000 (US$ 186,037) inc. premium
Lot Details
1932 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Phantom II tourer pointe bateau
Châssis no. 100MS
Moteur no. WP75

La Phantom II fut présentée en 1929 pour succéder à la New Phantom (rétrospectivement baptisée Phantom I), les livraisons débutant en septembre de la même année. Contrairement à sa devancière, qui héritait du châssis du précédent modèle, la 40/50 HP Silver Ghost, la Phantom II avait un châssis entièrement nouveau, inspiré de celui de la plus petite Rolls Royce 20 HP. Construit en deux longueurs d'empattement, 3,66 m et 3,80 m, ce châssis surbaissé avec le radiateur reculé permettait aux carrossiers de l'habiller de formes modernes, créant des dessins plus élégants que les hautes caisses d'autrefois.

Le moteur avait également été profondément modifié. Les cotes et la disposition des cylindres de la Phantom I – deux blocs de trois cylindres avec culasse en aluminium commune – étaient conservées, mais les chambres de combustion avaient été redessinées et la culasse était désormais de type crossflow, avec les collecteurs d'admission et d'échappement de chaque côté. Le double système d'allumage par magnéto et bobine restait identique à celui de la Phantom I. Résultat de toutes ces modifications au moteur, des performances en nette amélioration - notamment sur le modèle Continental - et la possibilité d'adopter des carrosseries plus lourdes.

Cette Phantom II a commencé sa vie sous forme d'une berline à carrosserie Thrupp & Maberly. À un moment donné, de sa vie, le châssis fut acheté par un gentilhomme danois vivant au Kenya, M. H. Baungaard, qui le ramena au Danemark. Sur ce châssis, on trouvait une carrosserie tourer pointe bateau de bonne facture, réalisée au Kenya par un certain M. Tanner, un artisan très adroit mentionné dans le best seller de la romancière danoise Karen Blixen Out of Africa. Restaurée à grand frais au début des années 1990, la voiture se présente en très bon état général et est vendue avec ses papiers d'identité kenyan et un rapport d'inspection technique danois.

1932 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom II Boat Tail Tourer
Chassis no. 100MS
Engine no. WP75

The Phantom II was introduced in 1929 as a successor to the New Phantom (retrospectively known as the 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 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.

This particular Phantom II started life as a saloon with coachwork by Thrupp & Maberly. At some stage in its life the chassis was acquired by a Danish gentleman living in Kenya, Mr H Baungaard, who brought it back to Denmark. With it came a well-constructed boat tail tourer body made in Kenya by a Mr Tanner, a very capable craftsman mentioned in the best-selling novel 'Out of Africa' by the Danish writer Karen Blixen. Restored at considerable cost during the early 1990s, the car is described as in generally very good condition and offered with Kenyan identity papers and a Danish technical inspection document.

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