1926 Rolls-Royce  Phantom I Landaulet de Ville  Chassis no. 51 DC Engine no. NS 35
Lot 367
1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Landaulet de Ville
Coachwork by Maythorn & Son Ltd Registration no. YR 799 Chassis no. 51 DC Engine no. NS 35
Sold for £51,750 (US$ 86,002) inc. premium
Lot Details
1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Landaulet de Ville
Coachwork by Maythorn & Son Ltd

Registration no. YR 799
Chassis no. 51 DC
Engine no. NS 35

Footnotes

  • Rolls-Royce's 'single model' policy had proved to be an outstanding success for the company but immediately after the end of The Great War the recession in the motor trade prompted the introduction of a smaller and cheaper 20hp car to be built alongside the existing 40/50hp Silver Ghost. Henry Royce's new design incorporated a number of modern features such as overhead valve-gear for its six-cylinder engine, a centre-change gearbox and 'Hotchkiss drive' rear axle, the advanced newcomer's arrival only serving to emphasise the Silver Ghost's Edwardian origins. However, the 45/50hp model would soon benefit from developments pioneered on its smaller sibling.

    Long-awaited successor to the 'Ghost, the New Phantom arrived in 1925. 'After seven years of experiment and test, in the course of which no promising device had remained untried, the 45/50hp Phantom chassis emerged, and is offered to the public as the most suitable type possible for a mechanically propelled carriage under present-day conditions,' announced Rolls-Royce.

    Retrospectively known as the 'Phantom I', the newcomer boasted an entirely new push-rod overhead-valve, 7,688cc, six-cylinder engine with detachable cylinder head, a unit considerably more powerful than that of its Edwardian predecessor. The New Phantom, like the 20hp, adopted a disc-type clutch and adjustable radiator shutters; its chassis though, remained essentially the same as that of the later four-wheel-braked 'Ghost and would continue fundamentally unchanged until the arrival of the Phantom II in 1929 brought with it an entirely new frame. Some 2,212 Phantom I chassis had left Rolls-Royce's UK factory by the time production ceased.

    Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts' Club correspondence on file states that '51 DC' was ordered by Major J P Cohen, MP and delivered to him on 18th October 1926. The Phantom carries enclosed landaulet de ville coachwork by Maythorn & Son Ltd of Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, a long established carriage maker that had taken up car bodying in the early years of the 20th Century and would continue to do so until it went bankrupt in 1931. The R-REC latter, dated 21st May 1990, states that at that time '51 DC' was the only known example of a landaulet de ville extant from this coachbuilder, commenting: 'The car was also unique in so far as all the bright parts were finished in pure silver plate.'

    From 1929 onwards the Phantom was in the USA where the landaulet's rear opening section was replaced with a permanent hardtop, the work being carried out by the coachbuilder Fleetwood. The car returned to the UK in 1988 and the then owners – H R Limousines of Marlow, Buckinghamshire – succeeded in retrieving the original registration mark 'YR 799'.

    Acquired by its current owner in July 1989 from Sotheby's auction at the R-REC Annual Rally, Althorp Park, Northamptonshire. The Phantom benefits from a set of newly cast wheels, the originals having become unserviceable, and an interior re-trimmed by Alan Geater of Thatcham. The work was done in two stages beginning with the rear, which received a new roof lining and was re-trimmed in oatmeal Bedford cord, followed in March 2014 by the front, which was re-upholstered in brown leather. Serviced by marque specialists Hoffmans of Henley (bills on file), 'YR 799' is described as in generally very good condition, its engine running well and silently, just as one would expect. The car is offered with the aforementioned R-REC correspondence, sundry restoration invoices, current road fund licence, V5C document and a quantity of expired MoT certificates for the period 1989-2012.
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