Originally the personal property of the late Rt Hon The Earl Mountbatten of Burma, KG, PC, GCB, OM, GCSI, GCIE, GCVO, DSO, FRS,1929/30 Rolls-Royce Rolls-Royce Phantom II 40/50hp Sedanca de Ville  Chassis no. 133 WJ Engine no. KY 85

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Originally the personal property of the late Rt Hon The Earl Mountbatten of Burma, KG, PC, GCB, OM, GCSI, GCIE, GCVO, DSO, FRS, 1929/30 Rolls-Royce Rolls-Royce Phantom II 40/50hp Sedanca de Ville
Registration no. LM 3698 Chassis no. 133 WJ Engine no. KY 85

Sold for £ 69,700 (US$ 90,148) inc. premium
Originally the personal property of the late Rt Hon The Earl Mountbatten of Burma, KG, PC, GCB, OM, GCSI, GCIE, GCVO, DSO, FRS
1929/30 Rolls-Royce Rolls-Royce Phantom II 40/50hp Sedanca de Ville
Coachwork by Barker & Co

Registration no. LM 3698
Chassis no. 133 WJ
Engine no. KY 85
Reputedly the last model that Henry Royce designed himself, the Phantom II was introduced in 1929 as a successor to the Phantom I, 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 re-designed, 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.
Highly favoured by prominent coachbuilders, the Phantom II chassis provided the platform for some of the truly outstanding designs of its day and ‘133 WJ’ - second to last built of the first series - wears versatile yet stylish Sedanca De Ville 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. According to an accompanying letter from Rolls-Royce dated 22nd August 1968, the car was completed in May 1930 and fitted with a dashboard higher and wider than standard to the order of the Rt Hon The Lord Louis Mountbatten, KCVO, RN (as he then was). It was also fitted with special seating which folds down into a bed, and comes with a letter from Lord Mountbatten referring to this. Other personal touches include the registration mark: ‘LM’ - Louis Mountbatten and ‘3698’ - his old Mayfair telephone number. Lord Mountbatten used the car to drive from his ‘Broadlands’ home in Romsey, Hampshire, to London and back for some seven-or-so years before - almost certainly - selling it to C G Pullin Esq, of Ampfield, Hampshire, who is listed in Rolls-Royce factory records as owner in October 1946.
‘LM 3698’ is known to have belonged from circa 1947 to a Lincolnshire farmer. The latter, who never used the car, sold it to the vendor in 1967. While in present ownership the vehicle has been restored in two stages, firstly by Wilkinsons, of Derby, who undertook extensive refurbishment of the coachwork and interior while a local engineer overhauled the chassis and electrics, and secondly by Classic Restorations, of Alyth, who rebuilt the engine, fitting a new cylinder head, radiator and clutch. Fewer than 1,000 miles have been covered since the engine rebuild.
Finished in grey/black with leather upholstery to the front compartment and cloth to the rear, this historic Rolls-Royce is presented in very good condition and offered with a most extensive history file containing correspondence between Lord Mountbatten, his family, Rolls-Royce and the vendor, period photographs, original logbook and numerous restoration invoices. In addition, the vehicle comes with road fund licence to August 2005, MoT to June 2005 and Swansea V5 registration document.
Originally the personal property of the late Rt Hon The Earl Mountbatten of Burma, KG, PC, GCB, OM, GCSI, GCIE, GCVO, DSO, FRS,1929/30 Rolls-Royce Rolls-Royce Phantom II 40/50hp Sedanca de Ville  Chassis no. 133 WJ Engine no. KY 85
Originally the personal property of the late Rt Hon The Earl Mountbatten of Burma, KG, PC, GCB, OM, GCSI, GCIE, GCVO, DSO, FRS,1929/30 Rolls-Royce Rolls-Royce Phantom II 40/50hp Sedanca de Ville  Chassis no. 133 WJ Engine no. KY 85
Originally the personal property of the late Rt Hon The Earl Mountbatten of Burma, KG, PC, GCB, OM, GCSI, GCIE, GCVO, DSO, FRS,1929/30 Rolls-Royce Rolls-Royce Phantom II 40/50hp Sedanca de Ville  Chassis no. 133 WJ Engine no. KY 85
Originally the personal property of the late Rt Hon The Earl Mountbatten of Burma, KG, PC, GCB, OM, GCSI, GCIE, GCVO, DSO, FRS,1929/30 Rolls-Royce Rolls-Royce Phantom II 40/50hp Sedanca de Ville  Chassis no. 133 WJ Engine no. KY 85
Originally the personal property of the late Rt Hon The Earl Mountbatten of Burma, KG, PC, GCB, OM, GCSI, GCIE, GCVO, DSO, FRS,1929/30 Rolls-Royce Rolls-Royce Phantom II 40/50hp Sedanca de Ville  Chassis no. 133 WJ Engine no. KY 85
Originally the personal property of the late Rt Hon The Earl Mountbatten of Burma, KG, PC, GCB, OM, GCSI, GCIE, GCVO, DSO, FRS,1929/30 Rolls-Royce Rolls-Royce Phantom II 40/50hp Sedanca de Ville  Chassis no. 133 WJ Engine no. KY 85
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