1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville  Chassis no. 3AZ24 Engine no. A64A

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Lot 236
1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville
Registration no. CAS 839 Chassis no. 3AZ24 Engine no. A64A

Sold for £ 62,000 (US$ 75,203) inc. premium
1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville
Coachwork by Barker & Co

Registration no. CAS 839
Chassis no. 3AZ24
Engine no. A64A

Footnotes

  • ‘The most captious critic is obliged to admit that a Phantom III provides all that can be wished for in a large luxury motor-car. The comfort, silence and road-holding with really impressive acceleration and maximum speed made a combination of virtues which few cars of the time could equal.’ - Anthony Bird, ‘Rolls-Royce Motor Cars’, 1964.
    Lawrence Dalton’s definitive work, Rolls-Royce - The Derby Phantoms, lists PIII chassis number ‘3AZ24’ - the third production chassis completed - as first owned by one E Thornton Smith. The car wears well proportioned 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. Old established coachbuilders, Barker had shown an example of their work to the Hon C S Rolls as early as 1905; so impressed was he that the firm was viewed as the ‘official’ coachbuilder to Rolls-Royce for the next 25 years.
    The influence of Art Deco is much in evidence throughout the car, as exemplified by the flat handles for doors, division and window winders, and the painted dashboard with its simple instrument layout. In the rear compartment, all the main features – picnic tables, folding companion seats, radio ((since removed) and loudspeaker – ‘disappear’, leaving the division’s walnut fascia uncluttered. All the rear windows and the division have blinds for discreet travelling. Noteworthy external features include a full compliment of Lucas headlamps, long-trumpet horns and a Notek central driving light. There is a single spare wheel on the driver’s side running board and a flush fitting, fold down luggage tray in front of the rear storage compartment.
    Its original order form suggests that the Phantom was retained by Barker for demonstration work, almost certainly because the coachbuilder wanted to promote its latest designs on the PIII chassis, which may account for the exceptionally well-appointed interior. In May 1938 the car was sold to Jack Barclay Ltd, of Hanover Square, London W1, registered ‘DGH 2’ and supplied to Ernest Thornton Smith. Much of its subsequent history has yet to be uncovered, but the car is believed to have resided in Sweden for 50-or-so years and was in that country in the late 1990s. It was fully restored in Sweden before coming to the UK where further refurbishment was undertaken, including complete re-wiring using correct braided cable, fitting a new exhaust and renewal of the embrittled dashboard. As a precaution, the radiator was re-cored at the same time and the water pump and temperature gauge overhauled.
    Acquired by the current owner 3½ years ago, the Phantom has been kept garaged in an underground car park at Westminster Cathedral since then. In 2005 £8,000-plus was spent on a suspension overhaul at Jack Barclay, since when the car has been maintained by marque specialists, Frank Dale & Stepsons. Finished in two-tone cream/beige with matching leather/lambs’ wool interior, the car is presented in generally very good condition, its engine being described as in good working order. Representing the epitome of style, refinement and effortless performance, ‘3AZ24’ is offered with sundry invoices, current road fund licence and MoT to 16th July 2009.
1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville  Chassis no. 3AZ24 Engine no. A64A
1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville  Chassis no. 3AZ24 Engine no. A64A
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