The ex-Earls Court Motor Show,1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville  Chassis no. 3CP192 Engine no. A88C

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Lot 473
The ex-Earls Court Motor Show,1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville
Registration no. CAK 15 Chassis no. 3CP192 Engine no. A88C

Sold for £ 139,000 (US$ 170,837) inc. premium
The ex-Earls Court Motor Show
1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville
Coachwork by Park Ward Ltd

Registration no. CAK 15
Chassis no. 3CP192
Engine no. A88C

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.
    Perhaps the most outstanding luxury car of the 1930s - certainly on this side of the Channel - was the Rolls-Royce Phantom III. Introduced in 1936, the 7,340cc V12-engined Phantom III succeeded the Phantom II, the six-cylinder engine of which was considered to be at the end of its development life. The choice of a V12 configuration was a logical one for Rolls-Royce, the company already having had considerable experience of manufacturing V12 aero engines such as that used in the record-breaking Supermarine S6B seaplane. No doubt another consideration was the need to match the multi-cylinder opposition, notably the V16 Cadillac and V12 Hispano-Suiza.
    A state-of-the-art design employing advanced materials and techniques such as 'skeleton' cylinder blocks with wet liners and aluminium alloy cylinder heads, the PIII V12 produced 165bhp in its debut form. The maximum output was subsequently raised to 180 brake horsepower, which was sufficient to propel later examples to 100mph, earlier models being capable of around 90. Its engine configuration aside, the Phantom III represents an important milestone in the history of Rolls-Royce cars, being the first with independent front suspension. A total of 710 had been manufactured when WW2 halted production, of which around 300 exist worldwide today.
    The Rolls-Royce Phantom III was, of course, an exclusively coachbuilt automobile and most of the great British coachbuilding firms offered designs, many of them unique, on the PIII chassis. Completed towards the end of 1937, chassis number '3CP192' carries sedanca de ville coachwork by Park Ward of London and was exhibited on the company's stand at that year's Earls Court Motor Show. Founded in 1919, Park Ward had forged its not inconsiderable reputation bodying Rolls-Royces, Bentleys and other quality makes, and in 1933 received the ultimate 'vote of confidence' when Rolls-Royce bought a minority stake in the Willesden-based coachbuilder, taking full control six years later.
    '3CP192' was originally finished in two-tone beige and gold, and is currently black over red with tan leather interior, a swatch of which is in the history file should more need to be ordered. There are restoration bills on file from James Pearce Coachbuilders and the London Chroming Company plus other for routine servicing carried out by Taylor's of Chichester from 1991 to 2005. The car is offered with Swansea V5 registration document and a report dated April 1983 written by noted automobile historian and author, Michael Sedgwick, which states that it was undergoing restoration at that time. The report describes the Phantom as mechanically complete and in driveable condition, the engine, transmission, chassis brakes and running gear having already been completely rebuilt.
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The ex-Earls Court Motor Show,1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville  Chassis no. 3CP192 Engine no. A88C
The ex-Earls Court Motor Show,1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville  Chassis no. 3CP192 Engine no. A88C
The ex-Earls Court Motor Show,1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville  Chassis no. 3CP192 Engine no. A88C
The ex-Earls Court Motor Show,1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville  Chassis no. 3CP192 Engine no. A88C
The ex-Earls Court Motor Show,1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville  Chassis no. 3CP192 Engine no. A88C
The ex-Earls Court Motor Show,1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville  Chassis no. 3CP192 Engine no. A88C
The ex-Earls Court Motor Show,1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville  Chassis no. 3CP192 Engine no. A88C
The ex-Earls Court Motor Show,1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville  Chassis no. 3CP192 Engine no. A88C
The ex-Earls Court Motor Show,1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville  Chassis no. 3CP192 Engine no. A88C
The ex-Earls Court Motor Show,1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville  Chassis no. 3CP192 Engine no. A88C
The ex-Earls Court Motor Show,1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville  Chassis no. 3CP192 Engine no. A88C
The ex-Earls Court Motor Show,1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville  Chassis no. 3CP192 Engine no. A88C
The ex-Earls Court Motor Show,1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville  Chassis no. 3CP192 Engine no. A88C
The ex-Earls Court Motor Show,1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville  Chassis no. 3CP192 Engine no. A88C
The ex-Earls Court Motor Show,1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville  Chassis no. 3CP192 Engine no. A88C
The ex-Earls Court Motor Show,1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville  Chassis no. 3CP192 Engine no. A88C
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