1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Towncar  Chassis no. S154PM

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Lot 374
1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Towncar
Chassis no. S154PM

Sold for US$ 172,000 inc. premium
1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Towncar
Coachwork by Brewster & Co.

Chassis no. S154PM
Rolls-Royce, Ltd., established a branch factory at Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1919. The Silver Ghost model went into production there in 1921, at first nearly identical to the British-built version. Over the years, the Ghost adopted a number of American features: left-hand steering, center-change three-speed gearbox, dual coil ignition and suspension modified for a smoother ride.

American Silver Ghost production continued for almost two years after it had halted in Britain, because modification of the "New Phantom," as it successor was called, was very complex. Left-hand drive, in particular, required considerable re-engineering. American Phantoms, when they arrived, had some features not available in Britain: Bijur central lubrication, a disposable oil filter, a carburetor air filter and thermostatically-controlled shutters on the radiator. Thus it was December 1926 before deliveries of the Springfield Phantom I, as the New Phantom became retroactively known, commenced.

Most of the cars were bodied in the United States, either with cataloged Rolls-Royce Custom Coachwork, which was built by a number of coachbuilders under contract, or sent out for bespoke bodies. By 1923, Rolls-Royce had established an in-house coachworks on Waltham Avenue in Springfield, and then purchased Brewster & Co. in 1925. From that time, Brewster supplied the bulk of bodies to Rolls-Royce of America, among them a Lonsdale limousine body for S154PM.

S154PM was delivered on August 10, 1927, to Mrs. F.W. Remick of West Newton, Massachusetts. Mrs. Remick kept the car for a quarter century, after which it passed through a number of owners before being sold to Charles L. Pope III of Rochester, New York. About ten years later, Pope advertised it in The Flying Lady, magazine of the Rolls-Royce Owners Club, advising that it had been off the road for seven years, but had had significant work done prior to being laid up. In 1985 it was owned by Darrel Edwards in California. At some time it was converted from the Lonsdale limousine configuration to a St. Alban town car, Brewster's name for the town car version of the Lonsdale, in which form it survives today. Restored some years ago in maroon with black fenders, it has black leather seating for the chauffeur, and tan mohair in the passenger compartment. Handsome and upright, it represents a high point of Rolls-Royce production in America.
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1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Towncar  Chassis no. S154PM
1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Towncar  Chassis no. S154PM
1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Towncar  Chassis no. S154PM
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