The first Phantom VI sold in Holland,1969 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI Limousine  Chassis no. PRX 4550

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The first Phantom VI sold in Holland, 1969 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI Limousine
Chassis no. PRX 4550

Sold for US$ 174,200 inc. premium
The first Phantom VI sold in Holland
1969 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI Limousine
Coachwork by Mulliner Park Ward

Chassis no. PRX 4550
A comprehensive record of this car's original order is retained by the Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts Club, copies of which are presented with the car. These substantiate its original supply in left hand drive form at the request of first owner M. Caransa through agents N.V. Grund & Co of Utrecht, Holland.

As delivered it was finished in Tudor Grey paint with red fine lines. Its interior matched this with a front compartment was trimmed in grey hide and the rear in grey West of England cloth. As with so many of these exquisite luxurious conveyances, passengers were well looked after, in this case with full refrigeration to front and rear compartments, a cocktail cabinet, occasional seats and to communicate with the driver, there was an intercom system between the front and back.

Extensive correspondence on file shows discussion between the local agent, Rolls-Royce and the prospective buyer/new owner. Interestingly a letter from the Rolls-Royce Commercial Exports department congratulates J.F. de Beaufort of Grund & Co. on 'concluding the first Dutch sale of a Phantom V [sic] motor car'. As the car neared completion Sundym glass was added to its specification. It was eventually supplied in March 1969.

Mr. Caransa is recorded with the factory as the owner through to 1973 but cannot have owned the car much later than this as it is understood that it arrived in the present ownership in the mid to late 1970s. At that time it was bought and retained in Europe, where from the moment of its purchase it was a car that was very much cherished, but also enjoyed by its owner - a true bon viveur who it is said regularly ferried friends and celebrities of their day. At some point it was transferred across the Atlantic, where it no doubt continued such duties. Its odometer must have been changed at this time to the current miles reading, as it was originally in kilometers.

The car was also repainted from its original livery to the current two tone scheme of garnet over Mason's black, a twin cream pinstripe accented the flowing coachlines. Today the condition reflects its age, but the car appears to be predominantly complete and as originally supplied. The central division still retains its cocktail cabinet set-up and with it the crystal flasks and two of the four glasses it would have original had. Unusually, it has also kept its original intercom system, a now dated, but nevertheless period feature rarely still seen. The interiors of both front and rear compartments appear to be the original leather and fabric. The front leather shows some color loss, but no damage, while the rear shows some fading/wear to the seats, but again no damage. The bodywork is straight for the most part, with the sole exception of a three inch dent at the level of the rear bumper on the driver side, the rear bumper is also dented in its center and the leading edges of the doors display some age, with minor chips and repairs to the paint, in an ad hoc rather than professional manner.

With its rare left hand drive specification and long term ownership this is an automobile that is not often found in America, it would certainly benefit from some freshening, but deserves to be enjoyed as it has in the past.
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The first Phantom VI sold in Holland,1969 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI Limousine  Chassis no. PRX 4550
The first Phantom VI sold in Holland,1969 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI Limousine  Chassis no. PRX 4550
The first Phantom VI sold in Holland,1969 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI Limousine  Chassis no. PRX 4550
The first Phantom VI sold in Holland,1969 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI Limousine  Chassis no. PRX 4550
The first Phantom VI sold in Holland,1969 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI Limousine  Chassis no. PRX 4550
The first Phantom VI sold in Holland,1969 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI Limousine  Chassis no. PRX 4550
The first Phantom VI sold in Holland,1969 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI Limousine  Chassis no. PRX 4550
The first Phantom VI sold in Holland,1969 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI Limousine  Chassis no. PRX 4550
The first Phantom VI sold in Holland,1969 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI Limousine  Chassis no. PRX 4550
The first Phantom VI sold in Holland,1969 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI Limousine  Chassis no. PRX 4550
The first Phantom VI sold in Holland,1969 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI Limousine  Chassis no. PRX 4550
The first Phantom VI sold in Holland,1969 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI Limousine  Chassis no. PRX 4550
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