The ex-Peta Fisher - Blue Train challenging,1933 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II CONTINENTAL OWEN SEDANCA COUPE  Chassis no. 64PY Engine no. PW15

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The ex-Peta Fisher - Blue Train challenging
1933 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II CONTINENTAL OWEN SEDANCA COUPE

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The ex-Peta Fisher - Blue Train challenging
1933 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II CONTINENTAL OWEN SEDANCA COUPE
Coachwork by Gurney Nutting

Chassis no. 64PY
Engine no. PW15

7,668 cc OHV Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
120 bhp at 3,000 rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Leaf Spring Suspension
4-Wheel Drum Brakes


*Raced against the Blue Train from Calais to Antibes by Mrs. Peta Fisher
*One of only 12 PII Continental Owen Sedanca Coupes built
*Expertly restored matching numbers car
*Exceptionally rare and elegant coachwork
*Offered with extensive history file including Rolls-Royce factory records



THE ROLLS-ROYCE PII CONTINENTAL

During the development of the Phantom II, the majority of the long distance testing was carried out on the long straight roads surrounding Chateauroux in France. This fact and Mr. Henry Royce's many journeys between the South of England and the South of France no doubt opened his eyes to the type of motoring not available upon England's narrow and windy roads. With long distance high-speed motoring in mind, the Phantom II Continental chassis was created, the project being personally overseen by Henry Royce with assistance from Ivan Evernden.

The whole car was conceived by Royce to be a more sporting and compact four-seater owner/driver motor car when compared to the long wheelbase standard Phantom II. Just 281 such chassis were produced and they differentiated themselves from their standard cousins with thicker springs and a 6 inch shorter chassis, measuring 144 inches. With lightweight coachwork being fitted, the final result was a motor car capable of carrying four people in comfort at high speeds for many hours at a time over great distances.

The Continental is rightly considered by many to be one of the finest pre-war Rolls-Royces. The majority of Phantom II Continentals were fitted with close-coupled four-door closed coachwork. However, a small number were fitted with more stylish designs and few possessed the exquisite elegance of the Owen Sedanca Coupe by Gurney Nutting of Chelsea in West London. Gurney Nutting are considered by many to be one of the premier pre-war coachbuilders, with their stylish and graceful designs retaining timeless appeal.


THE MOTOR CAR OFFERED

According to all known records, just twelve Owen Sedanca Coupe bodies were built by Gurney Nutting for the Phantom II Continental chassis. Chassis 64PY is one of these twelve cars, which makes this particular Continental an exceptionally collectable automobile.

According to the noted Phantom II Continental historian André Blaize, 64PY first went to Sir Arthur Smith-Bingham in 1933, although this was struck off on the copies of the Rolls-Royce chassis records. Smith-Bingham sold 64PY on 4 December 1934 to a Ralph O. Phillips, who only kept it a few months, as by 26 March 1935, it was with the well-known Rolls-Royce dealer Jack Barclay. According to RROC records, 64PY went from here to Mr. Kenneth Fisher. Mr. Fisher's wife, Peta Fisher, is said to have had two great passions in life: Gambling and racing fast cars. According to various sources and the Fisher family, Peta Fisher was in the late 1930s challenged by Binkie Beaumont to race the famous Blue Train, or Le Train Bleu, from Calais to Antibes. For the high-speed journey she is believed to have driven this very car, 64PY. On 20 February 1942, chassis 64PY was in the hands of Squadron Leader Archibald George Dunlop-Mackenzie, before passing back to Jack Barclay in late 1944. At the end of 1944, 64PY was sold to a Leonard A. Potter of Lantern Cars, situated both in the UK and New York, USA. It was possibly he who exported the car to the United States. From 1979 to 1982, it was owned by a Mr. Bellin, after which it passed through a number of owners before being acquired by the noted collector Alexander S. Andreadis in 1996.

Andreadis returned 64PY to Europe from the United States and kept the car in his most prestigious collection until 2011. Upon its arrival in London, the car was fully checked and reviewed by one of London's most knowledgeable and respected pre-war mechanics who maintained the car on behalf of Mr. Andreadis. In the late 1990s, it also underwent a cosmetic restoration, which included a bare metal re-paint, a new soft top, re-chroming work, woodwork restoration and interior improvements. The works carried out at that time are all still in very good condition, complemented by work carried out in 2012 by the noted London classic car dealer Frank Dale & Stepsons. The car has seen very little use since, and the result is a car in wonderful condition throughout.

The on-road performance of 64PY is wonderful, with ample power available to the driver, complemented by silky smooth transmission through the gears. 64PY comes complete with a wide range of small tools which are stowed in a tray secured to the ceiling of the tail-mounted trunk and released with the original coach key. The car also has picnic tables fitted to the back of the driver and passenger seats along with his and hers vanity sets fitted in the rear compartment.

The Gurney Nutting Owen Sedanca on the Phantom II Continental chassis captures the elegant flair of European influenced styling, in combination with a dignified restraint of line which is quintessentially English. In its dark blue over black livery, chassis 64PY is a superb pre-war Rolls-Royce motor car. It is rare, handsome, correct and welcome at any prestigious concours or driving event. It is considered to be one of the very best built, and would be an exceptionally worthy addition to even the very best car collection.


BILEN DER TILBYDES

I henhold til det kendte arkivmateriale, blev der kun bygget 12 Owen Sedanca Coupe karosserier af Gurney Nutting på Phantom II Continental chassiset. Chassis 64PY er en af disse 12, og det gør netop denne Continental til et usædvanligt samlerobjekt.

Ifølge Phantom II Continental historiker André Blaize, blev 64PY købt af Sir Arthur Smith-Bingham som ny i 1933, hvorefter den blev brugt som demobil. Den 4. december 1934 blev 64PY handlet første gang, og næste gang den 26. marts 1935. Bilen var i slutningen af 1930'erne ejet af Kenneth og Peta Fisher, og det er ment at 64PY blev brugt af Fru. Peta Fisher i et vædeløb fra Calais til Antibes imod Le Train Bleu. På et tidspunkt kom bilen til USA, og vendte tilbage til England i 1996.

Henover de sidste 20 år har bilen fået omfattende service og er blevet passet og plejet af en af Londons mest kyndige og respekterede førkrigsmekanikere. 64PY har fået en kosmetisk restaurering, som omfattede omlakering ned til det bare metal, en ny kaleche, omforkromning, restaurering af træværket og diverse forbedringer til interiøret. Bilen fik også en opfriskning i 2012 af den anerkendte klassiske bilforhandler Frank Dale & Stepsons i London. 64PY er blevet kørt ganske lidt siden, og fremstår smukt.

64PY kører fremragende med rigelig motorkraft og gearkassen skifter silkeblødt. Bilen er udstyret med et værktøjssæt, som opbevares i en bakke gemt i låget på rejsekufferten. Passagerer på bagsædet bliver forkælede med klapborde og vanity sæt til ham og hende.

Denne sjældne, smukke og korrekt bil kan betragtes som en af de mest interessante PII Continental og vil være et værdigt midtpunkt i enhver bilsamling.


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The ex-Peta Fisher - Blue Train challenging,1933 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II CONTINENTAL OWEN SEDANCA COUPE  Chassis no. 64PY Engine no. PW15
The ex-Peta Fisher - Blue Train challenging,1933 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II CONTINENTAL OWEN SEDANCA COUPE  Chassis no. 64PY Engine no. PW15
The ex-Peta Fisher - Blue Train challenging,1933 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II CONTINENTAL OWEN SEDANCA COUPE  Chassis no. 64PY Engine no. PW15
The ex-Peta Fisher - Blue Train challenging,1933 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II CONTINENTAL OWEN SEDANCA COUPE  Chassis no. 64PY Engine no. PW15
The ex-Peta Fisher - Blue Train challenging,1933 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II CONTINENTAL OWEN SEDANCA COUPE  Chassis no. 64PY Engine no. PW15
The ex-Peta Fisher - Blue Train challenging,1933 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II CONTINENTAL OWEN SEDANCA COUPE  Chassis no. 64PY Engine no. PW15
The ex-Peta Fisher - Blue Train challenging,1933 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II CONTINENTAL OWEN SEDANCA COUPE  Chassis no. 64PY Engine no. PW15
The ex-Peta Fisher - Blue Train challenging,1933 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II CONTINENTAL OWEN SEDANCA COUPE  Chassis no. 64PY Engine no. PW15
The ex-Peta Fisher - Blue Train challenging,1933 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II CONTINENTAL OWEN SEDANCA COUPE  Chassis no. 64PY Engine no. PW15
The ex-Peta Fisher - Blue Train challenging,1933 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II CONTINENTAL OWEN SEDANCA COUPE  Chassis no. 64PY Engine no. PW15
The ex-Peta Fisher - Blue Train challenging,1933 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II CONTINENTAL OWEN SEDANCA COUPE  Chassis no. 64PY Engine no. PW15
The ex-Peta Fisher - Blue Train challenging,1933 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II CONTINENTAL OWEN SEDANCA COUPE  Chassis no. 64PY Engine no. PW15
The ex-Peta Fisher - Blue Train challenging,1933 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II CONTINENTAL OWEN SEDANCA COUPE  Chassis no. 64PY Engine no. PW15
The ex-Peta Fisher - Blue Train challenging,1933 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II CONTINENTAL OWEN SEDANCA COUPE  Chassis no. 64PY Engine no. PW15
The ex-Peta Fisher - Blue Train challenging,1933 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II CONTINENTAL OWEN SEDANCA COUPE  Chassis no. 64PY Engine no. PW15
The ex-Peta Fisher - Blue Train challenging,1933 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II CONTINENTAL OWEN SEDANCA COUPE  Chassis no. 64PY Engine no. PW15
The ex-Peta Fisher - Blue Train challenging,1933 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II CONTINENTAL OWEN SEDANCA COUPE  Chassis no. 64PY Engine no. PW15
The ex-Peta Fisher - Blue Train challenging,1933 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II CONTINENTAL OWEN SEDANCA COUPE  Chassis no. 64PY Engine no. PW15
The ex-Peta Fisher - Blue Train challenging,1933 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II CONTINENTAL OWEN SEDANCA COUPE  Chassis no. 64PY Engine no. PW15
The ex-Peta Fisher - Blue Train challenging,1933 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II CONTINENTAL OWEN SEDANCA COUPE  Chassis no. 64PY Engine no. PW15
The ex-Peta Fisher - Blue Train challenging,1933 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II CONTINENTAL OWEN SEDANCA COUPE  Chassis no. 64PY Engine no. PW15
The ex-Peta Fisher - Blue Train challenging,1933 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II CONTINENTAL OWEN SEDANCA COUPE  Chassis no. 64PY Engine no. PW15
The ex-Peta Fisher - Blue Train challenging,1933 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II CONTINENTAL OWEN SEDANCA COUPE  Chassis no. 64PY Engine no. PW15
The ex-Peta Fisher - Blue Train challenging,1933 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II CONTINENTAL OWEN SEDANCA COUPE  Chassis no. 64PY Engine no. PW15
The ex-Peta Fisher - Blue Train challenging,1933 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II CONTINENTAL OWEN SEDANCA COUPE  Chassis no. 64PY Engine no. PW15
The ex-Peta Fisher - Blue Train challenging,1933 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II CONTINENTAL OWEN SEDANCA COUPE  Chassis no. 64PY Engine no. PW15
The ex-Peta Fisher - Blue Train challenging,1933 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II CONTINENTAL OWEN SEDANCA COUPE  Chassis no. 64PY Engine no. PW15
The ex-Peta Fisher - Blue Train challenging,1933 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II CONTINENTAL OWEN SEDANCA COUPE  Chassis no. 64PY Engine no. PW15
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