The ex-Hedy Lamarr and Fritz Mandl,1937 ROLLS-ROYCE  PHANTOM III DROPHEAD COUPE  Chassis no. 3BT185 Engine no. K68R

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The ex-Hedy Lamarr and Fritz Mandl
1937 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III DROPHEAD COUPE

Sold for DKK 4,140,000 (US$ 660,300) inc. premium
The ex-Hedy Lamarr and Fritz Mandl
1937 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III DROPHEAD COUPE
Coachwork by Vanden Plas

Chassis no. 3BT185
Engine no. K68R

7,340 cc OHV V-12 Engine
Single Carburettor
180 bhp at 4,000 rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
Front Independent Suspension – Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Drum Brakes


*Fascinating early history
*Elegant Vanden Plas Drophead Coupe Coachwork
*Quality 10 year restoration that presents well
*Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and CCCA Award winner
*Offered with Rolls-Royce Factory records



THE ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III

Perhaps the most outstanding luxury car of the 1930s was the Rolls-Royce Phantom III. Introduced in 1936, the 7,340 cc V-12-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 V-12 configuration was a logical one, as there was the need to match the multi-cylinder opposition, notably the Cadillac V-16 and the Hispano-Suiza J12.

A state-of-the-art design employing advanced materials and techniques, the PIII V-12 produced 165 bhp in its debut form. The maximum output was subsequently raised to 180 bhp, which was sufficient to propel later examples to 100 mph. 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 an exclusively coachbuilt automobile. Most of the great British coachbuilding firms, as well as a number of prestigious European houses offered designs, many of them unique, on the Phantom III chassis.


THE MOTOR CAR OFFERED

Few cars have histories with as much intrigue, infamy or glamour as this particular Phantom III.
On 7 April 1937, Hoffmann & Huppert, the Vienna Rolls-Royce agency, ordered a Phantom III chassis to be sent to coachbuilder Vanden Plas with a commission to build a four-door cabriolet. On 16 July, this elegant convertible on chassis 3BT185 was delivered via Hamburg to the Austrian arms manufacturer, Friedrich "Fritz" Mandl. The car was elegantly finished in blue with a blue fabric top and deluxe upholstery in rich Connolly leather. In addition, the specification included a number of extras, such as dual side-mounts, a louvered bonnet, continental instruments calibrated in kilometers and litres, a division and an internal telephone.

Owner of the Hirtenberger Patronen-Fabrik and a big munitions supplier to the Axis powers, Mandl moved in the highest social circles in Austria and Germany, which included Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini. Not an easy balancing act for a man of Jewish descent, in spite of a recent conversion to Christianity. In 1933, Mandl married the much younger Austrian-born actress Hedwig Kiesler, later to become famous in Hollywood as Hedy Lamarr. The arranged marriage may have been an act of punishment for young Hedwig, who had cavorted semi-naked in the provocative Czech movie Extase. Possessively jealous, Mandl bought-up all copies of the film and refused to let his 14 year younger wife pursue her acting career. After her aborted escape attempt in Paris, he kept Hedwig "prisoner" in Castle Schwarzenau while insisting she play lady of the house for Facist and Nazi arms customers.

A very intelligent woman, Hedwig was present in secret meetings with military leaders and armament manufacturers. There she garnered knowledge about radio-guided torpedoes which she later developed into a U.S. patent for an advanced guidance system. Hedwig never made any money from her patent because it expired before modern technology caught up with it. Ironically, it is now universally used. In 1937, Mandl used Reichsmark earned from his nefarious munitions activities to pay when he took delivery of 3BT185. Meanwhile, a desperate Hedwig drugged her maid-cum-guardian, grabbed some of the maid's clothes to disguise herself and fled through the servant's entrance of the Castle Schwarzenau. One may wonder how many times she sat in the back seat of 3BT185 pondering the details of her escape.

Hedwig fled to London where she met Hollywood film mogul Louis B. Mayer. She took the stage name Hedy Lamarr and promptly hopped on a boat to the United States. Once in Hollywood, she became world famous as a film noir femme fatale and never saw Fritz Mandl again. In 1938, the Nazis discovered Mandl's Jewish extraction and he lost his social standing and holdings. With rare foresight, he had shipped 3BT185 to South America before it could be confiscated. Mandl then fled via Brazil to Argentina where he died in 1977 after a career that included film production, manufacturing and even some prison time.

At the time of his death, Mandl no longer owned the Phantom III. Paperwork dating from 1971 shows that a Jose Ruano had purchased the Rolls and the car apparently remained in Argentina until it was brought to the United States in the 1980s by Don Girard. In the early 1990s, Ty and Anne Long purchased the car from Don Girard. At that time, 3BT185 was mostly complete, but in sad shape due to poor storage. A major restoration was embarked upon that took the better part of a decade. 3BT185 was completely stripped-down and then meticulously reassembled and restored requiring the use of many NOS (New Old Stock) Rolls-Royce parts. Finished in dark blue with light grey upholstery and a blue fabric top, the car was completed in 2002.

In 2003, chassis BT185 was presented at Pebble Beach where it won the special Lucius Beebe Trophy. After this, the car went on to score 99 points at the Classic Car Club of America 2004 Summer Grand Classic where it was awarded Senior Badge #2657. James and Sherry Raisbeck entered 3BT185 at the 2008 CCCA Annual Meeting where it was awarded 100 points and judged FIRST in the Senior Custom Class. This magnificent Rolls-Royce has seen little use since, and presents in superb restored condition. With its fascinating early history and elegant sweeping lines by Vanden Plas, this large and imposing twelve cylinder convertible will draw crowds wherever it is shown.


BILEN DER TILBYDES

PH III chassis 3BT185 blev bestilt af Roll-Royce agenten i Wien den 7. april 1937, og sendt til den berømte karosseribygger Vanden Plas, som fik til opgave at bygge en firedørs cabriolet. Det elegante resultat blev leveret den 16. juli til Friedrich "Fritz" Mandl, en Østrigsk våbenproducent.

Mandl ejede Hirtenberger Patronen-Fabrik og var storleverandør til aksemagterne. Han bevægede sig i de højeste kredse, hvilket omfattede Adolf Hitler og Benito Mussolini – ikke nogen let balanceakt for en kristen konvertit af jødisk afstamning. Han var gift ved den meget yngre skuespillerinde Hedwig Kiesler, som senere blev kendt i Hollywood som Hedy Lamarr. Ægteskabet var arrangeret og langt fra lykkeligt, og i 1937 flygtede Hedwig til USA, hvor hun blev en verdenskendt film noir femme fatale. Fritz Mandl og Hedwig Kiesler så aldrig hinanden igen.

I 1938 blev Mandls jødiske oprindelse opdaget af nazisterne. Med sjældent fremsyn havde han fragtet 3BT185 til Sydamerika, inden den kunne blive beslaglagt. Derefter flygtede Mandl selv til Argentina via Brasilien, hvor han døde i 1977.

Da han døde, ejede Mandl ikke denne Phantom III. Dokumenter fra 1971 viser, at den var ejet af en anden i Argentina, indtil den blev importeret til USA i 1980'erne. Bilen var i dårlig stand og den fik en komplet restaurering i 1990'erne. Restaureringen tog knap ti år og var færdig i 2002.

3BT185 blev vist på Pebble Beach i 2003, hvor den vandt den specielle Lucius Beebe Trophy. Bilen har også vundet forskellige andre priser i USA. Det er en pragtfuld 12-cylindret Rolls-Royce og dens imponerende karosseri af Vanden Plas står i fantastisk stand i dag. Bilen og dens historie vækker altid stor opmærksomhed når den bliver vist.

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The ex-Hedy Lamarr and Fritz Mandl,1937 ROLLS-ROYCE  PHANTOM III DROPHEAD COUPE  Chassis no. 3BT185 Engine no. K68R
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