1931  ROLLS-ROYCE  PHANTOM I PLAYBOY ROADSTER  Chassis no. S186PR Engine no. 30860

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1931 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM I PLAYBOY ROADSTER

Sold for DKK 2,300,000 (US$ 339,045) inc. premium
1931 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM I PLAYBOY ROADSTER
Coachwork by Brewster

Chassis no. S186PR
Engine no. 30860

7,668 cc OHV Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Single Rolls-Royce Carburettor
113 bhp at 2,300 rpm
3-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Leaf Spring Suspension
4-Wheel Drum Brakes


*Original first body on chassis
*Elegant and Sporting Phantom with well-documented history
*Believed to be the sole Phantom I chassis first fitted with Playboy Roadster coachwork
*Shown at Villa d'Este and Technoclassica
*5,100 hour total restoration



THE ROLLS-ROYCE 'NEW PHANTOM'

Like its Ghost predecessor, the New Phantom (retrospectively known as the Phantom I) was also produced by Rolls-Royce of America Incorporated, a subsidiary set up in December 1919 when the parent company purchased the American Wire Wheel Company's plant in Springfield, Massachusetts. Springfield commenced manufacture of the New Phantom in 1926, and by the second half of 1929 production had risen to 12 cars per week. This would prove to be the high point of Rolls-Royce of America's fortunes. Unlike its British-built counterpart, the American product could be ordered with official "factory" bodywork, usually by Brewster, the latter company having been taken over by Rolls-Royce in December 1925. The Phantom I was in production for only five years and the Derby-built models ran parallel with the Springfield cars but ended in 1929, whereas the Americans continued until 1931. The last car was delivered in 1932.


THE MOTOR CAR OFFERED

The handsome Playboy Roadster coachwork by Brewster was not officially offered as an option to prospective buyers of new Rolls-Royce motorcars. Instead, it was offered as an alternative design to be fitted at a later date, usually once more formal coachwork had been removed and discarded. For this reason, very few Playboy Roadster bodies were made: It is believed that only 15 were fitted to Silver Ghost chassis and 13 to Phantom I chassis.

The one exception to this rule was chassis S186PR. Production of the Phantom I in Springfield ceased in 1931, but S186PR was not delivered to its first owner, a Mr. William Stafford of Mechanicville, New York until 19 August 1932, fitted with the smart Playboy coachwork it still wears today. It is unclear why chassis S186PR was first bodied with Playboy Roadster coachwork. However, it seems likely that the car was not completed and supplied until 1931 due to the financial meltdown following the Wall Street Crash and that Mr. Stafford requested that his new Rolls-Royce be finished in such a style. No official Brewster body style is listed against S186PR in all known records, so it can be assumed that S186PR is the only Playboy Roadster that was mounted as the first body on either the Silver Ghost or Phantom I chassis. This makes S186PR a unique car and a unique Rolls-Royce.

Full ownership of this suave motor car is known from 1932 to the present day. Mr. Stafford kept the car until 1946 before selling it to L.B. Reeb of Colonia, New Jersey. Harold and Lois Wilcox of Nutley, New Jersey became the third owners in 1951 before selling the car to C.N. Melhinch of Pitman, New Jersey in 1953. It then belonged to the following people until 1988: Dr. M. Roberts of Newark, New Jersey, Robert Thompson of Westchester, New York, A.N. Rodway of Cleveland Heights, Ohio, Milford Gould of Trucksville, PA and finally David Domidon of the Bronx in New York. In 1988, it became the property of the world famous collection at the Imperial Palace in Las Vegas before arriving in Britain for the first time in 1999 when purchased by Victor Muller of Suffolk.

Over the years, the condition of the car had slowly deteriorated until 2002 when the subsequent owner who purchased the car from Mr. Muller commissioned a full restoration to concours condition. The ensuing four-year restoration began in Sheffield, England with the much respected pre-war Rolls-Royce specialists Coldwell Engineering. Following an initial inspection and their recommendations, the owner instructed a full mechanical re-build. All of the mechanical components were stripped, repaired, overhauled or replaced where necessary, or reconditioned cosmetically to show condition and re-fitted.

A 160 page dossier and a CD with hundreds of photos of the restoration process accompany the car. The dossier details all of the correspondence between the owner and Coldwell Engineering in chronological order, with detailed breakdowns and all of the relevant bills. Following the complete mechanical restoration, S186PR was sent to coachwork specialist Steve Penny of Vintage Carriage Bodies Ltd. The coachwork was stripped to bare metal, repaired where necessary and re-painted to show condition in a lovely pale yellow tone. The chassis and underside of the car were also restored to the same exceptionally high standards.

Steve Penny and his team undertook a number of improvements to the appearance of the car during the restoration process. A trunk was hand-crafted and mounted to the tail of the car in place of the original spare wheel. The finished trunk contains a number of drawers for all of the correct period tools. Wells were then created on both wings along with supporting brackets to house twin side-mounts. The final major improvement was to make two support brackets which were fitted to the offside rear wing to underpin step plates, making access to the dickey seat far easier. The running boards were stripped and restored at this time, along with all of the bright work, which was nickel plated or chromed back to show condition. The wheels were also removed, restored and repainted, given new tyres and re-fitted. For ease of driving, an electric servo mechanism has been mounted on the steering column.

Finally, S186PR was retrimmed in Switzerland and fitted with a new hood and red leather with matching carpets to an exceptionally high standard. The remarkable restoration process took place between 2002 and 2006, with no less than 5,100 documented man hours being spent. S186PR made its debut at Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este in late April of 2006. It has been sparingly used and remains in beautiful condition throughout.
S186PR offers a unique combination of superb history, stylish coachwork and outstanding condition. The car is ready for immediate use and would be an ideal candidate for showing at prestigious Concours d'Elegance anywhere in the world.


BILEN DER TILBYDES

Brewster byggede kun ganske få Playboy Roadster karosserier: 15 på Silver Ghost chassis og 13 på Phantom I chassis, og der var tænkt som erstatningskarosser hvis en ejer ønskede at udskifte den første karosse på det chassis han ejede. Chassis 186PR er den eneste Phantom I Springfield som blev udstyret med et Playboy Roadster karosseri fra ny.

Selvom om produktionen af Phantom ophørte i 1931, blev S186PR ikke leveret til den første ejer før den 19. august 1932. Det antages, at dette skyldes Wall Street-krakket og det efterfølgende økonomiske kaos. Bilens historie og ejere er kendt fra 1932 frem til i dag. I 1988 blev S186PR en del af den verdenskendte samling på Imperial Palace i Las Vegas, inden den for første gang kom til England i 1999.

Startende i 2002 og fire år frem blev bilen komplet restaureret til concours standard, såvel mekanisk som kosmetisk. Et dossier på 160 sider og tilhørende CD følger med bilen. Der er fuld dokumentation for ejerskabshistorie, restaureringen, kronologisk fremlagt korrespondance mellem ejeren og de firmaer, som udførte restaureringen, samt fakturaer.

S186PR tilbyder en unik kombination af enestående historie, et smuk karosseri og fremragende tilstand. Bilen er klar til at tage i brug og vil være en oplagt kandidat til at deltage i prestigefyldte concours d'elegance overalt i verden.

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1931  ROLLS-ROYCE  PHANTOM I PLAYBOY ROADSTER  Chassis no. S186PR Engine no. 30860
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1931  ROLLS-ROYCE  PHANTOM I PLAYBOY ROADSTER  Chassis no. S186PR Engine no. 30860
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1931  ROLLS-ROYCE  PHANTOM I PLAYBOY ROADSTER  Chassis no. S186PR Engine no. 30860
1931  ROLLS-ROYCE  PHANTOM I PLAYBOY ROADSTER  Chassis no. S186PR Engine no. 30860
1931  ROLLS-ROYCE  PHANTOM I PLAYBOY ROADSTER  Chassis no. S186PR Engine no. 30860
1931  ROLLS-ROYCE  PHANTOM I PLAYBOY ROADSTER  Chassis no. S186PR Engine no. 30860
1931  ROLLS-ROYCE  PHANTOM I PLAYBOY ROADSTER  Chassis no. S186PR Engine no. 30860
1931  ROLLS-ROYCE  PHANTOM I PLAYBOY ROADSTER  Chassis no. S186PR Engine no. 30860
1931  ROLLS-ROYCE  PHANTOM I PLAYBOY ROADSTER  Chassis no. S186PR Engine no. 30860
1931  ROLLS-ROYCE  PHANTOM I PLAYBOY ROADSTER  Chassis no. S186PR Engine no. 30860
1931  ROLLS-ROYCE  PHANTOM I PLAYBOY ROADSTER  Chassis no. S186PR Engine no. 30860
1931  ROLLS-ROYCE  PHANTOM I PLAYBOY ROADSTER  Chassis no. S186PR Engine no. 30860
1931  ROLLS-ROYCE  PHANTOM I PLAYBOY ROADSTER  Chassis no. S186PR Engine no. 30860
1931  ROLLS-ROYCE  PHANTOM I PLAYBOY ROADSTER  Chassis no. S186PR Engine no. 30860
1931  ROLLS-ROYCE  PHANTOM I PLAYBOY ROADSTER  Chassis no. S186PR Engine no. 30860
1931  ROLLS-ROYCE  PHANTOM I PLAYBOY ROADSTER  Chassis no. S186PR Engine no. 30860
1931  ROLLS-ROYCE  PHANTOM I PLAYBOY ROADSTER  Chassis no. S186PR Engine no. 30860
1931  ROLLS-ROYCE  PHANTOM I PLAYBOY ROADSTER  Chassis no. S186PR Engine no. 30860
1931  ROLLS-ROYCE  PHANTOM I PLAYBOY ROADSTER  Chassis no. S186PR Engine no. 30860
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