1937 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III SPECIAL NEWMARKET SEDAN  Chassis no. 3 BT 129

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Lot 91
1937 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III SPECIAL NEWMARKET PERMANENT FAUX CABRIOLET

US$ 180,000 - 250,000
£ 140,000 - 200,000
Amended
1937 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III SPECIAL NEWMARKET PERMANENT FAUX CABRIOLET
Coachwork by Brewster, updated by Inskip

Chassis no. 3 BT 129
Engine no. E18X

7,338cc OHV Aluminum V12 Engine
165bhp at 3,000rpm
4-speed Manual Gearbox
Independent Front Suspension - Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Serve-assisted Drum Brakes

*Originally supplied to Tommy Manville Jr.
*Former ownership for more than 40 years
*Well preserved interior
*Low mileage


THE ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III

Perhaps the most outstanding luxury car of the 1930s - certainly to have been built in the United Kingdom - was the Rolls-Royce Phantom III. Introduced in 1936, the 7,340cc V12-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 V12 configuration was a logical one for Rolls-Royce, the company already having had considerable experience of manufacturing V12 aero engines such as that used in the record-breaking Supermarine S6B seaplane. No doubt another consideration was the need to match the multi-cylinder opposition, notably the V16 Cadillac and V12 Hispano-Suiza.

A state-of-the-art design employing advanced materials and techniques such as 'skeleton' cylinder blocks with wet liners and aluminum alloy cylinder heads, the PIII V12 produced 165bhp in its debut form. The maximum output was subsequently raised to 180 brake horsepower, which was sufficient to propel later examples to 100mph, earlier models being capable of around 90. Its engine configuration aside, the Phantom III represents an important milestone in the history of Rolls-Royce cars, being the first with independent front suspension. A total of 727 had been manufactured when WW2 halted production, of which around 300 exist worldwide today.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Here we present an extremely rare snapshot of the very best that both coachbuilder and motor manufacturer could offer in its day. By the late 1930s, the era of the experiment of Rolls-Royce America was drawing to a close, but there were still a handful of orders made directly through the Springfield company and this car is one such example.

It is perhaps not surprising that it was built for an extremely wealthy client, the famed 'Asbestos heir' Tommy Manville Jr. Manville was the type of socialite that novelists such as Evelyn Waugh and F. Scott Fitzgerald were so minded to encapsulate in their famous Roaring Twenties characters, decadent in the extreme... There were no fewer than 11 Mrs. Manvilles over the course of his 73 year lifespan!

But, if there was one thing that he appears to have been loyal to, it was Rolls-Royce, from whom 5 successive cars were acquired. The best known of those was the iconic Windblown Coupe that he acquired of the New York Auto Show Stand in 1930, that was followed with two left hand drive Phantom IIs, A Croydon and a Henley Roadster.

Underpinned by the mechanical zenith that the Phantom III undoubtedly is the car was clothed with a design by the company that Cole Porter was so moved to right 'You're the Top, You're a Brewster body'... Its extremely attractive coachwork heralds from slightly earlier in the decade, being supplied originally on one of the late American built left hand drive Phantom IIs, 216 AMS which was delivered to wealthy industrialist Frederick F. Brewster of New Haven Connecticut. Like Manville, Brewster was a serial Rolls buyer, and it appears that when he took delivery of his new Phantom III in April 1937, he had the Sporting Sedan moved over to the V12 chassis.

Manville would have owned the Phantom III between the divorce with Marcelle Edwards and before his 3 month marriage to Bonita Edwards in November 1941. Rolls-Royce/Inskip remained clever negotiators of cars between their clientele. When charged with finding a new home for the Phantom III in March 1941, they wisely moved the elegant coachwork on to it and lightly modernized it with their trademark sweeping fender treatment. In 1970 it moved into the long term custody of Clarence Curtiss from whom it would only emerge in recent times.

Viewed today, this is a fascinating statement, it has the wonderful styling cues of the Brewster bodies of the time with the sweep down from the windshield line arcing towards the front wheels as it descends the body, arguably echoing famed French carrossier Jacques Saoutchik and of course reminiscent of the Windblown coupe.

Aesthetically, this is a remarkably original car, its interior remains to its original style and the tasteful two tone paint scheme of 'coffee and cream' accents the lines of the car well.

Having lived on the East Coast for much of the last 50 years, this imposing V12 Rolls-Royce would no doubt be welcomed at events up and down the Pacific coast.

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1937 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III SPECIAL NEWMARKET SEDAN  Chassis no. 3 BT 129
1937 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III SPECIAL NEWMARKET SEDAN  Chassis no. 3 BT 129
1937 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III SPECIAL NEWMARKET SEDAN  Chassis no. 3 BT 129
1937 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III SPECIAL NEWMARKET SEDAN  Chassis no. 3 BT 129
1937 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III SPECIAL NEWMARKET SEDAN  Chassis no. 3 BT 129
1937 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III SPECIAL NEWMARKET SEDAN  Chassis no. 3 BT 129
1937 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III SPECIAL NEWMARKET SEDAN  Chassis no. 3 BT 129
1937 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III SPECIAL NEWMARKET SEDAN  Chassis no. 3 BT 129
1937 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III SPECIAL NEWMARKET SEDAN  Chassis no. 3 BT 129
1937 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III SPECIAL NEWMARKET SEDAN  Chassis no. 3 BT 129
1937 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III SPECIAL NEWMARKET SEDAN  Chassis no. 3 BT 129
1937 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III SPECIAL NEWMARKET SEDAN  Chassis no. 3 BT 129
1937 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III SPECIAL NEWMARKET SEDAN  Chassis no. 3 BT 129
1937 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III SPECIAL NEWMARKET SEDAN  Chassis no. 3 BT 129
1937 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III SPECIAL NEWMARKET SEDAN  Chassis no. 3 BT 129
1937 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III SPECIAL NEWMARKET SEDAN  Chassis no. 3 BT 129
1937 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III SPECIAL NEWMARKET SEDAN  Chassis no. 3 BT 129
1937 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III SPECIAL NEWMARKET SEDAN  Chassis no. 3 BT 129
1937 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III SPECIAL NEWMARKET SEDAN  Chassis no. 3 BT 129
1937 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III SPECIAL NEWMARKET SEDAN  Chassis no. 3 BT 129
1937 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III SPECIAL NEWMARKET SEDAN  Chassis no. 3 BT 129
1937 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III SPECIAL NEWMARKET SEDAN  Chassis no. 3 BT 129
1937 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III SPECIAL NEWMARKET SEDAN  Chassis no. 3 BT 129
1937 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III SPECIAL NEWMARKET SEDAN  Chassis no. 3 BT 129
1937 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III SPECIAL NEWMARKET SEDAN  Chassis no. 3 BT 129
1937 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III SPECIAL NEWMARKET SEDAN  Chassis no. 3 BT 129
1937 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III SPECIAL NEWMARKET SEDAN  Chassis no. 3 BT 129
1937 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III SPECIAL NEWMARKET SEDAN  Chassis no. 3 BT 129
1937 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III SPECIAL NEWMARKET SEDAN  Chassis no. 3 BT 129
1937 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III SPECIAL NEWMARKET SEDAN  Chassis no. 3 BT 129
1937 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III SPECIAL NEWMARKET SEDAN  Chassis no. 3 BT 129
1937 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III SPECIAL NEWMARKET SEDAN  Chassis no. 3 BT 129
1937 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III SPECIAL NEWMARKET SEDAN  Chassis no. 3 BT 129
1937 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III SPECIAL NEWMARKET SEDAN  Chassis no. 3 BT 129
1937 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III SPECIAL NEWMARKET SEDAN  Chassis no. 3 BT 129
1937 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III SPECIAL NEWMARKET SEDAN  Chassis no. 3 BT 129
1937 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III SPECIAL NEWMARKET SEDAN  Chassis no. 3 BT 129
1937 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III SPECIAL NEWMARKET SEDAN  Chassis no. 3 BT 129
1937 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III SPECIAL NEWMARKET SEDAN  Chassis no. 3 BT 129
1937 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III SPECIAL NEWMARKET SEDAN  Chassis no. 3 BT 129
1937 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III SPECIAL NEWMARKET SEDAN  Chassis no. 3 BT 129
1937 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III SPECIAL NEWMARKET SEDAN  Chassis no. 3 BT 129
1937 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III SPECIAL NEWMARKET SEDAN  Chassis no. 3 BT 129
1937 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM III SPECIAL NEWMARKET SEDAN  Chassis no. 3 BT 129
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