<b>1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom 1 Regent Convertible Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. S82PM<br />Engine no. 20826
Lot 79
1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom 1 Regent Convertible Coupe
Coachwork by Brewster & Co.
Sold for US$ 253,000 inc. premium

Lot Details
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1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom 1 Regent Convertible Coupe
Coachwork by Brewster & Co.

Chassis no. S82PM
Engine no. 20826

7,668cc OHV inline six-cylinder engine
Single carburetor
100bhp at 3,000rpm
Three-speed manual transmission
Front semi-elliptical leaf springs and rear cantilever spring suspension
Four-wheel servo-assisted drum brakes

*Springfield Phantom with rare Factory updated coachwork
*Well restored and beautifully presented
*The most desirable late Phantom styling
*Numbers matching with documented history


THE PHANTOM 1 REGENT

Introduced by Rolls-Royce in 1925 to replace the Silver Ghost, the New Phantom (retrospectively known as the Phantom I) boasted an entirely new overhead-valve six-cylinder engine displacing 7,668cc and, like the contemporary 20hp model, adopted a disc-type clutch and adjustable radiator shutters. Its chassis though, remained essentially the same as that of the later, four-wheel-braked Silver Ghost and would continue fundamentally unchanged until the arrival of the Phantom II in 1929 brought with it an entirely new frame.

Like its 'Ghost predecessor, the New Phantom 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, the October '29 Wall Street Crash and the introduction of the Phantom II - re-tooling for which the US company could not afford - signaling the beginning of its decline. 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 MOTORCAR OFFERED

This handsome touring Rolls-Royce Phantom was delivered new to Harley Douglas Hutchins in New York, NY in April of 1927. Wearing its first coach work a St Stephens seven-passenger town car the delivery price was a staggering $19,365.00, a staggering sum for its day. Mr. Hutchins would likely not have been fazed by the asking price. A Harvard grad, class of 1894, and member of the exclusive New York Yacht Club though per factory records it was a gift from his Nephew H.H. Work of Madison NJ.

The surviving factory records of the Rolls-Royce's Springfield division note that S82PM was updated by the works with a new Regent convertible couple body by Brewster. The fenders, splash aprons, and exterior lighting was all updated to reflect the latest and ultimate phantom one stylistic development. The Factory faced with an excess of excellent though cosmetically dated motor cars implemented a program of updating the cars with fresh coach work. A small number of body styles were penned with modern styling these would include the Regent and the Playboy roadster both of which were only fitted by the factory as second bodies. It is more than likely that the chassis were fully reconditioned to make the cars like new again.

Today these styles are some of the most desirable. Most collectors prefer these late cars that start to show signs of the aerodynamic trends that ensued in this era, carrying more European styled 'bullet' headlamps, and matched side lamps now mounted on the front fenders. The front fenders themselves now stretched forwards like blades as on the famed Derby Speedsters and the front dumb irons and springs and chassis were now discreetly hidden behind valances. While completing the effect front and aft were twin flat bars as bumpers. Today the sporting Playboy and it's all-weather sibling the Regent are prized by collectors for their great looks.

Having recently been part of a private North East collection the Regent is being offered in fresh and handsomely turned out condition. The dark paint finish is particularly complimentary of the excellent lines of this sporting Phantom 1. Its recent owners had always kept the car in fully operational order so it could be enjoyed at a moment's notice. When recently inspected by A Bonhams representative it was found to run well and start easily and its cosmetic condition was handsome and tidy. A good history file is included with the car.

Perhaps a unique feature of this car is the convertible top in the style of the Playboy Roadster. Perhaps indicative of its late production (1933) this example has far more pleasing lines than the boxy, landau iron adorned version seen on early builds.

As it was when new, the great characteristic of this style of coachwork is its versatility, offering full open motoring to breeze along in the sunshine, with none of the elegance of the car impeded, or on colder or wetter days be entirely and solidly covered and protected from the elements. A handsome and highly desirable late styled Phantom 1, wearing striking coachwork original to this chassis is ready to be toured or shown.

Footnotes

  • Please note, the history file as stated in the catalog, with accompany the vehicle post-sale.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note, the history file as stated in the catalog, with accompany the vehicle post-sale.
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