<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546

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The ex-Frank Cooke
1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I Chassis

Sold for US$ 56,100 inc. premium
The ex-Frank Cooke
1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I Chassis
Chassis no. S454FL
Engine no. 20546

452ci OHV Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Single Updraft Carburetor
108bhp at 2,300rpm
3-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Leaf Spring Suspension
4-Wheel Servo-Assisted Drum Brakes

*Part of the Frank Cooke Collection for decades
*Extensively featured in The Flying Lady
*Driven over 50,000 miles by Frank during his ownership
*Recent thorough mechanical and cosmetic recommissioning


THE AMERICAN ROLLS-ROYCE

In 1920 Rolls-Royce made the dramatic announcement: "A limited number of Rolls-Royce chassis will be produced at the American Works; the same quality of materials will be employed as in England. F. Henry Royce is Engineer-in-Chief of the American operations. The products of the American works will be drawn on for English as well as American patrons."

From the outset, it was clear that the traditions of excellence established in England would be maintained in America. At the time, Rolls-Royce had a one model policy and the first cars to be built in Springfield were the 7.4-liter, 40/50hp Silver Ghost, adopting English right-hand drive until 1925 when left-hand drive became available.

From 1926 to 1929 the Rolls Royce Phantom I was produced in Springfield as the modernized replacement of the then aging Silver Ghost. Total Springfield Phantom I production was 1,243.

Rolls Royce introduced their pushrod-OHV straight-6 engine through the Phantom I. They also introduced advanced four-wheel servo-assisted brakes through the Phantom I via a licensing agreement with Hispano-Suiza.

US models offered larger Buffalo wheels and a centralized lubrication system sourced from Bijur, oiling 44 chassis wear points from the driver's seat. In addition, US supplied parts such as Chelsea clocks, Haverhill Auto Lighting headlights with Bausch & Lomb prizm lenses. Dual Dejon distributors, Mallory coils, and Trico wipers were also fitted to the US cars.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

S454FL was the 54th Phantom I produced in Springfield. It was delivered new in July 1927 to Mrs. L. B. Morse of Charleston, New Hampshire. At that time, it was furnished with Warwick Limousine coachwork by Brewster. When Frank Cooke embarked upon the restoration of this chassis, sportier Piccadilly coachwork (Body no. M1388) seemed a better choice for such a fine chassis, so Cooke acquired one from Sam Adelman in December of 1961 via Silver Ghost chassis no. S178ML, a car that Frank later restored with London-to-Edinburgh-style Tourer coachwork.

Cooke toured an estimated 50,000 miles in this car during his ownership, a tribute to the restoration and modernization work he made famous. He carried this out to make this car a comfortable and reliable tourer on modern roads.

The previous owner acquired S454FL from the Bonhams 2006 auction of the Cooke Collection. A generation of Rolls enthusiasts had learned the ins and outs of restoring, maintaining and "modernizing" pre-war Rolls Royces from Frank's tech sessions, cutaway demonstrations, and numerous Flying Lady articles, written before and after his reign as the Technical Vice President of the Rolls Royce Owners club, many featuring work on this car.

In the last decade, extensive mechanical recommissioning was undertaken to bring the car back to the level of drivability it was made famous for by Frank. All systems and equipment were inspected and parts were repaired or replaced as needed, such as the resealing of the overdrive unit, and the re-gasketing of the manifolds. The wiring was refreshed and the paint and The Bijur lubrication system was also rebuilt.

As it sits today, this Phantom represent an excellent opportunity for a new owner. This well respected and great driving chassis could be adorned with any coachwork one chooses and should make for a straightforward and rewarding project.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note, this vehicle has a reserve. Catalog erroneously states without. Also note, this car is titled under model year 1926.
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<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
<b>1927 Rolls-Royce 40/50hp Phantom I</b><br />Chassis no. S454FL<br />Engine no. 20546
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