<b>1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom 1 Town Car</b><br />Chassis no. S203PR<br />Engine no. 31030
Lot 175
1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom 1 Town Car
Coachwork by Brewster & Co.
Sold for US$ 91,840 inc. premium

Lot Details
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1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Town Car
Coachwork by Brewster & Co.

Chassis no. S203PR
Engine no. 31030

7,668cc OHV Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Single Carburetor
113bhp at 3,000rpm
3-speed Manual Transmission with Electronic Overdrive Fitted
Front Semi-elliptical Leaf Springs and Rear Cantilever Spring Suspension
4-wheel Servo-assisted Drum Brakes

*Springfield Phantom with Original Coachwork from new
*One of 37 Brewster built Phantom I Town Cars
*Recent service by Marque Expert
*Delightful and Comfortable Long-distance Touring Car


THE Rolls-Royce Phantom I

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

This particular Phantom I Rolls-Royce was built in 1931. As the case with many expensive cars in the depression, the car was not sold until 1933. It was then fitted with its current attractive town car bodywork. Town cars were designed to provide their owners with discreet and luxurious transport. The car's original owner was Mrs. Leona Henschel, who resided in the famous San Remo building near Central Park. Clearly Mrs. Henschel had a great deal of taste and means, the back of the car was trimmed in West English cloth, with opulent wood veneer trim. Records indicate that she kept the car until through the war and into 1948. The car was then owned by Albert E. Gurge in Brooklyn, NY. The next owner was then Mr. John O'Rouche, again in Brooklyn.

It was after O'Rouche's ownership in 1955, that the car went south to North Carolina, to a Mr. E.D. Swain. The car remained in North Carolina until 1978, when it was owned by Dominic Coppella. The cars next owner was a Rolls-Royce collector Theodore M. Diller, in OH, who would retain the car till 1992.

The car was acquired by its current custodian, in 2012, having purchased the car from David Burg, a noted Phantom I collector. Having a long history in the Rolls-Royce Owners club the car was overall in very good condition. The owner however wanted utter reliability, and sent the car to renowned Rolls-Royce specialist Dick Fawley.

Dick Fawley embarked on a very comprehensive rebuild, including a complete engine rebuild with new alloy cylinder head, manufactured by Steve Litton. This gave an opportunity to increase the compression ratio. Along with the engine rebuild all the engine auxiliaries, carburetor, vacuum pump and generator were put in new condition. The brakes and suspension were also rebuilt, finally the exposed chassis was cleaned and painted.

The car was recently inspected by a Bonhams Specialist and is overall in very good order. The rear upholstery is believed to be the original West English cloth. The fresh engine has very good power output and is also very responsive. The car shows very well in its current attractive tan and brown color scheme and is also offered with an original owner's manual. With the overdrive engaged the car cruises effortlessly. Welcome at any number of shows or as an excellent tour car for RROC, AACA, or CCCA driving events. This superbly sorted Phantom I is sure to be, an excellent addition to any car collectors garage.
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