First owned by the Marquess of Queensberry,1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville  Chassis no. 3AX109
Lot 124
1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville
Coachwork by Gurney Nutting Registration no. DXE 782 Chassis no. 3AX109
Sold for £ 138,000 (US$ 173,354) inc. premium

Lot Details
First owned by the Marquess of Queensberry,1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville  Chassis no. 3AX109 First owned by the Marquess of Queensberry,1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville  Chassis no. 3AX109 First owned by the Marquess of Queensberry,1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville  Chassis no. 3AX109 First owned by the Marquess of Queensberry,1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville  Chassis no. 3AX109 First owned by the Marquess of Queensberry,1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville  Chassis no. 3AX109 First owned by the Marquess of Queensberry,1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville  Chassis no. 3AX109 First owned by the Marquess of Queensberry,1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville  Chassis no. 3AX109 First owned by the Marquess of Queensberry,1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville  Chassis no. 3AX109 First owned by the Marquess of Queensberry,1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville  Chassis no. 3AX109 First owned by the Marquess of Queensberry,1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville  Chassis no. 3AX109 First owned by the Marquess of Queensberry,1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville  Chassis no. 3AX109 First owned by the Marquess of Queensberry,1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville  Chassis no. 3AX109 First owned by the Marquess of Queensberry,1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville  Chassis no. 3AX109 First owned by the Marquess of Queensberry,1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville  Chassis no. 3AX109 First owned by the Marquess of Queensberry,1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville  Chassis no. 3AX109 First owned by the Marquess of Queensberry,1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville  Chassis no. 3AX109 First owned by the Marquess of Queensberry,1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville  Chassis no. 3AX109 First owned by the Marquess of Queensberry,1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville  Chassis no. 3AX109 First owned by the Marquess of Queensberry,1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville  Chassis no. 3AX109 First owned by the Marquess of Queensberry,1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville  Chassis no. 3AX109 First owned by the Marquess of Queensberry,1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville  Chassis no. 3AX109 First owned by the Marquess of Queensberry,1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville  Chassis no. 3AX109 First owned by the Marquess of Queensberry,1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville  Chassis no. 3AX109 First owned by the Marquess of Queensberry,1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville  Chassis no. 3AX109 First owned by the Marquess of Queensberry,1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville  Chassis no. 3AX109 First owned by the Marquess of Queensberry,1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville  Chassis no. 3AX109 First owned by the Marquess of Queensberry,1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville  Chassis no. 3AX109 First owned by the Marquess of Queensberry,1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville  Chassis no. 3AX109 First owned by the Marquess of Queensberry,1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville  Chassis no. 3AX109 First owned by the Marquess of Queensberry,1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville  Chassis no. 3AX109 First owned by the Marquess of Queensberry,1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville  Chassis no. 3AX109 First owned by the Marquess of Queensberry,1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville  Chassis no. 3AX109 First owned by the Marquess of Queensberry,1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville  Chassis no. 3AX109 First owned by the Marquess of Queensberry,1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville  Chassis no. 3AX109 First owned by the Marquess of Queensberry,1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville  Chassis no. 3AX109
First owned by the Marquess of Queensberry
1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville
Coachwork by Gurney Nutting

Registration no. DXE 782
Chassis no. 3AX109
*Delivered new in the UK
*Featured in 'Rolls-Royce The Derby Phantoms' (Dalton)
*Previously in the USA
*Little used in recent years

Footnotes

  • 'The most captious critic is obliged to admit that a Phantom III provides all that can be wished for in a large luxury motor-car. The comfort, silence and road-holding with really impressive acceleration and maximum speed made a combination of virtues which few cars of the time could equal.' - Anthony Bird, 'Rolls-Royce Motor Cars', 1964.

    Perhaps the most outstanding luxury car of the 1930s - certainly on this side of the Channel - 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 aluminium 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 710 had been manufactured when WW2 halted production, of which around 300 exist worldwide today.

    The Rolls-Royce Phantom III was, of course, an exclusively coachbuilt automobile. Most of the great British coachbuilding firms offered designs, many of them unique, on the Phantom III chassis. Some of the most widely admired were the work of J Gurney Nutting, which was responsible for bodying this car, chassis number '3AX109'. Gurney Nutting was a company associated with quality marques - Bentley in particular - from its earliest days and a supreme practitioner of the coachbuilding craft in the late 1930s. Founded in Croydon, Surrey in 1919, Gurney Nutting had bodied its first Bentley before moving to London's fashionable Chelsea district in 1924, and within a few years was established as the Cricklewood firm's foremost supplier of bodies after Vanden Plas.

    Gurney Nutting's work had a sporting flavour from the outset and succeeded in attracting the attention of society's upper echelons; the Prince of Wales and Duke of York were clients, and the firm gained its Royal Warrant in the early 1930s. Daimler and Rolls-Royce had been added to the Gurney Nutting portfolio in the mid-1920s, and the fruitful association with the latter continued into the succeeding decade.

    This car features in Lawrence Dalton's book, 'Rolls-Royce The Derby Phantoms' (page 371) and is recorded in several editions of the Rolls-Royce Owners Club's Directory, commencing in 1962 when the car formed part of the extensive collection of Rolls-Royces owned by William Klein Jr of Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania. '3AX109' next appears in the 1965 edition in the hands of Fred A Pennington of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, and then in the 1976-77 edition while belonging to R D La Penta of Lakeville, Connecticut. The car last appears in the 1980-81 R-ROC Directory while owned by Frank La Coke of Dallas, Texas. It is likely that the rear wheel spats were added in the United States.

    Copy photographs of the car undergoing restoration and finished in its current livery (taken in the 'States) are on file together with copies of build details and the R-ROC documentation, and an old V5 in the name of Mr Forrest, who acquired '3AX109' in 1992. In more recent times the Phantom has seen very little use, venturing out only to attend local shows and concours events. Described by the private vendor as in good working order, with 'A1' chassis, the car comes with a V5C registration document and an almost complete set of tools in the boot.
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