<b>1931 Rolls-Royce 40/50HP Phantom II (Sedanca) Drophead Coupe</b><br />Chassis no. 67 GX<br />Engine no. FF15

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Lot 147
1931 Rolls-Royce 40/50HP Phantom II Continental (Sedanca) Drophead Coupe
Coachwork by Carlton Carriage Co.

Sold for US$ 201,600 inc. premium
1931 Rolls-Royce 40/50HP Phantom II Continental (Sedanca) Drophead Coupe
Coachwork by Carlton Carriage Co.

Chassis no. 67 GX
Engine no. FF15

7,668cc OHV Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Single Carburetor
120bhp at 3500rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
4-Wheel Servo-assisted Drum Brakes

*Offered from a prominent Northeast collection
*In the present ownership since 2004
*Well-documented
*One of only 11 Carlton bodied Phantom IIs


THE PHANTOM II CONTINENTAL

There is something so crisp, elegant and sporting about the way that the words Rolls, Royce, Phantom Two and Continental hang together, it is one of the great car names in the history of the automobile. They immediately conjure a blend of timeless luxury twinned with sportsmanship and the romance of charging down tree lined French roads at sunset chasing the hour of a fine dining reservation!

The Continental had it all, a shortened chassis, in which 7.7 liters of power sat behind the regal shouldered radiator, invariably clothed in raked coachwork with design features such louvers extended to increase the optical effect of its already massive hood. In all, a mere 278 of these legendary cars left the works against production of the standard cars of more than 1400, so they were a rare sight even then. The cars have always been coveted by collectors and were originally immortalized by Raymond Gentile in a Dalton Watson publication on them. Within the last year or so, the modern Dalton Watson publishing business revisited this subject and have expanded on Gentile's work with an extensive two volume book on them, with material devoted to each car and their histories elaborated on.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

In this revised work, the full known history of this car, 67 GX is detailed. It notes the Phantom to have been one of only eleven of the models to have received coachwork by the lesser known Carlton Carriage Co. of Willesden, North London, who equipped the Rolls with a bespoke Drophead Coupe design.

The original owner has a typically appropriate name to accompany that of the model, being Captain Ronald Henry White Henderson, a resident of Hanover Square, London W1. It was the sixth Rolls that he had purchased. He registered it for the road as 'DR 9727', it presumably being mainly domiciled at Boughton Park in Northamptonshire where he also lived. Captain Henderson's Continental is understood to have been finished in a very dark color from new, most likely black, a period image shows the extremely elegant car with a fawn or off-white top, wheel discs, and lacking front bumpers which would otherwise have compromised its lines.

Its chain of history is charted as: Colonel Edwin Rosevaere in 1937, then dealers Jack Barclay and Paddon Bros, in the late 1930s. Post war it passed to Charles Peter Brooks, an automobile engineer from Orpington in Kent in 1960, then emigrated to Delaware based American Everett J. Wright, and has remained in this country ever since. To judge from photographs through this period, at some point prior to its arrival in this country, the fully convertible top was evolved into a fixed rear quarter aspect.

In a 1966 letter to Herb Schoenfeld, Wright recalls that he sold the car in 1962 to wealthy socialite Mrs Josiah Marvel, first wife of General Douglas MacArthur and ex-wife of investor and racehorse owner Cornelius Vanderbilt Whitney. Schoenfeld purchased the car from subsequent owner Cy Morris, of South Bend, Indiana in September 1966. It is believed that at that time the car was still in its original state, finished in black with red leather interior.

The former owner, George Raney acquired '67GX' from Herb Schoenfeld in 1977. It had been restored and shown at Pebble Beach in 1971, winning 2nd in class and the 'ladies choice' as most elegant open car, and is pictured in Pebble Beach, a Matter of Style, Racing Through the Pines 1950-1956/Concours D'Elegance 1950-1979, by Robert Devlin. Its guise by then was as you see the car today, in white, with blue leather interior. Herb Schoenfeld drove the car to Pebble Beach in '71 from Mercer Island, WA and then home again! Well maintained by Raney, it benefitted from a re-cored radiator, and new cylinder head fitted in 1998 by British Motor Car Distributors Ltd, of San Francisco. After 27 years Mr. Raney's son Marshall Earl Raney offered the Continental for sale at Bonhams Quail Lodge, where it was purchased by the current custodian, a prominent NorthEast Collector with a passion for the marque.

In the past 15 or more years, the Phantom II has been a treasured part of this collection. The restoration work that it had received in the 1970s has not been updated, just carefully maintained. As it stands today the car offers great potential, it could be that its sporting prowess can be continued to age gently and be used in that same vein, or perhaps it may be considered as the basis for a concours restoration. The latter would provide its next owner with the opportunity to revert it to its full convertible form also.

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