Formerly owned by Lord Beaverbrook,1938 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sports Limousine  Chassis no. 3DL38

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Lot 84* N
1938 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sports Limousine
Coachwork by Park Ward Registration no. UKE 886B Chassis no. 3DL38

Sold for £ 33,750 (US$ 41,945) inc. premium
Formerly owned by Lord Beaverbrook
1938 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sports Limousine
Coachwork by Park Ward

Registration no. UKE 886B
Chassis no. 3DL38
Odometer reading: tbc
MOT: Exempt



*Landmark Rolls-Royce model
*One of some 300 survivors
*Present ownership since 2008



Perhaps the most outstanding luxury car of the 1930s - certainly on this side of the Channel - was Rolls-Royce's Phantom III. Introduced in 1936, the 7,340cc V12-engined Phantom III succeeded the six-cylinder Phantom II. A state-of-the-art design, the V12 engine initially produced 165bhp, which was raised subsequently to 180bhp, 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 today.
Sold on 10th May 1938 to Jack Barclay Ltd of Hanover Square, London W1, chassis number '3DL38' wears 'sports limousine' (saloon-with-division) coachwork by Park Ward Ltd in the then fashionable 'semi razor edge' style. The current owner purchased the Rolls-Royce at Bonhams' Harrogate sale in November 2008 (Lot 650) when it was described as follows: "The accompanying copy order form records the first owner as one William Murray, while the chassis card lists one G Dawson, Esq of Cheltenham as owner from 26th August 1946. Other more noteworthy owners listed include Fleet Street press baron, Lord Beaverbrook (in 1949) and Manchester-based architect, Joseph Sunlight (from October 1950). Stafford Training Services is listed as owner from 31st March 1982 on the accompanying old-type Swansea V5 document, the previous having been one Albert John Wilkins of Basted, Kent." Accompanying documentation now consists solely of the aforementioned old V5.
The Phantom III has been on static display for a number of years and as such will require recommissioning prior to road use. Please also note this Lot is subject to UK import tax at the reduced rate of 5% if it is to remain in the UK.


£30,000 – 40,000
No Reserve

Footnotes

  • Vendor Score Total: 58 /100

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    Key for sellers' assessments:
    1/5 POOR. A project vehicle | Requires urgent attention | Damaged | Parts missing
    2/5 AVERAGE. Useable condition | Requires some attention | Light damage
    3/5 GOOD. Drive away | Presents well | Good history file | Drives well
    4/5 VERY GOOD. Well restored | Running and driving with no noticeable faults | Sound throughout
    5/5 EXCELLENT. Concours condition | Beautifully presented | Driving very well

    EXTERIOR TOTAL: 15 /25
    Body Work: 3
    Paint: 3
    Glass: 3
    Chrome/Plastics/Trim: 3
    Wheels/Tyres: 3

    RUNNING GEAR TOTAL: 12 /20
    Gearbox/Clutch: 3
    Axles: 3
    Suspension: 3
    Brakes: 3

    INTERIOR TOTAL: 12 /20
    Seats: 3
    Dashboard/Door cards/Carpets: 3
    Headlining: 3
    Trim: 3

    ELECTRICAL TOTAL: 6 /10
    Main components: 3
    Ancillary components: 3

    ENGINE TOTAL: 12 /20
    Starting: 3
    Running: 3
    Under Bonnet: 3
    Mechanical components: 3

    Car History File: 1

Saleroom notices

  • We are pleased to supply additional provenance for this Lot. Noted Phantom III historian Steve Stuckey has furnished Bonhams with the following, who states as follows: "From my research into the model I found that this car was a Trials (or demonstrator) car for Jack Barclay Ltd. in 1938. You may be interested to know that it was used personally by Jack Barclay before being sold. It was a duplicate of an earlier PIII used as a Trials car until sold to King Carol of Romania (which is now lost). Painted the same colours as the King's car (3CP34), it was finished in "Jewelescent" grey/fawn over navy blue. Incorrectly identified as the earlier car (which was sent to Romania in July 1937), 3DL38 is shown in Rolls-Royce advertisements on pages 43, 45 and 55 of my advertising book. It was with Barclays for a month (delivered on 24 June 1938) before being sold to William Murray of Berkshire in July. "A nice original photo is shown attached, as in an example of the car being advertised in one of the society magazines of the time, the registration number being a bogus one. It carried JB 1 and then EYU 310." Mr Stuckey is the historian/archivist for the Phantom III Technical Society, and has published two major books on the PIII: "The Spectre Arises" in 2015 and "Advertising the Rolls-Royce Phantom III" in 2019, both by Italian publisher Nubes Argentea. Bonhams is grateful to Mr Stuckey for this information.
Formerly owned by Lord Beaverbrook,1938 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sports Limousine  Chassis no. 3DL38
Formerly owned by Lord Beaverbrook,1938 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sports Limousine  Chassis no. 3DL38
Formerly owned by Lord Beaverbrook,1938 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sports Limousine  Chassis no. 3DL38
Formerly owned by Lord Beaverbrook,1938 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sports Limousine  Chassis no. 3DL38
Formerly owned by Lord Beaverbrook,1938 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sports Limousine  Chassis no. 3DL38
Formerly owned by Lord Beaverbrook,1938 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sports Limousine  Chassis no. 3DL38
Formerly owned by Lord Beaverbrook,1938 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sports Limousine  Chassis no. 3DL38
Formerly owned by Lord Beaverbrook,1938 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sports Limousine  Chassis no. 3DL38
Formerly owned by Lord Beaverbrook,1938 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sports Limousine  Chassis no. 3DL38
Formerly owned by Lord Beaverbrook,1938 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sports Limousine  Chassis no. 3DL38
Formerly owned by Lord Beaverbrook,1938 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sports Limousine  Chassis no. 3DL38
Formerly owned by Lord Beaverbrook,1938 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sports Limousine  Chassis no. 3DL38
Formerly owned by Lord Beaverbrook,1938 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sports Limousine  Chassis no. 3DL38
Formerly owned by Lord Beaverbrook,1938 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sports Limousine  Chassis no. 3DL38
Formerly owned by Lord Beaverbrook,1938 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sports Limousine  Chassis no. 3DL38
Formerly owned by Lord Beaverbrook,1938 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sports Limousine  Chassis no. 3DL38
Formerly owned by Lord Beaverbrook,1938 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sports Limousine  Chassis no. 3DL38
Formerly owned by Lord Beaverbrook,1938 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sports Limousine  Chassis no. 3DL38
Formerly owned by Lord Beaverbrook,1938 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sports Limousine  Chassis no. 3DL38
Formerly owned by Lord Beaverbrook,1938 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sports Limousine  Chassis no. 3DL38
Formerly owned by Lord Beaverbrook,1938 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sports Limousine  Chassis no. 3DL38
Formerly owned by Lord Beaverbrook,1938 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sports Limousine  Chassis no. 3DL38
Formerly owned by Lord Beaverbrook,1938 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sports Limousine  Chassis no. 3DL38
Formerly owned by Lord Beaverbrook,1938 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sports Limousine  Chassis no. 3DL38
Formerly owned by Lord Beaverbrook,1938 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sports Limousine  Chassis no. 3DL38
Formerly owned by Lord Beaverbrook,1938 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sports Limousine  Chassis no. 3DL38
Formerly owned by Lord Beaverbrook,1938 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sports Limousine  Chassis no. 3DL38
Formerly owned by Lord Beaverbrook,1938 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sports Limousine  Chassis no. 3DL38
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