1928 Rolls-Royce 40/50HP Phantom I

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1928 Rolls-Royce 40/50HP Phantom I

150,000.00
  • Displayed at the Scottish motor show
  • Excellent condition.  Very well maintained, including full engine rebuilds in 1997 and 2011 
  • Brougham de Ville Coachwork by Wilkinson of Derby
  • Great driving car
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In 1925, Rolls-Royce launched its replacement for the long running and highly successful Silver Ghost, initially called the New Phantom, but it became known as the Phantom I after the introduction of the Phantom II.  The New Phantom was a little larger and more modern than its predecessor boasting a similar but improved new pushrod overhead valve 6 cylinder engine that displaced 7668cc, on a 7-bearing crank with vibration damper and a detachable 12 plug cylinder head.  Lubrication for this engine was via a gear type pump and the 4 speed gearbox remained a separate unit but now with a disc clutch rather than the earlier cone type.

Interestingly the chassis remained largely the same as the Ghost with semi elliptic springs at the front and cantilever springs at the back, this would not change fundamentally until the introduction of the Phantom II in 1929.

The car we are proud to offer here is the Scottish Motor Show car, chassis 63RF.  This car was purchased by Sir Arthur Young, Baronet of Dumbartonshire, via Clyde Autos, and was fitted with an enclosed limousine laundaulette (No. 6848) coachwork by Hooper.  The build card for the car shows that 63RF is a long-chassis car and specified to have a luggage rack, side-lamp wiring, two spare wheels, up-rated springs and nickel-plated fittings. 

In the early 1980s the Phantom was extensively restored and a new Hooper Brougham de Ville replica body constructed by Wilkinson’s of Derby was fitted. The car was refinished in two-tone green with black wings, with black leather upholstery in the front compartment and green fabric in the rear. 

63RF changed hands again in 1990 and in 1997 it was given mechanical rebuild by marque specialist, Michael Hibberd, which included an engine overhaul and the installation of new brakes, road springs, brake cables, etc. A new front hood was fitted at this time. Further work carried out by Mr Hibberd (totalling £19,517) in June 2007 included an engine ‘de-coke’, bonnet repair, new springs, dampers and suspension bushes, plus a service (receipts available). The dynamo too was overhauled at around this time. 

The current owner acquired the 63RF in 2010 since when it has been meticulously maintained by marque specialist A.J Glew.  The engine was completely rebuilt in 2011 and the car has been regularly serviced including recent attention to the front axel and suspension.  Bills on file show the extensive nature of this work with invoices for over £30,000 in the past 7 years.

The car as you can imagine is now in excellent order and is a delight to drive.  The coachwork presents very well and the sprightly engine carries its impressive body with ease.  This car reminds you how impressive and thoroughly engineered Rolls Royce cars of this period are and you will be delighted at what a usable machine it is.  Perfect for Goodwood, Prescott and touring, you must come and have a looks.  Cars this well maintained are not easy to find!!