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Lot 367: Rolls-Royce Phantom V Limousine

Grand Palais Sale, Bonhams (5 February 2011)

Introduced in the autumn of 1959, Rolls-Royce's new 6,230cc all-alloy V8 engine powered the Silver Cloud II and Bentley S2 sedans as well as the Rolls-Royce Phantom V. The new Phantom V long-wheelbase limousine effectively replaced both the royalty/heads of state-only Phantom IV and the Silver Wraith. The latter's relatively short - for a limousine - wheelbase had made it all but impossible for coachbuilders to provide adequate boot space in a comfortable seven-seater automobile, a shortcoming addressed by the Phantom V. Built on a much-modified and strengthened 'Cloud II chassis enjoying the same 145" wheelbase as the IV, the new Phantom measured almost 20ft in length and enabled coachbuilders to combine the desirable qualities of spacious interior accommodation with generous boot space and graceful lines. A lower final drive ratio ensured that, while top speed was a little down on that of its stablemates, though still in excess of 100mph, the new Phantom could all but match them for acceleration. Rolls-Royce's in-house coachbuilder H J Mulliner, Park Ward Ltd produced what was in effect the 'standard' seven-passenger limousine coachwork for the Phantom V. This Phantom has the distinction of having been in the Royal household, being owned previously by H.R.H. Edward, Duke of Kent. It was in his use and service up until November 1996 during which time it was kept in good order by the Rolls-Royce London Service Centre. In their hands it had received a new engine in 1989 and just prior to its being sold it had undergone extensive restoration work, including new rear springs. While in his custody, the car was in Mason's Black livery with a fawn leather and cloth interior, which included a Cartier clock on its division, naturally it carried the blue bullet lamp in the centre of its roof signifying its Royal ownership, and had provision for the Royal Standard. The car was sold at public auction in 1996, being acquired by the current owners for the same rationale as for the Phantom VI in that it was an extremely good example and hence a fine basis for future use in service. On acquisition it was also comprehensively refurbished with new Harrods Green paintwork, faux basket weave to the sides of the car, a fawn ever-flex roof, retaining the Royal blue light, and dummy pram irons on the rear quarters. The interior was re-worked at the same time with dark green leather and cloth and updated with then current communications technology. The specification was incredibly lavish and generally an up-to-date technical aspect combined with cosmetics that gave a general nod to the centuries old coach-building customs. Today, the car remains in immaculate order having been used infrequently and not as much as was originally intended. A former Royal household Phantom, with just one further owner from new, this car is deserving of close inspection.

Lot Details
Auction Grand Palais Sale
Bonhams, Grand Palais, Paris
Lot Number367
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
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Registration number
Chassis number5VA 23
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Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors4