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Lot 330: Rolls-Royce Phantom V Limousine

Bonhams at the R-REC Annual Rally, Bonhams (18 June 2011)

With development of its dependable six-cylinder engine nearing an end and facing competition from faster rivals in the United States market, Rolls-Royce turned to V8 power as the 1960s approached. Introduced in the autumn of 1959, the new 6,230cc all-alloy engine graced the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II and Bentley S2 as well as the Rolls-Royce Phantom V. Alterations to the steering mechanism, now power-assisted as standard, were among the many modifications required to accommodate the wider engine in the existing chassis. Rolls-Royce's new limousine model, the long-wheelbase Phantom V 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 Phantom IV, the new Phantom measured over 6 metres 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 Park Ward Limited produced what was in effect the 'standard' seven-passenger limousine coachwork for the Phantom V. The usual upholstery for the front compartment was leather, which was also included in the list of alternatives for the rear along with West of England cloth. As one would expect in a car of this class, a cocktail cabinet was usually incorporated into the rear compartment's cabinetwork, while electric windows and air conditioning were among the preferred options. Park Ward's design remained substantially unaltered until the introduction of the Silver Cloud III and Bentley S3 in the autumn of 1962 when it was revised to incorporate the new models' four-headlamp lighting arrangement and a completely new above-waistline treatment. Now built by the combined firm of H J Mulliner, Park Ward, the car lived on into the 1990s as the Phantom VI, its passing in 1992 marking the final demise of the separate-chassis Rolls-Royce. We are advised by the vendor that this right-hand drive Phantom V was delivered new as a funeral car before being sold by Anthony Copsy to the immediately preceding owner in Belgium, Mr Ben Van Utrecht. The current owner bought the car from Mr Van Utrecht in 2004. In 2008 various bodywork repairs and a re-spray were carried out while more recently (in 2010) the braking system was overhauled with new calipers, wheels cylinders, brake shoes, etc at a cost of approximately �4,000. In total, over �25,000 has been spent on repairs and restoration in recent years (bills on file). Finished in Masons' Black over Champagne with leather upholstery to the driver's compartment and West of England cloth to the rear, the car is described as in generally good condition, the engine running smoothly and the transmission changing gear without hesitation. The vehicle is offered with a substantial quantity of restoration invoices and Netherlands registration papers.

Lot Details
Auction Bonhams at the R-REC Annual Rally
Bonhams, Rockingham Castle, Northamptonshire
TypeCar
Lot Number330
Estimate£45000-£55000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£35000
Hammer Price (inc premium)£40000
Year1965
Condition rating0
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Chassis number5VC25
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