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Lot 183: Rolls-Royce Phantom II Three-position Drophead Coupe

Fine Motor cars incl. The Jaguar Legend, Coys (14 July 2012)

The Phantom II was one of the most successful of Rolls-Royce's time-honoured 40/50 HP series, the first being the Silver Ghost, followed by the New Phantom, subsequently known as the Phantom I, and then in 1929 the Phantom II. Its chassis was a brand new design and the engine was a developed and improved version of the Phantom I's 7668 c.c pushrod OHV straight six with a new crossflow cylinder head. Drive was directly to the rear wheels using an open drive shaft, a hypoid bevel final drive and a a Hotchkiss drive replacing the torque tube coupled to a remotely mounted gearbox found on earlier 40/50 models. The Chassis was all new, enabling the frame to be mounted lower than before, which greatly improved handling. It continued to use the four-wheel servo-assisted brakes of the Phantom I, and also carried an adapted version of the Bijur centralized lubrification system from the Springfield built Phantoms. In common with all luxury car production the Derby plant only produced chassis and engines, and the customers ordered their own custom bodies from a coachbuilder of their own choosing, such as Gurney Nutting, Thrupp & Maberly, Mulliner, Hooper and so on. This particular car was sold new on the 31st of March 1931; it was ordered with a Windover Saloon body but one of the curious aspects of the motoring world of the era was that the value of a fine car lay predominantly in its chassis, and bodywork could be fairly readily altered to suit changing fashion or the owner's needs. What is apparent in the case of Chassis 63GY is that in all probability around 1934 it ended up in the hands of Jack Compton Ltd or the Southern Motor Co., two of the biggest used Rolls-Royce dealers of the era. The Windovers bodywork was a little out of the fast-changing fashion by that time and so a new 30s style body was ordered so that it could be sold as a greatly more up-to-date car, though mechanically still only a couple of years old. Ranalah, specialists in such work, were the coachbulders selected for the task. Ranalah was originally known as John Charles Coachbuilders, after John Charles Ranalah the founder, though eventually they changed the name to the more exotic-sounding Ranalah. Two Phantom II dropheads were made by Ranalah, 42 GN and 63 GY; both these cars had very similar and remarkably elegant coachwork and even at one time had the same owner. The original colour on 63 GY as finished by Ranalah was Light Blue metallic, however a couple of years later a Mr. Anthony Proctor from Exeter had her refinished in Black, and thereafter she became known as Black Beauty. In 1958, 63 GY was exported to Canada and later, in 1974, found its way to Mr Paul F Teryl who, remarkably, also owned the sister car, 42 GN. Mr Tyrel then dismantled the car completely and embarked on a thorough 'nut and bolt' restoration.The chassis alone took three years to finish, with the standard achieved so high that the RROC convinced the owner to exhibit it at several car shows as a chassis only display. Bodywork then followed,taking a further two years. At the 1980 RROC meeting at Newport, R.I. the quality was such that it took first prize among more than 500 Rolls-Royce and Bentley cars. Mr Teryl took extreme care in the authenticity of his restoration. Examples of this include the wiring which is the correct colour coded braided cotton throughout, the leather spring gaiters and all leather joint covers were brand new from RR, the exhaust system was stainless steel made according to original blueprints and correctly wrapped with asbestos. The car retains what must be one of the few original functioning exhaust cutouts in existence ( for continental use only, as the handbook sternly warns) but this probably requires freeing up. The Bijur central lubrication system operates correctly, and the engine was rebored and fitted with new pistons, rings, camshaft, re-aligned main bearings, the crankshaft was reground and the clutch was renewed. The radiator is described as being excellent. The brakes benefit from all new linings, and the drums have been skimmed. All shock absorbers were rebuilt, and to top it all off the radiator proudly carries a rare original Spirit of Ecstasy mascot. The upholstery and top were replaced by celebrated interior restorer Leo Moser, one of the best in the US, using Bridge of Weir hides, mohair convertible top material, and Wilton cut pile wool carpet, correctly bound in leather. In all 152 parts were rechromed. The detail work of the restoration is a blur of famous names; all terminals are by Ross & Courtney of London, Gaiters etc by Wilcot of Fishponds, Bristol, dynamo & magneto were rebuilt by Magneto Repairs & Lighting of Cricklewood, roller bearings from Hoffman of Chelmsford, and gauges were restored by Vintage restorations of Tunbridge Wells. This welter of detailed information comes straight from the1980s owner who supervised the restoration. The car, now resplendent in Cream and residing in the UK, was then carefully used for the next few years, achieving another first prize at an RREC meet in the 80s. After such a distinguished run the car was sold to the current owner in Sweden via a dealer in the UK. It has been extremely sparingly used while there, just enough to maintain the car in its current splendid condition. Though plainly no longer a new restoration, 63 GY has acquired a delightful patina and has 'settled in' very nicely and now represents a splendid oppurtunity to acquire one of the most elegant Phantom IIs in the world. Coys are proud to be able to offer it for sale.

Lot Details
Auction Fine Motor cars incl. The Jaguar Legend
Coys, Blenheim Palace,Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
Lot Number183
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Condition rating1
Registration number
Chassis number63 GY
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2