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Lot 582: Rolls Royce Phantom I Trouville Town Car

Grand Palais Sale, Bonhams (7 February 2013)

According to records provided by the Rolls-Royce Owners Club, 'S241FP' was delivered new with Oxford sedan coachwork by Brewster, which had been transferred from Silver Ghost 'S208ML'. Its first owner was a Mr Thomas who kept the car for only a few months before it passed to Mrs Mary E H Rutter, a noted philanthropist from Utica, New York. Five years later it was decided to bring the car up to date by commissioning a new Trouville Town Car (sedanca) body. Mrs Rutter died in 1941 and it would seem that the car then passed to L W Bristow of Portland, Maine as it is known to have been with him by 1942. R-ROC records list only one other keeper: G Walter Johnson of Wilbraham, Massachusetts in the mid-1970s. 'S241FP' is described as generally presentable; the paintwork is original, retaining Mary Rutter's initials, while the nickel/German Silver brightwork, the leather/cloth interior and the electrics are likewise entirely original. The electrics are in full working order; including the buzzer to call your chauffeur! The engine turns over and appears in generally good condition, although the cylinder head has at some time suffered a freeze crack. Included in the sale is a spare cylinder head that has benefited from previous repairs. Representing a wonderful opportunity to acquire a rare and elegant Phantom preserved in highly original condition, 'S241FP' is offered with copies of factory build sheets and customs documents showing EU duties paid.

Lot Details
Auction Grand Palais Sale
Bonhams, Paris, France
TypeCar
Lot Number582
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price€37500
Hammer Price (inc premium)€43125
Year1928
Condition rating2
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Mileage-
Chassis numberS241FP
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