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Lot 622: Rolls-Royce Phantom V Limousine

Grand Palais Sale, Bonhams (7 February 2013)

Introduced in 1959, 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. Built on a much modified and strengthened Silver Cloud II chassis, the new Phantom measured over 6 metres (19' 6") 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 stable-mates, 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 often 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. Left-hand drive Phantom V chassis number '5LVA85' was bought new in 1963 by celebrated car collector, the late Bill Harrah, remaining in his ownership until 1975 when it was purchased by Mrs Alice C Tyler of Beverley Hills, California. Rolls-Royce of Beverley Hills maintained the car during Mrs Tyler's ownership. The current vendor purchased the Phantom at the Pebble Beach auction in August 1993, since when it has undergone a full mechanical and body restoration to the highest standards, being refinished and extensively upgraded to his own specification. A comprehensive record of this renovation is on file. The car is finished in blue with golden basket weave to the side panels, while the interior is trimmed in matching leather with the Harrods logo on the headlining. Interior equipment includes a television, video player, analogue fax machine, telephones (x3), wine cooler and a cocktail cabinet. Expertly maintained in house regardless of cost, this unique and imposing limousine has covered 73,800 miles from new and comes with UK V5C document (for the registration number 'KGJ 284A') and a comprehensive history file containing numerous invoices. It should be noted that the exhaust is a little smoky.

Lot Details
Auction Grand Palais Sale
Bonhams, Paris, France
Lot Number622
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price€85000
Hammer Price (inc premium)€97750
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Chassis number5LVA85
Engine number5LVA85
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