Lot 623: Rolls-Royce Phantom VI Limousine
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. Now built by the combined firm of H J Mulliner, Park Ward Ltd, 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. Right-hand drive Phantom VI chassis number 'PRH4576' was originally registered in November 1969 to the Hanson Group before being reregistered in November '89 to a Mrs Maude McDougald. The current vendor purchased the Phantom in September 1996, since when it has undergone an extensive mechanical and body restoration to the highest standards, being refinished and extensively upgraded to his own specification. A comprehensive record of this renovation is available for inspection together with the car's previous service history. 'PRH4576' is finished in Harrods Green with golden basket weave to the side panels, while the interior is in green 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 only approximately 89,900 kilometres from new and comes with UK V5C document (for the registration number 'YUU 100H') and a comprehensive history file containing numerous invoices.
Grand Palais Sale|
Bonhams, Paris, France
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||€74750|
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