|Model :||Phantom II|
|Body Type :||Sedanca de Ville|
|Colour :||Black and Ivory|
|Trim :||Black Leather Piped Cream|
|Condition :||Good condition|
|Technical Data :||Four speed manual gearbox, 6 cylinder in-line engine, 7,688cc capacity. Servo-assisted four wheel brakes.|
1929 saw the arrival of the Rolls-Royce Phantom II which set new standards for others to follow. It was a vehicle specifically designed with the chauffeur driven passenger in mind. At the time the only home-produced rival to compare with the Phantom II was the Bentley 8 Litre, which was a faster vehicle but was thought to be far less chauffeur friendly, with considerably heavier steering and a gearbox which was more difficult to operate. The vast majority of the 1,400 or so Phantom II chassis that were produced between 1929 and 1935 were fitted with four door saloon style coachwork, ideal for a chauffeur and his passengers. However, a select few were fitted with more stylish coachwork such as Chassis No 96GY which was completed in early 1931. It was fitted with a unique sedanca de ville body by Windovers for Lord Portarlington, the chairman of Windovers at the time. It was displayed at the Earls Court Motor Show later that year and featured in the press coverage of the event at the time. It was originally finished in two tone green with black leather piped white as per Lord Portarlingtons request. In 1932 the car was supplied by Windovers to a customer who resided at the Claridges hotel in London. It remained in the capital until 1943 when it was sold to Mr David Oxley of Lancashire where it remained for several years. The car was then owned by Mr John E Clarke of Bournemouth. It was last sold in 1980 and has remained with the same family ever since. The history file documents works and maintenance dating back to the 1970’s with the most recent and significant works being an engine overhaul in 2010. This unique design features a central division that is operated by a window lift, the glass when lowered sits behind the front seat squab allowing greater leg room for passengers in the rear compartment. The rear seats fold forward to allow access to a storage area, big enough for cases for touring. Chassis No 96GY comes complete with copy chassis cards, build sheets and history dating back to the 1970s. This elegant and stylish Rolls-Royce has numerous attractive features and will serve its next owner very well.
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