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Sunday, October 11, 2009

1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Sedanca Coupe - Collector Car For Sale (Click Here)


Year : 1935
Make : Rolls-Royce
Model : Phantom II
Coachbuilder : Windovers
Body Type : Sedanca Coupe
Colour : Garnet and Burgundy
Trim : Burgundy Leather

History : 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 chauffer 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 chauffer 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 chauffer and his passengers. However a select few were fitted with more stylish coachwork, and in our opinion few came better than Chassis No 197TA which is fitted with a “special” sedanca coupe design by Windovers of Colindale North London. The TA series cars were some of the very last built (only approximately 40 UK series chassis proceeded the TA series cars) and this particular car benefits from synchromesh gears on not only third and fourth gear, but also second gear as well; an improvement that was introduced in 1935. Chassis No 197TA was supplied from Windovers Central London showroom in Conduit Street, Mayfair (they were authorised Rolls-Royce and Bentley agents at this time) to a Captain Francis Francis. We understand that the car became the property of European nobility and was restored to concours condition for them some twenty five years ago (restoration details to follow shortly) It has clearly been sparingly used in the ensuing years as it still presents beautifully in every respect. It became part of one of the world’s most significant collections of desirable automobiles in recent years and was on display in the United States until returning to London quite recently. Chassis No 197TA is fitted with twin side mounted spare wheels, vanity mirrors to the rear compartment and a luggage rack that attached to the rear of the car below the tail mounted trunk. This unique Phantom II presents and drives beautifully and comes highly recommended by all at Frank Dale & Stepsons.

Condition : An older restoration that has been sparingly used and still presents beautifully.
Technical Data : Four speed manual gearbox, 6 cylinder in-line engine, 7.7 litres displacement, 7,668cc capacity. Servo-assisted brakes.

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