Offered here is an exquisite Rolls Royce Phantom 1 adorned with some of the best looking coachwork ever offered on this chassis. Offered for a fraction of the cost necessary to execute a job like this it is an exceptional opportunity.
THE PHANTOM I YORK
Rolls-Royce’s ‘single model’ policy had proved an outstanding success for the company, but immediately after the end of The Great War the recession in the motor trade prompted the introduction of a smaller, cheaper 20hp car to be built alongside the existing 40/50hp Silver Ghost. Henry Royce’s new design incorporated a number of modern features such as overhead valve-gear for its six-cylinder engine, a center-change gearbox and ‘Hotchkiss drive’ rear axle, and the advanced newcomer’s arrival only served to emphasize the Silver Ghost’s Edwardian origins. However, the 45/50hp model would soon benefit from developments pioneered on its smaller sibling.
Introduced by Rolls-Royce in 1925 to replace the Silver Ghost, the New Phantom (retrospectively known as the Phantom I) boasted an entirely new overhead-valve six-cylinder engine displacing 7,668cc and, like the contemporary 20hp model, adopted a disc-type clutch and adjustable radiator shutters. Its chassis though, remained essentially the same as that of the later, four-wheel-braked Silver Ghost and would continue fundamentally unchanged until the arrival of the Phantom II in 1929 brought with it an entirely new frame.
Like its ‘Ghost’ predecessor, the New Phantom was also produced by Rolls-Royce of America Incorporated, a subsidiary set up in December 1919 when the parent company purchased the American Wire Wheel Company’s plant in Springfield, Massachusetts. Springfield commenced the manufacture of the New Phantom in 1926 and by the second half of 1929 production had risen to 12 cars per week. This would prove to be the high point of Rolls-Royce of America’s fortunes, the October ’29 Wall Street Crash and the introduction of the Phantom II – re-tooling for which the US company could not afford – signaling the beginning of its decline. The Phantom I was in production for only five years and the Derby-built models ran parallel with the Springfield cars but ended in 1929, whereas the Americans continued until 1931.
Unlike its British-built counterpart, the American product could be ordered with ‘factory’ bodywork, usually by Brewster, the latter company having been taken over by Rolls-Royce in December 1925. As well as manufacturing coachwork of the highest quality, Brewster had built its own automobiles from 1915 up to the time of its acquisition by Rolls-Royce, re-emerging as an auto-maker in its own right, using Ford chassis, when US Phantom production finally ceased in 1934 and the company became part of the reconstituted Springfield Manufacturing Corporation.
This beautifully restored Rolls Royce Phantom 1 wears exquisite coachwork in the style of the famous York roadster. Of all the bodies to be offered by Rolls Royce of America on the P1, the York is probably the most coveted. It is believed that only around three examples survive today and reside in some of the finest collections.
Noted marque specialists, Enfield Restorations in Enfield, Connecticut undertook the restoration and coach building. Shop owner John Abrahamson executed the project for his owner personal use and to display the shops extensive capabilities. Mr. Abrahamson attained an original York and did extensive measurements and patterning to ensure this car would be as close to the original in every way.
The project required extensive woodwork, panel beating and many special castings unique to these cars. The resulting body is stunning. With wonderful panel fit and quality indistinguishable for the original.
The rest of the car was restored to the same high level as the body. The idea was to have the car be fully show quality but also possess excellent touring performance. Don’t be fooled by its great looks and condition the York its road performance has been proven on numerous Rolls Royce club tours.
Finished in an attractive two-tone green color scheme and rolling on bright finish wheels with a tan cloth top. All associated top boots and side curtains are included.