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Lot 225: Rolls-Royce Phantom VI Limousine

Important Collectors' Motorcars & Motorcycles, Bonhams (16 June 2012)

Rolls-Royce's in-house coachbuilder Park Ward Limited (later H J Mulliner, Park Ward) produced what was, in effect, the 'standard' seven-passenger limousine coachwork for the Phantom V. This timeless design would survive until 1990, being built in near-identical Phantom VI form from 1968, when separate air conditioning for front and rear compartments was standardised alongside the Silver Shadow-specification 6,230cc V8 engine. 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 incorporated into the rear compartment's cabinetwork was one of a host of options that also included electric windows. Phantom development tended to lag behind that of the contemporary 'Shadow range and it was not until 1978 that the model received the three-speed automatic transmission and 6.75-litre engine that had featured on the latter for many years. By this time the opulent Phantom VI - the final Rolls-Royce erected on a separate chassis frame - was being built to special order only, with prices 'on application'. Previously registered 'UYX 768S', the Phantom VI offered here was sold in April 1979 to its titled owner by Jack Barclay Ltd, which took his two-door Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow in part exchange. The accompanying purchase receipt records the colour scheme as Brewster Green with matching hide upholstery to the front compartment and William Playne cloth to the rear. The car's substantial history file contains correspondence and a large quantity of invoices for works carried out over the course of the last 30-plus years, the most significant of which relate to a repaint in the early 1990s and a complete engine rebuild undertaken at the Crewe factory in 2011 at a cost of almost 59,000. This most imposing and stately Rolls-Royce is offered with the aforementioned file of history, current road fund licence, MoT to May 2013 and Swansea V5 registration document.

Lot Details
Auction Important Collectors' Motorcars & Motorcycles
Bonhams, Oxford, UK
TypeCar
Lot Number225
Estimate£50000-£70000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£41000
Hammer Price (inc premium)£47150
Year1978
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Chassis numberPRH4868
Engine number4868
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