1929 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II DROPHEAD COUPE
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1929 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II DROPHEAD COUPE

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1929 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM II DROPHEAD COUPE
COACHWORK BY JENSEN HOJRUP

Chassis No. 71 XJ
Engine No. VL75

Black and white coachwork with green leather interior and black soft top

Engine: six cylinder, 7,668cc, 120bhp at 2,750rpm; Gearbox: four speed manual; Suspension: solid axle, semi-elliptic leaf springs; Brakes: four wheel drum. Right hand drive.

The Rolls-Royce Phantom II is considered by many authorities of pre-war Rolls-Royces to be the best the marque ever built. It had the classic lines that said luxury and performance all in one. The Phantom II was made from 1929 to 1935 during which time some 1,767 were produced. It was the last of the 'Big Six' models and was considered the finest achievement of the master, Sir Frederick Henry Royce. The engine actually grew out of the six used in the Phantom I, but was improved before Royce's death with an aluminum cylinder head and revised manifold layout. In the Phantom II, the cantilever springs of the Phantom I were replaced by supple semi-elliptic rear springs. The chassis was lower and so in turn was the center of gravity, weight was reduced and the steering was much improved. The Phantom II also had centralized chassis lubrication and twin ignition systems, one by coil and battery and the other by magneto, firing six plugs each. The majestic Rolls-Royce radiator and low drive train provide a superb platform for elegant coachwork and many coachbuilders across the globe bodied the Phantom II in a variety of styles.

Courtesy of the Rolls-Royce factory archives, we are able to identify that the example offered here was ordered on 28th September 1929 in chassis form by a Mr. Carl Petersen of Copenhagen, Denmark. It is also noted that the car was sent immediately to Paris where it was to be bodied by Carrosserie Kellner of Paris, intended to adorn a Sedanca style body. It appears that the car was not finished until October 1930 by which time it was shipped to Denmark for use. It then remained in the ownership of Mr. Peterson until after the War when he sold it to fellow Dane, Ebbe Svenson in August 1951. He kept the car until March 1956 when it was sold (again within Denmark) to Fred Krag of Charlottelund. It is believed to be within this ownership that the car was treated to the body by Jensen Hojrup that it retains to this day. In 1959 the Phantom II was then sold to Ernst Granzow from Klampenborg and it is not known how long he owned it. At present it is not known if the car was already in the USA when the current vendor's father purchased the car in 1974 for the Phantom II to join his already impressive stable of motor cars. The car had been enjoyed regularly until 1985, at which time it was put into storage (importantly all fluids were drained to ensure no long-term damage per Rolls-Royce instructions). Though having not run for some 20 years now, the vendor informs us that it will be operational by the time of sale.

A very long hood with graceful, flowing fenders and elegant treatment to the roofline, this later-bodied Phantom II is a very attractive car of fine proportions. When recently inspected, the overall condition appears to be in keeping with the limited but continued use (prior to storage) and highly original from the period when the current body was fitted. In light of this, the car is regarded as needing sympathetic refurbishment in order to make it presentable as one of the finest motor cars, a classic to be enjoyed once more.

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