Rolls-Royce Phantom I

The Phantom was the replacement for the original Silver Ghost. The Phantom I is the second model in the 40/50 hp line. It was originally and even now correctly referred to as New Phantom. (The long production previous model, in numbers and number of production years, was the 40/50 hp model known affectionately after the most famous Barker bodied Reg No AX-201 as the "Silver Ghost". Other 40/50 chassis were also given names such as Silver Rogue etc. too). So to differentiate that now there was a new 40/50 hp model the word New was prefixed to the Phantom name. With the introduction of the third 40/50 hp model named Phantom II, the New Phantom name caused confusion so it was called, retrospectively and perhaps without official sanction, Phantom-I.

Aluminum was substituted for cast iron in the cylinder heads in 1928, and proved to be the Achilles heel, plagued with corrosion problems. The separate gearbox connected through a rubberized fabric flexible coupling to the clutch and through a torque tube enclosed drive to the differential at rear, just like the Ghost.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August of 2011 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.

40/50 hp, 7,668 cc OHV inline six-cylinder engine, dual ignition with coil and magneto, three-speed manual gearbox, solid front axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs and live rear axle with cantilever leaf springs, and four-wheel servo-assisted brakes. Wheelbase: 146.5"

Source: RM Auctions; Wikipedia, 2011
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