Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Drophead Sedanca

The Rolls-Royce Phantom II was the last model designed by Henry Royce prior to his death in 1933. Introduced in September 1929, it replaced the New Phantom, which we now retrospectively call “Phantom I.” The Phantom II differed from its predecessor both in its appearance and in its chassis, although the OHV 7,668-cc engine remained much the same. The Phantom I’s cantilever rear springs were replaced by semi-elliptics, and the chassis rode much lower. The gearbox was now mounted directly to the engine but retained right-hand gear change; synchromesh gears were introduced for the top two speeds. Central chassis lubrication, used for some years by the American Rolls-Royce operation in Springfield, Massachusetts, was adopted. In 1933, engine compression was raised, and the cars were given adjustable shock absorbers that could be controlled from the steering column.

J. Gurney Nutting founded his coachbuilding firm in 1919 and quickly gained a reputation for excellent quality. The first work for Rolls-Royce was a Sedanca DeVille in 1925, a car so influential that many notable clients placed orders, among them the three sons of King George V, two of whom would later become King. A particularly handsome 1930s style was the Drophead Sedanca Coupe, a variation combining the Fixed-Head Coupe and Sedanca Coupe bodies built on both the Phantom II and the smaller 20/25 chassis.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in March of 2011 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida.

40/50 hp, 7.6L overhead-valve six-cylinder engine, dual ignition with coil and magneto, four-speed manual transmission, solid front axle and underslung live rear axle, both with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel servo-assisted brakes. Wheelbase: 150"

Source: RM Auctions

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