Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Tourer

The New Phantom, as Rolls-Royce originally called the Phantom I, differed from its predecessor, the Silver Ghost, mainly in its engine design. An overhead-valve unit of a mammoth 7,668 cc, it incorporated a removable aluminum cylinder head. The Phantom II, introduced in 1929, marked Henry Royce’s last design and introduced an improved chassis.

Much lower than its predecessors, the Phantom II chassis featured semi-elliptic leaf springs all around, adjustable shock absorbers and an underslung rear axle. Central lubrication was fitted, and the engine was uprated with new combustion chambers and improved manifolds, while the gearbox now offered synchronized third and top gears.

The much rarer, pricier and sportier Continental variant, however, was first available toward the end of 1930 and featured flatter springs than the saloons and limousines, with twin Hartford dampers on the front. The engine was modified with higher compression and a high-lift camshaft, and in concert with a higher-ratio rear axle, the Continental provided high-speed, long-distance touring capabilities in keeping with its name.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in June of 2011 at the Syon House, London.

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

Source: RM Auctions

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