Rolls-Royce Phantom I Tourer
In 1925, Rolls-Royce introduced the “New Phantom,” successor to the long-running Silver Ghost. Although the chassis was an evolution of the Ghost, the engine was new, with overhead valves and larger displacement of 7,668 cc. The New Phantom, later to be designated “Phantom I” after a Phantom II was introduced in 1929, was heavier than the Silver Ghost and performance suffered. To restore agility for the sporting customer, Rolls-Royce designer Ivan Evernden had coachbuilders Barker & Co. work up a light boattail tourer body style, an example of which exceeded 89 mph in the flying half-mile.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in June of 2011 at the Syon House, London.
40/50 hp, 7,668 cc overhead valve six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual gearbox, solid front axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs and live rear axle with cantilever leaf springs, four-wheel servo-assisted mechanical brakes. Wheelbase: 150".
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Pieter E. Kamp