Rolls-Royce 40/50 Phantom I Limousine

This particular Rolls Royce was a custom limousine built by Maythorn & Sons of Biggleswade, Bedfordshire

Rather than being bodied by Rippon, however, 53TC was sent to Maythorn & Sons of Biggleswade, Bedfordshire for an enclosed limousine body. Dunlop steel artillery wheels were fitted to special order, along with a 90 mph speedometer and Smiths eight-day clock. Maythorn & Sons were founded as carriage-builders in 1842, moving into motor car bodies early in the 20th century. Their impressive client list included the Prince of Wales and the Nizam of Hyderabad. Maythorn bodies most frequently appeared on Daimler and Minerva chassis, but Rolls-Royce and Bentley were also regular clients. The firm came under common ownership with Hooper in the mid-1920s, although the two always traded separately.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in May of 2010 at the Grimaldi Forum, Monaco.

40/50 hp, 7,668 cc overhead-valve six-cylinder engine, dual ignition with coil and magneto, four-speed manual gearbox, solid front axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs and live rear axle with cantilever leaf springs, four-wheel servo-assisted brakes. Wheelbase: 3,823 mm (150.5")

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Tom Wood

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