Rolls-Royce 40/50 Phantom I Open Tourer

First introduced in 1925, the Rolls-Royce New Phantom (later known retrospectively as the Phantom I) boasted an entirely new overhead-valve, six-cylinder engine displacing nearly 7.7 litres. In stock form, it developed 40/50 hp (40 taxable and 50 actual hp). Its chassis, however, would remain essentially the same as that of the Silver Ghost that preceded it and would continue until the introduction of a new chassis with the Phantom II in 1929. It also carried on the use of spectral names for Rolls-Royce models to come, including the Wraith and Spirit.

Once again, as a Rolls-Royce, the New Phantom was almost sinfully well built. A three-year guarantee was provided with each Phantom sold, and the owner was admonished by Rolls-Royce to return his or her car to the factory every 50,000 miles for dismantling and examination. Little wonder these cars were, and continue to be called, the “Best in the World.”

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

40/50 hp, 7,668 cc inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual gearbox, four-wheel live axle suspension with semi-elliptic leaf springs front, cantilever springs rear, and four-wheel, servo-assisted brakes.

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Tom Wood

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