Rolls-Royce 40/50 Phantom II Open Tourer

This particular Rolls Royce was built by H. Horsfield & Son of Halifax, Yorkshire.

Prominent among the coachbuilders indelibly linked with Rolls-Royce is Barker. The association began with chassis 60551 in 1907, the original Silver Ghost that eventually gave its name to the series, and continued until the post-World War II era. A favorite among the many Barker styles was the “barrel-side” tourer, so-called because its sheet metal bulged outward from the beltline in a contour that can only be considered pleasingly plump. As a result, the barrel-side tourer has become popular with latter day replicators of bodies.

Hermon Horsfield began trading in cars in 1948. Particularly fond of old Rolls-Royce automobiles, he began to collect them, in addition to buying and selling. He soon found his cars in demand for weddings, and the most requested style was the open tourer. Thus, Mr. Horsfield selected the Barker barrel-side as a pattern and built a number of replicas for his hire business. The family operates the enterprise today as Horsfields of Halifax.

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 and underslung live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel servo-assisted brakes. Wheelbase: 3,810 mm (150")

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Tom Wood

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