Rolls-Royce Phantom II Newport Town Car

Rolls-Royce made the announcement in September 1929 that the Phantom I chassis would be discontinued. Following Sir Henry Royce’s staunch belief in evolution not revolution, the company decided it was time to replace the PI with a more refined, updated chassis and an improved engine with cross-flow cylinder head for better breathing. Rolls-Royce debuted this new chassis – known today as the Phantom II – the following month at the London Olympia Motor Show. With its underslung rear springs, a considerable reduction in ride height (on the order of nine inches) lent itself to more modern and sleek body designs.

Phantom II production spanned a relatively brief period of time, only six years between 1929 and 1935. In all, approximately 1,681 examples of the PII were produced. With the customer’s choice of coachwork from any of the leading firms, each individual car was highly distinctive and often tailor made to the buyer.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2010 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona and in October of 2010 at the Hershey Lodge, Hershey, Pennsylvania.

7,668 cc overhead valve inline six-cylinder engine with coil and magneto ignition, four-speed transmission, leaf spring and solid axle front suspension, leaf spring and live axle rear suspension, and four-wheel servo assisted brakes. Wheelbase: 144".

Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Doug Mitchel and Darin Schnabel

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