Rolls-Royce Springfield Phantom I

First introduced in 1925, the Rolls-Royce New Phantom (later known as the Phantom I) boasted an entirely new OHV six-cylinder engine displacing nearly 7.7 litres. In stock form, it developed 108 hp, a marked improvement over its predecessor. Its chassis, however, would remain the same as that of the Silver Ghost that preceded it and would continue until the introduction of the Phantom II in 1929. It carried on the use of spectral names for Rolls-Royces to come including the Wraith and Spirit. And once again, as a Rolls-Royce it was almost sinfully well-built. A three-year guarantee was provided with each Phantom sold, and the owner was admonished to return his or her car to the factory every 50,000 miles for dismantling and examination. Little wonder these cars were called the “Best in the World.” Phantom Is were all powered by a massive 7.7-litre straight six that the British motoring press reported as “essentially silent at 80mph.” Production of the Phantom I continued through 1931 at both the Rolls-Royce U.K. and U.S. plants; 2,212 were produced in England with another 1,241 Springfield models.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in May of 2011 at the Spazio Villa Erba, Cernobbio, Como.

7,668 cc overhead valve inline six-cylinder engine, two valves per cylinder with single overhead camshaft, four-speed manual gearbox, propeller shaft in torque tube to spiral-bevel rear axle, forged beam front axle with semi-elliptic leaf spring suspension, rear suspension by cantilever leaf springs, four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 3,660 mm (144")

Source: RM Auctions
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