Rolls-Royce Phantom II
The New Phantom, as Rolls-Royce originally called the Phantom I, differed from its predecessor, the Silver Ghost, mainly in its engine. An overhead valve unit of 7,668 cc, it incorporated a removable cylinder head, latterly of aluminium. It remained, then, for the Phantom II introduced in 1929 to make chassis improvements, which it duly did.
The Phantom II chassis sat much lower, and semi-elliptic springs were used all around, with the rear axle underslung. Central lubrication was fitted, and the engine was up-rated with new combustion chambers and manifold improvements.
It could also be described as a two-passenger coupé. Fitted with landau irons as ornamentation, the car is devoid of side-mount spares, using instead a vertical single tyre at the rear.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in October of 2011 at the Battersea Evolution, London.
40/50 hp, 7,668 cc overhead valve six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual gearbox, solid front axle and live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel servo-assisted brakes. Wheelbase: 3,810 mm.
Source: RM Auctions