Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Drophead Coupe
The development of Rolls-Royce Continental models is quite interesting. In September 1930, Rolls-Royce designer Ivan Evernden toured the Continent in a smart new Phantom II sports saloon. This car had been built on Henry Royce’s directions, starting with a Riley Monaco saloon as a pattern and scaled up for the PII chassis. The spare tires were moved to the rear, and the wings were flared with their undersides exposed. Fitted with a sunshine roof, it was painted in pale saxe blue and finished with an early metallic-like clear coat made with fish scales. Evernden managed a last-minute entry in a concours d’elegance at Biarritz and came home with the Grand Prix d’Honneur. The car generated quite a buzz and considerable orders, sufficient for the factory to prepare a brochure for a Continental model, which was ready by the time Evernden returned home.
The second Continental prototype was bodied by Park Ward, and Royce was very pleased. A close relationship between the two firms resulted, but Park Ward by no means had the monopoly on Continental bodies. Others were built by Hooper and some, like this car, by Freestone & Webb.
Part of the RM Auctions event at the Syon House in June, 2011 and in London, October, 2012.
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: 144".
Source: RM Auctions
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