Rolls-Royce Phantom I Tourer

Early Rolls-Royces were almost sinfully well built. A three-year guarantee was provided with each Phantom sold, and then, as now, they were the favorite motor cars of wealthy and discerning clients the world over. With the new overhead-valve engine introduced for the Phantom I, it is little wonder these cars were considered the best in the world. Phantom Is would be produced through 1931, all powered by this massive 7.7-litre, overhead-valve straight six that the British motoring press reported as “essentially silent at 80 mph.” Yet top speed was never a priority at Rolls-Royce. Underscoring this point, Henry Royce is believed to have said, “High speed is for people who drive other cars. In one of our cars, one isn’t risking one’s head.” The aim, of course, was to arrive comfortably and luxuriously in a car where attention to detail was paramount.

This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in June of 2011 at the Syon House, London.

93 hp, 7,668 cc OHV inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual gearbox, forged beam front axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, rear cantilever leaf springs, and four-wheel rod and cable-operated drum brakes. Wheelbase: 144"

Source: RM Auctions

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