1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Huntington Sedanca de Ville Coachwork by Brewster Registration no. DS 8098 Chassis no. S324LR
Like its Silver Ghost predecessor, the New Phantom was also produced by Rolls-Royce of America Incorporated, a subsidiary set up in December 1919 when the parent company purchased the American Wire Wheel Company's plant in Springfield, Massachusetts. Unlike its British-built counterpart, the American product could be ordered with 'factory' bodywork, usually by Brewster, builders of coachwork of the highest quality, which had been taken over by Rolls-Royce in December 1925.
Chassis number '324LR' started life with an Avon touring sedan body by Brewster, which was swapped for the Huntington limousine body from '150LR' in 1937. Copy chassis cards on file record the body swap and list the first owner as one S M Shoenberg (from 23rd April 1930).
Various subsequent owners in the USA are listed, while the Phantom's first recorded UK custodian is one P H Graham of Dorset in the early 1990s. The Rolls-Royce was first registered in the UK on 26th July 1989. It is understood that Mr Graham then embarked on a long-term full restoration, and it seems quite likely that the Huntington limousine body was converted to its present Sedanca de Ville configuration at around that time.
The current vendor acquired the Rolls-Royce in 2014 and earlier this year had the engine rebuilt, including new pistons, by David Wall Vintage & Classic Cars of Hoveton, Norfolk (see bill for circa £6,000 on file).
This most elegant motor car is finished in cream over black and has been reupholstered with cream cloth to the passenger compartment and cream leather to the front. Separated from the front compartment by a glass sliding division, the passenger compartment is generously equipped with two forward-facing occasional seats. Other noteworthy features of this most imposing automobile include twin-blade bumpers; 'fishtail' exhaust embellisher; rear-view mirror; twin side-mounted spare wheels; Spirit of Ecstasy mascot; CAV diver's helmet-style rear lamps; red 'R-R' radiator badge; and a useful luggage carrier and trunk. Offered with a V5C Registration Certificate and a history file.