1928 Rolls-Royce Phantom I

Brewster Saint Andrew Springfield

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1928
  • Car type 
    Saloon
  • Chassis number 
    S184PR
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Restored
  • Interior colour 
    Blue
  • Number of doors 
    4
  • Number of seats 
    more
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Black
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Performance 
    71 kW / 97 PS / 95 BHP
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

Rolls Royce Spingfield Phantom I. Restored, engine rebuilt with new cylinder block, new pistons and new cylinder head.

HISTORY:

According to motor historian Paul Woudenberg, the American Rolls "never failed, and if regular maintenance and due lubrication were followed it could have virtually unlimited life." Probably it may sound exaggerated for a luxury car but the Phantom I turned out to be very trustworthy. Suspension with springs and friction dampers (then hydraulic), and a servo assistance on the transmission braking system allowed it to run with no trouble on dirt roads.

With its impressive dimensions (5.5 meters long and 3.7 wheelbase) it was the flagship of Rolls Royce of America until the appearance in 1929 of its successor Phantom II. However, very high production costs and the severe economic crisis caused by the Wall Street crash in 1929 would determine that it was only manufactured in the United Kingdom.

This unit with Brewster Saint Andrew body type for seven passengers (chassis 184, one of the 29 built) is the third Rolls-Royce Springfield in our collection. It left the factory almost a century ago following the Trouville (chassis 183), and in the 60s they were reunited in the hands of the legendary Bill Harrah, casino mogul of Las Vegas and perhaps greatest American collector of all time. After his death they became part of a large European collection of Phantom I until its acquisition by Grup Limousines.

The first owner was a famous journalist, Oscar Odd McIntyre, a daily contributor to the New York Times. For a quarter of a century, his column entitled "New York Day by Day" was published in more than 400 newspapers in the United States, Mexico and Canada. McIntyre, who received three thousand letters from his readers every week, was one of the highest-paid journalists of the time, earning more than $ 200,000 a year, and was also the best-dressed person in New York, it was said. His driver took him everywhere in the Rolls-Royce, which often used to remain parked in front of the luxurious Hotel Majestic.