1928 Rolls-Royce Phantom I

Trouville ex William Deering


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    95 PS / 70 kW / 94 BHP
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Engine 6 cylinder in-líne
Displacement 7.668 cc
Maximum power 95 HP
Maximum speed 145 km/h
Curb weight 2.608 kg
Coachwork type Trouville faux cabriolet by Brewster
Chassis number S183PR
Country of origin USA
Number built 1.290
Production span 1926-1931

In perfect condition. New block, pistons, and cylinder head.

A bit bigger and indeed more modern than the Silver Ghost, the Phantom I boasts similar undercarriage and mechanics. Its 6-cylinder engine is the work of a technical goldsmith. It consists of two twin blocks with individual aluminum crankcases, a seven-bearing crankshaft with vibration damper, and a unique detachable head with rod-driven overhead valves (two per cylinder) and twelve spark plugs. Thanks to its displacement of almost 7.7 liters, this engine delivers around 95 HP for a quiet 2,750 rpm. Power reaches the rear axle through a 3 or 4 speed gearbox fitted with disc clutch instead of the obsolete leather cone, which allows it to attain a maximum speed of 145 km/h.

Two of the three Springfield Rolls-Royces preserved in our collection bear consecutive chassis numbers: this one with Trouville Brewster body for five passengers (chassis 183, one of the 17 built) and its twin Saint Andrew (chassis 184). Both left the factory almost a century ago, and in the 1960s they were reunited in the hands of legendary Bill Harrah, Las Vegas casino mogul and probably the greatest American collector of all time. After Harrah's death, the cars became part of an important European collection of Phantom I until acquired by Grup Limousines.

The original owner was businessman William Deering Howe, of New York, heir to famous tractor manufacturer company John Deere (later International Harvester Company), art expert and generous patron. His family mansion in Biscayne Bay is today one of the best museums in the state of Florida. Deering resided in Paris, where he had the Rolls Royce for some time, and also in Sitges. In this coastal town, not far from Barcelona, he acquired and restored the famous Palau Maricel and maintained a long standing friendship with Catalan modernist artists Ramon Casas and Miquel Utrillo.