Main Index


Each Model ever

Special Cars...

Cars of 1998
Cars of 1999
Cars of 2000
Cars of 2001
Cars of 2002
Cars of 2003
Cars of 2004
Cars of 2005
Cars of 2006
Cars of 2007
Cars of 2008
Cars of 2009
Cars of 2010
Cars of 2011

Car of the Month

More Books:

Rossfeldt: Rolls-Royce and Bentley / From the Dawn of the 20th Century into the new Millennium




Car of the Month - August 2022
Rolls-Royce Phantom I, 1925, #84MC
Cabriolet by Alexis Kellner


Rolls-Royce Phantom I

The Rolls-Royce Phantom I, #84MC, was the first automobile from the "Rolls-Royce New Phantom" model series - that was later generally referred to as the Phantom I - to be supplied to a customer in Germany. The delivery of #84MC dates back to June 1925. One month later the Phantom I, #64MC, that as per succession of chassis-numbers had been an earlier car was registered for Heinz Saltenburg in Germany after having received  limousine coachwork by Erdmann & Rossi, Berlin. e.

Information from the literature for the Rolls-Royce Phantom I, #84MC, reads that it had been coachbuilt by a 'German Coachbuilder'; however any further details are missing. This was due to the fact that such details were not available from the Chassis Cards either, i.e. had not been entered in the manufacturer's factory records. There can be found though information that allows more than mere speculation; offered is substance for a conclusively founded assumption.

The Rolls-Royce was imported into Germany by the Berlin car dealership Karl A. Klein & Geo Seb. Roche GmbH, Hauptstr. 81-82, Berlin Friedenau (agent for Fiat, Steyr and AGA cars). According to Rolls-Royce factory documents, Karl A. Klein was their authorized dealer for Germany at that time.

Rolls-Royce Dealer 1925

Top of Page  


The "Chassis Cards" of Rolls-Royce state "For Personal use of Director Klein". Karl A. Klein in turn held (as did his partner Geo Seb. Roche) a block of shares in the coachbuilding company Alexis Kellner AG, Berlin, and was listed as one of the members of the supervisory board there, too. This gives good reasons to assume that a Rolls-Royce Phantom I delivered to Karl A. Klein received its bodywork from the company with which close commercial relations existed.

As a significant reference to the Berlin-based coachbuilder Alexis Kellner can also be seen an accessory that has not been standard on Rolls-Royce. Mounted on the steering wheel is what was called 'Kellnerscher Signalring' later common for many decades as 'horn ring' on automobile from a wide range of manufacturers in various countries.

Rolls-Royce Phantom I

In any case, an entry in several books published to date on Rolls-Royce (e.g. "Rolls-Royce, The Derby Phantoms" by Lawrence Dalton, Paulerspury, UK, 1991) has to be corrected. Because "Elschner" is noted there as name of the first owner, meaning Privy Councillor Curt Elschner, owner of the Hotel Excelsior in Berlin (listed also as owner of the Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost, #61RM, Single Convertible by Windovers; imported in February 1926 via K.A. Klein & G.S. Roche, Berlin). It is correct that Geheimrat Curt Elschner acquired from Karl A. Klein at a later date  that gentleman's Rolls-Royce Phantom I, #84MC; consequently he was not the first owner but the 2nd owner of this Phantom I.


(©) Copyright 1997-2022 K.-J. Roßfeldt / Information on this site is for viewing and personal information only. Information and photos are protected by copyright. Any unauthorized use or reproduction of material from this site without written permission is strictly prohibited. Infringement of copyright will rise to both civil law remedies and criminal penalties.
Comments and support to: archives webmaster          Url: