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Car of the Month - January 2017
Rolls-Royce Phantom II, 1930, #109GY,
4-Door 4-Seater Tourer


 

Rolls-Royce Phantom II

To substitute original coachwork by new bodies has not been unusual on Rolls-Royce from the pre-war period. The high quality of technical components did permit to use a car for many years – though the coachwork was considered old-fashioned or simply didn't meet with the desire of a later owner. A considerable number of new bodies were built after a car had suffered from damage by accident or fire. There was another segment, too: commercial use. The cars were quite sought after for conversion into for fire engines or ambulances or hearses etc.

Rolls-Royce Phantom II

An ever increasing number of Rolls-Royce cars, that had started with rather heavy 4-door coachwork in the form of limousines or saloons were altered into open touring cars or cabriolets and thus given "a second lease of life". Research did reveal that the life of #109GY did run along such lines, too. The original coachwork no longer does exist. After interim years when employed for commercial purposes a later owner decided to arrange for an entirely new body to become fitted. He opted on a 4-door 4-seater open tourer and in that form the car was used for tours during the 1990s and well after Y2K. During those years the car was registered in The Netherlands – hence it cannot be excluded the open tourer coachwork had been put onto the chassis there; pure speculation though if it was even made by a Dutch coachbuilder. The owner invested painstaking care in keeping the car in fine fettle and a detailed file with documents is proof he ordered spare parts and service from suppliers and garages of high reputation. .

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The sturdy frame combined with exceptionally well made technical components make the Rolls-Royce Phantom II an almost ideal basis for a sporty open tourer. As regards the car’s interior one clever decision had been to move the front bench further rearward than it is usual for a chauffeur-driven car with division – and thus the desired result of ample legroom driver and front-seat passenger was achieved. This was not to the detriment of those occupying the rear seats; no chance to complain about restrictions as regards space in the rear passenger compartment. But one example of 'Attention to Detail' during the course of fitting the new body: The documentation on #109GY does contain a detailed description with exact measurements of a "Nickel Plated Perfect Condition Rear Auster Screen". Just that feature is found on the car mounted behind the separation. Thus passengers on the back seat enjoy from wind and inclement weather.

Rolls-Royce Phantom II