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the Month - June 1999
Rolls-Royce Phantom I, 1926,#110SC
Limousine by Windovers
choice is a Rolls-Royce Phantom I, Limousine by Windovers. There
is a good reason to add an old advertisement to this Car of the Months
illustrations. It does help to answer a question, which has been asked repeatedly, i.e.
whether this coachbuilders name is WINDOVER or WINDOVERS with an S. The October 1934
advert informs that either name can be used, as it states the Windover
Coachwork as having been created by Windovers.
Windovers Ltd. in their company records listet the job to produce a limousine for this
Rolls-Royce Phantom I with Job No. 7020. The task was finished in May 1926 and the
Body-No. 5283 attached. Numbers in the 5000s indicate the body was made at
Windovers factory in Colindale near London. The company looked back to a founding
date in 1796 when work on horse-drawn vehicles had started and then premises in Huntingdon
had been set up. Coachbuilding for motor cars commenced at Huntingdon, though body numbers
were listed in the 2000s.
The Rolls-Royce Phantom I had made ist debut as successor to
the legendary Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost about a year ago, in 1925,
and the models designation war Rolls-Royce New Phantom. Not before the later
introduction of the Rolls-Royce Phantom II the company decided to
re-christen the New Phantom as Rolls-Royce Phantom I. The major improvement of the new
model in comparison to the aged Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost was a more powerful engine of
7,668 cc capacity, which provided some 120 hp. The six cylinder engine like that of ist
predecessor still showed two separate cylinder blocks with three cylinders each, but now
push-rod operated valves were located in a one-piece detachable cylinder head. The chassis
though didnt differ significantly from that of the previous model, not at least
documented by the fact, that the Rolls-Royce factory fitted Phantom engines into several
Silver Ghost chassis and re-numbered these as Rolls-Royce Phantom I (UMC-series).