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Car of the Month - March  2002
Rolls-Royce Phantom I
Open Tourer by Windovers, 1926, #6YC

Rolls-Royce Phantom I

Rolls-Royce factory documents show that this Phantom I had been commissioned by the Rajah of Nanpara. His Highness decided the task to design and produce the body for this car should be entrusted to Windovers. This coachbuilder enjoyed a fine reputation and had a large clientele among the Indian Princes. Hence this was not the first time for Windovers to tackle the challenge of combining the perfection of a Rolls-Royce motor car and the preferences of an Indian Maharajah.

Rolls-Royce Phantom I

The company had been founded in 1796, during the coachbuilding era in the true sense of the word. The change from carriage to coachwork on motor car chassis was so successful, that during the early 20ies a factory at Colindale, near London, was acquired. That was the place, where the body on this Phantom I took shape; polished aluminium throughout and the petrol tank, frame, etc. were painted aluminium.

Rolls-Royce Phantom IThe „razor edge“ waistline is remarkable as outstandingly fine workmanship because it is rather difficult to form a panel appropriately without any break that, of course, would ruin the piece. It should be noted too, that there are no outward door hinges. - Though no doubt this doesn't indicate false modesty.




This car nowadays is in the custody of a true enthusiast. 
It is part of Hans-Guenter Zach's collection (see

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