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the Month - March 99
Rolls-Royce Phantom II, #178SK, 1934, Barker Limousine
| Presumably nowhere in this world there will be a chance to get a fine
Rolls-Royce motor car for less money than this one - DM10 (ca. US$6, £4) will do. Even
those lucky few, who did inherit a vintage Rolls-Royce following the demise of a wealthy
relative, had to face a higher amount for the taxes which were due then. The Rolls-Royce
Phantom II, chassis no. 178SK, had been donated by its owner to a charity in Germany
LEBENSHILFE GIESSEN e.V. In 1999 this Rolls-Royce had been a main attraction in a raffle open to anyone who
spent DM10 (or more) - and in November 1999 the car went to the home of
its fortunate new owner.
The Rolls-Royce Phantom II is considered
by many experts as the very epitome of F. Henry Royce's work. It is the last model created
under the supervision of the grand old man himself down to the most tiny detail. Sir Henry
died in 1933. The Phantom II had been introduced in 1928 and did become a fine success for
Rolls-Royce despite serious problems caused by the world economy having taken a severe
downturn during that period. The spacious limousine body for this Rolls-Royce was built by
Barker. The coachbuilder, founded in 1710, created horsedrawn carriages of exceptional
quality; a few found their way into the Royal Mews. Barker enjoyed a fine reputation and
their connection with Rolls-Royce already had started during the pre-Silver Ghost period.
Coachwork by Barker was a combination of elegant design and perfect workmanship, simply
the best money could buy. It was exactly what the noble clientele did demand.
Almost without exception Rolls-Royce owners were among the well-heeled and never
considered to spare either when investing in a motor car nor when maintaining it. This
Rolls-Royce Phantom II, #178SK, did benefit from tender loving care during its whole
lifetime - so the lucky chap who did win this car got a real gem of a
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