The State of Singapore received independence as part of the Federation
of Malaya in 1959; since having left the Federation in 1965 the state
exists as a sovereign entity. Previously it had been a colony of the
British Empire, listed as Straits Settlements until 1946. The Governor of
Singapore had use of a Rolls-Royce Phantom III
which was replaced in 1954 by a one-off Hooper State Landaulette on the Rolls-Royce
Silver Wraith Chassis.
& Co. in London had been commissioned in 1953 to build the body on
Chassis No #BLW92 (from the Silver Wraith models series with 4,566ccm
engines); Hooper's body number was 10008. This one was erected to design
no. 8403 and featured a standard holder above the windscreen, an internal
telephone, a radio-telephone, etc.. Alas, Hooper's „Coachbuilder's
File" on this job is missing, hence it can't be verified that the
seats were trimmed in „Rexine" plastic because that was considered
to be termite-proof (sic!). The same reason resulted in massive teakwood
(oiled, not lacquered!) ordered for dashboard, separation, door cappings
chassis was returned from Hooper & Co. for strengthening at the
Rolls-Royce's factory at Crewe with rear springs substituted by stronger
ones too. The weight of the completed car exceeded 46cwt. On 7th August
1954 the Rolls-Royce Silver Wraith was shipped to Singapore and the
following years saw it employed on a variety of official duties.
Later the car
returned to Europe and came into the custody of the late Andrew M.
Pastouna. He had the car restored to an almost unbelievable fine standard.
The interior was retrimmed with cloth specially woven to his order by
Winterbothom, Strachan & Payne. The hammered leather for the roof's
collapsible rear partition was ordered from Connolly Bros. because that
company had delivered the original material too, though several decades
ago. The restoration having been finished Andrew M. Pastouna used the
Rolls-Royce for long distance tours over the Continent.