Obviously somehow it has been neglected that this year the Rolls-Royce
Phantom VI was celebrating its 50th Anniversary? Hard to fathom although
a fact is neither reports nor even some tiny notes were to be found e.g.
in publications of the clubs devoted to the marque. Perhaps that is a
reflection of the Phantom VI not being taken very much notice of in
general? However many do believe the Rolls-Royce Phantom VI is still the
ultimate luxury transport and consider none of the modern pretenders
Production did begin in 1968 though only two cars of the successor to
Rolls-Royce Phantom V were delivered that year; these were #PRH4180 in
November 1968 and #PRH4818 in December 1968. The factory themselves
didn't have their demonstrator #PRH1500 finished prior to November 1968;
the Prototype Phantom VI had been rebuilt from Phantom V #5VF83 and
somewhat confusingly was listed with "Delivery Date May 1969". Built by
exceptionally experienced craftsmen at Rolls-Royce’s Hythe Road factory
in London each of these cars – hallmarked as "the last real coachbuilt
cars" – was produced in a very time consuming process. From 1968 to 1991
merely 374 have been made.
The manufacturer's mainstream model from 1965 onward had been the
Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow featuring a modern monocoque chassis,
hydro-pneumatically operated disc brakes, independent suspension front
and rear etc. Compared to that the box-section chassis, all-drum brakes
with a gearbox-driven servo and leaf spring rear suspension of the
Rolls-Royce Phantom VI where relics from the era of the Silver Cloud.
That could be said of the coachwork's design, too. The Phantom VI was a
product for the exclusive niche of chauffeur-driven large cars fitted
with specialist coachbuilder bodies that had almost no limit as regards
a client's individual specifications.