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Rolls-Royce - The Post-War Phantoms IV, V, VI

Rolls-Royce Phantom IV
(1950 - 1956)

Rolls-Royce Phantom IV, 1952, #4AF18. H.J.Mulliner cabriolet
Rolls-Royce Phantom IV, 1952, #4AF18. H.J.Mulliner cabriolet to the order of H.E. General Franco of Spain. (Photo courtesy Andrew Pastouna)

The most exclusive Rolls-Royce ever was the R-R Phantom IV. Delivery strictly to heads of states and members of ruling Royal families limited the production to a mere 18 cars - of which the experimental car later was reduced to produce. With a powerful 8 cylinder in-line engine fitted into a strengthened and lengthened Silver Wraith frame the car was capable of performing from walking pace on ceremonial occasions to a top speed in excess of what most sports cars of that time could offer. With the exception of one body by the French firm of Franay the Phantom IVs received coachwork from either H.J. Mulliner or Hooper.


Technical Data:
8 cylinder in-line engine; cast iron cylinder block, bore x stroke 88.9 x 114.3 mm (3 1/2 x 4 1/2 in), capacity 5,675 cc; aluminium alloy cylinder head, Stromberg carburettor; single dry plate clutch, 4-speed gearbox (from 1954 4-speed automatic gearbox standard); hypoid bevel final drive; independent front suspension with coil springs, semi-elliptic rear springs; drum brakes servo-assisted; wheelbase 3,683 mm (145 in); tyre size 8.00 x 17

Rolls-Royce Phantom IV, 1954, #4BP5, Hooper State Landaulette
Rolls-Royce Phantom IV, 1954, #4BP5, Hooper State Landaulette just after completion. Rolls-Royce had kept this car for the exclusive use of the British Sovereign. In 1959 it was eventually purchased by the Royal Mews. (Photo courtesy Rolls-Royce Ltd.)


No. made:
18 Rolls-Royce Phantom IV (including one experimental car)

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