Lot 331

Monaco 2012

1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Roadster


€156,800 EUR | Sold

Monaco | Monaco, Monaco



Chassis No.
130 XJ
Engine No.
IY 65

40/50 bhp, 7,668 cc OHV aluminium head inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual gearbox, front and rear semi-elliptical suspension, and four-wheel mechanical drum brakes with servo assist. Wheelbase: 150"

• Formerly part of the Hooper Corporate Collection

• Rolls-Royce Foundation documentation

• Attractive two seat coachwork by Brockman

Following Rolls-Royce tradition, the Phantom II débuted in 1929 as an evolutionary replacement for its predecessor, retrospectively known as the Phantom I. However, the Phantom II was, in fact, a radical redesign, with its lowered ride height and drastically reduced maintenance requirements immediately apparent.

Chassis 130XJ was delivered to Barker & Company, Ltd., by road, on 1 March, 1930. According to Rolls-Royce Foundation records, instructions specified the installation of springs for a Pullman Limousine deVille to be “used for extensive Continental touring”, and silver-plated fittings, including the radiator shutters.

It is unknown exactly when this right-hand drive, long-wheelbase car was fitted with new coachwork, reputed to have been constructed by Dick Brockman & Company of Reading, United Kingdom, a small coach builder that primarily bodied Rolls-Royce and Bentley automobiles between 1924 and 1937. The remarkable body is of solid copper – polished and not painted.

The Phantom’s ownership roster includes James C. Leake, Oklahoma (1973), Michael L. Shinn, Colorado (1982) and noted Rolls-Royce collector Millard W. Newman, Florida (1986), from whom it was acquired by the Hooper Corporate Collection. It is believed to be the only Rolls-Royce ever produced with solid copper bodywork. Prior to acquisition by the current owner, the original engine was totally rebuilt, including new cylinder heads, at a cost exceeding $50,000. Since then, the top end of the engine was overhauled, the hood cover was renewed, the Auto-Vac was completely rebuilt and the brakes were overhauled, along with considerable electrical work. The Phantom II has been used frequently over long distances, and it will, in fact, be driven from Northern Ireland to Monte Carlo for the auction! Handsome, one-of-a-kind and well maintained for touring, it is downright stunning!