Amelia Island | Lot 143
1928 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Étoile Town Car by Hibbard & Darrin
$335,000 USD | Sold
| Amelia Island, Florida
9 March 2018
- Offered from a prominent private collection
- A striking special town car by Hibbard & Darrin
- Exceptional restoration by marque specialists
- Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) Full Classic
Parisian coachbuilders Hibbard & Darrin produced only 35 bodies for the American-built “Springfield” Rolls-Royce Phantom I chassis. Among them was this sumptuous and well-proportioned town car, known as the Étoile, built to their patented Silentlyte method with aluminum coachwork. It was delivered on 10 November 1928 to Miss Vivian Reilly of New York City.
The car was subsequently owned by Mrs. Selina E. Summerfield, a resident of the Ritz Tower in Manhattan, and remained in the city for many years. Its first enthusiast owner appears to have been E.H. Stroh, in whose ownership it was featured in the 1956 film, The Eddy Duchin Story, with Tyrone Power. It was later acquired by E.M. McCarrell of Pennsylvania.
The current owner, a well-known Midwestern collector, purchased the well-preserved Phantom I in the early 21st century, and commissioned a thorough restoration to its original majesty by Glen and Randy Hatcher of Cambridge, Ohio, and by marque specialists, including Steve Littin and Brian Joseph. This work included a new leather top and beautifully appointed interior, as original; correctly finished interior trim; and chrome wire wheels (as original, versus the nickel trim that had largely been discontinued by 1928). Beautifully finished per the original specifications, including a new clutch and radiator from Littin, it was awarded Most Elegant Car at the 2010 Glenmoor Gathering in Canton, Ohio.
An exceptionally elegant and attractive Phantom I, this beautifully appointed automobile would be a superb addition to any Classic Rolls-Royce collection.