1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II
Three Position Drophead Coupe By Millard & Co
(Featured on 27th May 2013)
Registration: 772 XUY
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The year 1929 saw the introduction of the Phantom II.
There were a host of improvements over the Phantom I; the most important of which concerned the chassis layout. The separate gearbox torque-tube drive and cantilever rear springing gave way to the integral engine-gearbox unit, Hotchkiss drive, hypoid-bevel rear axle and semi-elliptic rear springs. The chassis was constructed with channel steel side-members and tubular cross-members. Fit and finish were, as to be expected, to the highest standards. Engine dimensions remained the same as the Phantom I at 4¼ x 5½ inches and displacing 7.6 litres. The overhead valve arrangement was retained but a new cylinder head was designed with intake and exhaust manifolds on opposite sides yielding greater performance. Dual ignition was continued with battery ignition on one side of the engine and magneto on the other, each with its own set of plugs. The Phantom II was built only at Derby and continued into 1935. These cars achieved an actual timed speed of 90mph with full equipment and relatively heavy enclosed coachwork, all beyond 2½ tons in weight. This was outstanding performance for a big car of that day.
184MY, according to chassis records, was first delivered to H. J. Mulliner for the fitting of its original coachwork, a close coupled saloon with division, whereafter it went to its lucky first owner, the 20's and 30's stage and screen star, Jack Buchanan. A hugely popular character at the time, he was often known to charter a train and take the whole cast of whatever he was currently starring in, down to watch the Grand National. Food, drink and a £5 'flutter' for everybody involved!
The body of this Phantom was an attractive one and was featured in Lawrence Dalton's 'Rolls-Royce, The Derby Phantoms'. In 1970, the body was replaced with the desirable three position drophead Coupé configuration by Millard & Co. of Harrow, Middlesex. Doubles spares were fitted to the rear and a more sporting coachwork was adopted. Shortly after that it was exported to America where, some years later in 1982, it was restored.
In 2002, Mr. Werner of Koln, Germany acquired 184MY and in 2011, it found its way back to the UK. It was later that same year that the vendor bought the car and set about re-commissioning it using marque specialists, Ghost Motors. They installed a new cylinder head, new valves, pistons, liners and white metal bearings. Indeed after a full engine rebuild, the mechanics were deemed sound. Presented in good condition throughout, this rakish Phantom sits atop chrome wire wheels and sports additional spot lights on the fenders and centre grill. The hood is in good order and comes with its own cover. With an interesting history and good condition throughout, this early Phantom presents well and runs beautifully.