1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Strat­ford coupé

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - BUYING & SELLING -

Rolls-Royce’s Amer­i­can ven­ture saw some fine-look­ing models rolling out of its plant in Spring­field, Mas­sachusetts. 2944 cars were built be­tween 1921 and 1931, of which 1241 were Phantom Is. Launched in 1926, the first-model Phantom used a 7.7-litre straight six en­gine, and that large-sized, torque-laden unit has found lat­ter day ap­peal with his­toric rally en­thu­si­asts. Bon­hams’ car, which was bod­ied by Brew­ster, was orig­i­nally sold to Dwight F Davis, who founded the Davis Cup ten­nis tour­na­ment, and it later spent 50 years in a mu­seum. Im­ported in 2008 and re­stored by Wil­daea Restora­tions at a cost of £170,000, a fur­ther £70,000 was spent at Rolls-Royce spe­cial­ist, Alpine Ea­gle. Fol­low­ing ex­pert per­pa­ra­tion for his­toric ral­ly­ing, it has since taken part in sev­eral long-dis­tance his­toric ral­lies, in­clud­ing the Pek­ing to Paris, Casablanca Chal­lenge and the Fly­ing Scots­man. Fea­tur­ing nu­mer­ous me­chan­i­cal up­grades and said to be main­tained to a high stan­dard, it re­ally shouldn’t be passed over by any suit­ably wealthy rally en­thu­si­ast.

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