1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Stratford coupé
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.