Each wheel was affixed by 10 studs (standard on Rolls-Royce of the
post-war period were 5 studs) and the steel wheel rim was made to a design
that usually was found on trucks. This is a feature not to be found on any
other model from Rolls-Royce during the entire period after World War II.
Hence it is no folly idea to have a spare-rim “just in case”.
On this Sedanca de Ville the bootlid was executed in a form that it could be
fixed to offer space for extra-luggage. What remained as boot-capacity
behind a second bootlid still was sufficient to be compared to what is
offered nowadays by a compact sedan. There was a separate access to the
compartment where the spare wheel was stored by folding down the entire
panel incorporating the rear license plate. Once that was taken out another
trap-door was visible underneath which big-dimensioned tools were neatly
fitted. – Small tools were kept in drawer under the fascia's passenger side.
The interior was in red; leather, headlining, carpets and rear blind were
all in that colour, only the wooden accoutrements from polished French
walnut set an accent. The inner side of the shutter that enabled to cover a
part of the rear quarter windows was trimmed with red leather, too, and a
cut-glass mirror was fitted. The exterior side was covered in black and thus
this feature could not be recognized at a quick glance.
The years after World War II were rather austere in most countries of Europe
and the glamour of the wealthy couple living most of those years at their
villa at the Cote d’Azure was highly attractive for press and
newsreel-movies. Most certainly T.R.H. Aga Khan III. and his wife, The
Begum, at their time were among the most-photographed celebrities in the
world. – That said it is astonishing that despite certain research having
been invested on two points up to now sufficient details couldn’t be found:
Hitherto it has not been possible to obtain a colour photo (although such
photos most certainly are filed with various archives!) showing this car
with its original colour. This Rolls-Royce Phantom IV had been delivered in
dark green with a sideline in light green. – The toy car's colour separation
isn’t entirely correct because the lighter sideline was extended the
bonnet’s edge right up to the radiator. Would anyone out there be in a
position to advise how to obtain an original colour photo of this car? Even
if the photographer concentrated on the persons and his photo might show
only portions of the car such a photo would be appreciated.
And the second point is that the car on delivery did show the Coat of Arms
of His Royal Highness Sultan Mohamed Shah, The Aga Khan III. Would anyone
out there be in a position to advise what that Coat of Arms or the Armorial
Bearings respectively looked like.