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Car of the Month - April  2019
Rolls-Royce Phantom I, 1928, #89AL
Limousine by F. Seegers & Son (Leipzig-Schleussig)


 

Rolls-Royce Phantom I

The 1928 brochure for the Rolls-Royce Phantom I does list as one service station in Germany from the motor manufacturer’s network of authorized dealers: 
"Leipzig and Saxony: M.O. Richard Müller, Automobile, Dittrich Ring 13, Leipzig".

As the first owner of the 1928 Rolls-Royce Phantom I, #89AL, has been entered in to the factory’s documents a name "Paul Muller". It is a well-known problem that in England frequently specific letters written in a foreign language were not copied entirely correct hence most presumably the client's name had been Paul Müller (not: Muller). As regards Paul Müller a hint has been found he had been the wealthy brother providing the financial background for Richard Müller's motor car agency in Leipzig. Hence it might have been some sort of "family affair" when this car was ordered and became bodied as a Limousine by Leipzig coachbuilder F. Seegers & Son. It is a fair guess the Rolls-Royce Phantom I most presumably has been a company demonstrator of the Leipzig dealer.

The car was an exhibit at the 1928 Berlin Motor Show – just during the period when Müller's company did rank among Rolls-Royce’s authorized dealers. A tremendous amount of publicity was gained. One photo of the car on exhibition even found its way into the National Archives (Bundesarchiv) of the Federal Republic of Germany. The Bundesarchiv is located at Koblenz; alas, incredibly bureaucratic barriers and prohibitively expense quotations are met in contact with that German authority).

Perhaps it had not been absolutely perfect timing to invest the enormous amount to exhibit an extraordinary Rolls-Royce Phantom I with luxurious equipment in 1928 in Germany – because soon after in England the successor, i.e. the Rolls-Royce Phantom II  was launched. The catalogue for the new Rolls-Royce Phantom II no longer did advise of the Leipzig agency Richard Müller. Research as regards the history of Rolls-Royce Phantom I, #89AL have been to no avail.

Seegers
Karosseriewerke F. Seegers & Sohn, Factory in Leipzig Schleußig.

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Neither have any additional details been found about the fate of Leipzig dealer M.O Richard Müller. Information as regards coachbuilder Seegers & Son, Leipzig Schleussig, is fairly thin on the ground, too. Obviously no detailed "Company History" has ever been compiled. The coachbuilder did survive World War II though shortly afterwards the owners with no compensation lost their property to the regime of the Soviet occupied area and the company was re-structured as a communist VEB ("People Owned Enterprise"). A steep decline from the heyday of supplying bespoke coachwork for Rolls-Royce.

Rolls-Royce Phantom I