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(Made in England, 1925 - 1929)
Phantom I, 1927, #124NC, H.J. Mulliner Weymann Saloon. Under license from
Weymann's patent to clad the body's wooden skeleton with waterproof fabric
instead of aluminium panels H.J. Mulliner built this saloon - and achieved
a light and rattle-free coachwork.
With the launch of the Rolls-Royce New Phantom in May 1925 it became
instantly obvious that Rolls-Royce had put to good effect the experience
that the company had learned in the eighteen year production period of the
R-R Silver Ghost. Though not just a spearhead of innovation the
Rolls-Royce New Phantom, later usually listed as Phantom I, featured an
all new pushrod-operated overhead valve engine with detachable cylinder
heads. From 7,668 cc the engine provided sufficient power to accelerate
from walking pace to top speed. Indeed three of the four gears were almost
redundant apart from starting from rest or on Alpine passes. - In this
respect as well as in every other detail the New Phantom was a worthy
successor to the universally acclaimed Silver Ghost.
6 cylinder in-line engine in two groups of three, push-rod operated valves
located in one-piece detachable cast iron cylinder head (from 1928
aluminium alloy cylinder head); aluminium alloy crankcase; bore x stroke
108 x 139.7 mm (4 1/4 x 5 1/2 in), capacity 7,668 cc, dual ignition with
coil and magneto; single dry-plate type clutch, 4 speed gearbox, spiral
bevel final drive; semi-elliptic springs front, cantilever springs rear;
4-wheel brakes servo-assisted; wheelbase 3,638.55 mm (143 1/4 in) or
3,822.7 mm (150 1/2 in), tyre size 33 x 5.
Phantom I, 1928, #3CL, Hooper Sedanca de Ville. Hooper listed several
reigning monarchs as their customers and indeed were unrivalled in the
excellence of craftmanship.
2269 Rolls-Royce Phantom I (GB)