1929 Rolls Royce Phantom I

Avon Touring Sedan
Sale Price
$25,000 - $40,000
Est. Range
3 March 2022
Sold Date
Lot Number
Visually maintained, largely original
Auction House
Chassis no. S320LR; Engine no. 21209. Pink with cream fenders and accents over beige leather. 7672 L6/108hp six, 3-speed, painted wire wheels, dual sidemount spares with mirrors, wide whitewalls, Spirit of Ecstasy mascot, suicide doors, division window, luggage trunk.

Evaluation: Rare Avon with division window. Reportedly used in the 1978 film “The Betsy.” Thick, ancient paint with too many chips, scratches and touch ups to count. The tires look nearly as ancient and aren’t safe to drive on very far. The wood on the running boards is dry and the gaps are uneven. The windshield wipers have been removed, and one of them is on the floor. Oxidation and surface rust show underneath. It has been sitting still for about a decade, so it needs mechanical sorting. An interesting car in a nice body style, but its condition is deteriorated. Although it had some time on the silver screen, it was in a movie few people have ever heard of.

Bottom Line: “The Betsy” is about a family-owned carmaker that is hard on its luck and fading fast. This Rolls, too, is hard on its luck. It was in essentially the same condition when Bonhams sold it in Greenwich way back in 2009 for $42,120, and the bidders thought even less of it nearly 13 years later. It’s a project car bought for project car money, and at this price the new owner at least isn’t in very deep on a Rolls with interesting bodywork that will look great on a show field when it is (hopefully soon) restored.

by Andrew Newton
11 March 2022
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