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1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom II

Continental Drophead Coupe, body by Barker
Gooding & Company's latest online auction averages $1.28M per car
Thursday, 28 January - Friday, 5 February 2021
$392,220
Sale Price
$617,000 - $891,000
Est. Range
Yes
Reserve
5 February 2021
Sold Date
4
Lot Number
#2-
Recent restoration
Gooding & Company
Auction House
Chassis no. 42GX; Engine no. DH95. Brewster Green and black with red striping over red leather. RHD. 7,668/120hp straight-six engine with a crossflow cylinder head, 4-speed gearbox, leaf springs and friction dampers, wire wheels with hexagon knock-ons, hinged windscreen, louvered bonnet, twin rear-mounted spare wheels and luggage, extra 6-gallon fuel tank, inlaid wood door cappings and dashboard, miles and kilometers speedometer. – Restored in 2019 to the original order specifications of its first owner, Captain Jack Frederick Conrad Kruse, a serial owner of great cars. This impeccable motorcar has a great paint finish that is too glossy for the period. The proud Rolls-Royce signature grille is the best I've ever seen, simply faultless, and the R-R badge has the early original red lettering. The Marchal headlamps lenses look tired and aged. The hand-painted coachlines are immaculate, as are the transitions to black which are perfectly executed. The wire wheels show evidence of pitting on some spokes and are shod in old tyres. Top-quality leather and the woodwork is of the highest order and craftsmanship. Lovely engine presentation with some paint chipping and small water stain areas but it all looks honest.

Evaluation: Restored in 2019 to the original order specifications of its first owner, Captain Jack Frederick Conrad Kruse, a serial owner of great cars. This impeccable motorcar has a great paint finish that is too glossy for the period. The proud Rolls-Royce signature grille is the best I’ve ever seen, simply faultless, and the R-R badge has the early original red lettering. The Marchal headlamps lenses look tired and aged. The hand-painted coachlines are immaculate, as are the transitions to black, which are perfectly executed. The wire wheels show evidence of pitting on some spokes and are shod in old tires. Top-quality leather and the woodwork is of the highest order and craftsmanship. Lovely engine presentation with some paint chipping and small water stain areas, but it all looks honest.

Bottom Line: Captain Jack’s Drophead Coupe is a distinctive and sporting example, a PII Continental at its best. It was offered by Bonhams at Quail Lodge in 2008 where it was reported bid to $620,000 but not sold. It seems to have deteriorated little in the subsequent thirteen years despite its being used in the Peking to Paris Motor Challenge. Its price here is a bargain.

by Rick Carey
21 February 2021
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Condition definitions
Condition #1: Concours
Condition #1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best vehicle, in the right colors, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours. Perfectly clean, the vehicle has been groomed down to the tire treads. Painted and chromed surfaces are mirror-like. Dust and dirt are banned, and materials used are correct and superbly fitted. The one word description for #1 vehicles is “concours.“
Condition #2: Excellent
#2 vehicles could win a local or regional show. They can be former #1 vehicles that have been driven or have aged. Seasoned observers will have to look closely for flaws, but will be able to find some not seen by the general public. The paint, chrome, glass and finishes will all appear as excellent. No excessive smoke will be seen on startup, no unusual noises will emanate from the engine. The vehicle will drive as a new vehicle of its era would. The one word description for #2 vehicles is “excellent.“
Condition #3: Good
#3 vehicles could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 vehicle, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a fresh paint job or a new, correct interior where applicable. #3 vehicles drive and run well, but might have some incorrect parts. These vehicles are not used for daily transportation but are ready for a long tour without excuses, and the casual passerby will not find any visual flaws. “Good” is the one word description of a #3 vehicle.
Condition #4: Fair
#4 vehicles are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non- stock additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. “Fair” is the one word that describes a #4 vehicle.
Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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