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1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II

Continental 3-pos. Drophead Coupe, body by Freestone & Webb
Gooding & Company's latest online auction averages $1.28M per car
Thursday, 28 January - Friday, 5 February 2021
$543,074
Sale Price
$823,000 - $494,000
Est. Range
Yes
Reserve
5 February 2021
Sold Date
8
Lot Number
#3+
Older restoration
Gooding & Company
Auction House
Chassis no. 47RY; Engine no. KC45. Gray and light gray over red leather. RHD. 7,668/50hp pushrod OHV straight-six with crossflow cylinder head, 4-speed gearbox, leaf springs and friction dampers, wheel discs, hinged windscreen, twin windscreen pillar-mounted side mirrors, rear-mounted covered spare wheel, black tonneau cover, front single driving light, twin chromed horns, working semaphore turn signal indicator arms, walnut dashboard and door cappings, lift up covered rear rumble dickey seats.

Evaluation: Restored in 1990 whilst owned by Sir Anthony Bamford (JCB) this well-traveled Phantom possesses superb modern paint if slightly uneven on the wings. The chrome plating is exemplary. The Lucas headlight lenses are yellowing. The chassis is black painted and dry clean. The grille top has uneven chrome. The wheels and tyres are in superb condition. The driver’s door drops slightly when opened and the bottom edge gap is too tight. The clocks have thick crystal glass lens. The seat leather is superb, but looks too red for the period. The carpets disappoint, they’re lumpy and ill-fitted. The woodwork is wonderful, truly artisan. This car will please, if it’s a remote buyer, when delivered. A very good showing.

Bottom Line: Offered by RM Sotheby’s at Salon Privee in 2011 where it did not sell, with an estimate of £380,000-£420,000. It appears to have been little used but consistently maintained since then and is an extraordinary example bought for a reasonable price.

by Rick Carey
20 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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