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
Sale Price
$823,000 - $494,000
Est. Range
5 February 2021
Sold Date
Lot Number
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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