1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom I

Rolls-Royce built the finest automobile in the world in Springfield, Massachusetts specifically for the U.S. market. Many Rolls-Royce owners feel the Springfield-built cars were better assembled than those built in Derby. Even more maintain that the catalog coachwork from Brewster -- which was acquired by Rolls-Royce in 1926 -- was superior in construction and design to the catalog coachwork from British and European coachbuilders. In any event, they were specifically adapted to the needs of the U.S. market, with left-hand drive, radiator shutters, 6 volt electrical systems, 3-speed transmissions, Bijur centralized lubrication, canister oil filter and carburetor air filter. This 1929 Phantom I Regent convertible coupe by Brewster is a superb example of the culmination of Rolls-Royce's activities in America, the completion of the transition from Silver Ghost to Phantom I and the company's most successful sales year with 350 cars sold. Finished in beautiful deep Bordeaux with Grey leather upholstery, interior trim, cloth soft top and matching covering for its carefully fitted luggage trunk which matches the slope of the rear deck, it shows off brilliantly chromed wire wheels, wide whitewall tires and duals side-mounted spares with rear view mirrors. One of the Regent's distinctive features is the right side entrance door for the rumble seat making entry and exit much easier and more graceful than the usual set of outside steps on the rear fender. A set of C.M. Hall depress beam headlights, fishtail exhaust tip, varnished wooden running boards, solid chrome plated door hinges, rollup side windows and gorgeous varnished interior wood trim give this exclusive Rolls-Royce enough eyeball appeal for an entire collection of classic cars. It was restored with care, accuracy, pride and an abundance of craftsmanship some time ago and has seen limited careful use since, use that is all but invisible on the car. It is not listed in the 1978 Rolls-Royce Owners' Club Register but in 1993 it is shown with two other Rolls-Royces in the collection of Eric Lorentzen in Arizona. It drives crisply and responsively and will meet the highest expectations.

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