Rolls-Royce is frequently associated with large elaborate formal limousines and town cars yet the performance, strength and reliability of the Phantom chassis and drivetrain were demonstrated again and again in lightweight sporting coachwork which today is widely appreciated by collectors. This Phantom I was originally bodied as a Faux Cabriolet by Thrupp & Maberly for Prince David Mdivani (married to actress Mae Murray) or his brother Prince Serge (married to actress Pola Negri). After doing its tour among the bright lights of Hollywood it dropped from sight until it was bought by S. Prestley Blake, Rolls-Royce collecting stalwart and founder of the Friendly Ice Cream restaurants by which time it had been re-bodied by FLM Panelcraft with this sporty 4-seat Boattail Tourer, a design popularized by Barker. The polished aluminum hood, dramatically flared clamshell fenders, sloping boattail body, rear aero screens, fishtail exhaust tip and imaginative airfoil shaped steps concealing tool boxes communicate a spirit of imagination, adventure and flair characteristic of the Phantom's origin during the Roaring Twenties. Finished in Burgundy with Black fenders and Tan leather upholstery it has a top and side curtains for the front seats and a removable tonneau cover for the rear seats. A thoughtful prior owner installed a Mitchell overdrive (with discretely hidden controls) so the Phantom will cruise comfortably at 75mph with today's freeway traffic. The engine's top end and piston rings were recently serviced by Jim Stranberg's High Mountain Classics where the carburetor also was rebuilt and hoses replaced. It comes with a file of paperwork, copies of the factory records and extensive operating instructions. It has a great look, runs great and has real style and flair.
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