This 1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Sport Saloon by Thrupp & Maberly is a beautiful example of the type. Developed by Rolls-Royce specifically for high speed touring on the European Continent, this example is built on the short wheelbase chassis and has the special high speed gearbox and final drive known as the F-type. The close coupled right-hand drive 4-door saloon coachwork by Thrupp & Maberly with its low roof, long hood and ample integrated luggage trunk is attractively aggressive but also practical. A sliding sunroof is fitted, allowing the Phantom II's occupants to appreciate the warming climate as they journeyed south across France and Spain toward the Mediterranean. The interior is comfortably appointed with leather upholstery and trim, burl wood veneer facings and trim and equipped with folding tray tables in the rear compartment. This exceptional example was donated to a major museum in 1977 and has recently been completely gone through to refresh its appearance and operation. The engine and drivetrain were recommissioned, new stainless steel wheel discs fitted to enhance its presence and to complement the quality fresh repaint in basic black appropriate to its elegance. The black wall tires are new and much of the chrome is freshly replated. The grey leather interior, which appears to be completely original, was carefully and sympathetically detailed. Out of 1,680 Phantom IIs built less than 300 were the high performance Continental versions and of those even fewer were built on the short chassis with F-type steering. This luxurious, rare and sporting Phantom II Continental Sport Saloon is built for elegant, luxurious high speed touring and it is ideal for the many open road touring events which make car collecting so rewarding.
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