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 fine 1928 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Salamanca de Ville is a superb example of the style, elegance and quality of the Springfield built Phantom I and of the coachwork by Brewster which is regarded by many as the finest designed and built American coachbuilder. Finished in refined black with black leather in the chauffeur's compartment and luxurious tan mohair cloth in the rear, it rides on black center lock wire wheels with chrome lock rings with 7.00-21 black wall Dunlop tires. The chauffeur's compartment has a folding tendelet and sliding division window. The exterior is graced by nickel plated Bausch & Lomb drum headlights, dual side-mounted spares and a luggage trunk. The fortunate occupants of the rear compartment had a clock, smoker's kit, jump seats and pull-down privacy shades on the side and rear windows. It is an older restoration which is recorded in the November 1976 issue of the Owner's Club publication Flying Lady as being the winner of the Rolls-Royce Trophy. The restoration's workmanship, materials and attention to detail are impressive by their longevity and the subsequent care which it has received. It was done right when restored and has been consistently and carefully maintained while also seeing some use and touring miles. It is both elegant and imposing, but still a fine car for touring. Originally delivered to K.S. Guiterman of Hewlett, NY, it is one of only 22 Springfield Phantom is recorded in John Webb de Campi's Rolls-Royce in America as bodied with this coachwork. It embodies the spirit of the late Twenties and the style and stature of the Rolls-Royce Phantom I.
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