The Rolls-Royce Phantom III, with 165 horsepower 7.3 liter overhead valve V-12 engine and independent front suspension, was the most advanced of the many multi-cylinder automobiles of the prewar era.
Intended to meet Rolls-Royce clients' desires for luxurious formal coachwork capable of sustained speeds of 80 mph or more, a few Phantom IIIs were bodied with more stylish coachwork like this 1938 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca deVille bodied by Hooper & Co from a design by Jacques Saoutchik.
It was built for well-known 1930's bon vivant Captain Alistair W. MacKintosh, then sold in the early 40's to Mary Bruce, an aviatrix, speed boat captain and businesswoman, who retained it until the late 70's.
After one intervening owner, it was sold to renowned British classic car dealer Frank Dale, remaining in his personal collection until it was acquired by a Middle Eastern collection where it remained until recently. Demonstrating both the car's appeal and the respect it has received from its few discerning owners, it has never been restored nor needed one.
The coachwork display's Hooper's mastery of refined design with a commodious passenger compartment minimized by the gracefully sloping side accent to teardrop rear fenders and a discrete trunk.
Equipment includes a retracting roof panel over the chauffeur's seat, body color wheel discs, a small driving light, rear wheel spats and a single enclosed sidemounted spare on the righthand, driver's, side.
It is livered in subtle but distinctive grey-blue with dark grey fender tops and sidemount enclosure subtly accented with a darted accent across the doors. The interior is luxuriously appointed in blue leather in the front and wool cloth in the rear with division window and communication system. The paint is older but in very good condition, the interior is newer and the engine compartment is clean, orderly and fresh. It comes with both an original owner's manual and a complete set of tools.
The car was featured in "The Automobile' in May, 1988, a copy of which is in the cars history file, as well as a copy of both Captain MacKintosh's and Mrs.Bruce's autobiographies, and a 1939 issue of Life magazine with a photo story on Mackintosh's playboy lifestyle. 'Handsome' barely begins to describe the Hooper coachwork and interior of this fast, powerful and silent 1938 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca deVille by Hooper.