On stand 107 at the 1935 Olympia Motor Exhibition in London, Rolls-Royce presented an all-new masterpiece, the Phantom III. Powered by a huge 7,338 cc alloy V12 with dual coil ignition, the Phantom III had independent front suspension, a four-speed gearbox with synchromesh on the top three gears and four-wheel servo-assisted brakes. The only V12 automobile produced by Rolls-Royce until 1998, the Phantom III was both lighter and more powerful than the Phantom II that it replaced, and its brilliant, precise engineering invited the bespoke coachbuilders to create innovative, streamlined bodywork around it.
This lavish 1936 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Enclosed Limousine features a stunning body design by Hooper of Westminster, London. It is finished in dark green with black fenders and roof, and has wheel discs color coded to the body, blackwall tires, dual chrome horns, Lucas P100 headlights, marker lights, a spotlight mounted on the driver’s side windshield post and a sidemount spare on the driver’s side. The interior is black leather in the front and grey cloth in the back, and features beautiful wood veneer trim throughout and a central division with rollup division window and foldout seats incorporated into its base.
After being sold new in London during January of 1937, it spent many years in the UK before being added to a large private collection of Ted Bacon in Nevada and then to the National Automobile Museum in Reno. Recently repainted, this right-hand drive Phantom III is largely original with a matching numbers engine and mellowed interior. It has also had a recent mechanical sorting to bring it to drivable and enjoyable condition, and has been driven long distance with no problems. Incredibly rare with only 710 examples built and regal in appearance with its elegant Hooper coachwork, this preserved Phantom III represents classic Rolls-Royce luxury at its very peak. Such a car as this will continue to command attention and admiration from discerning collectors and enthusiasts