As you already know, Rolls Royce is going to present – soon, on July 27 – the latest generation of the prestigious Phantom limousine at an event in London.
Next to the glorious new incarnation, the company is also going to feature on display eight important Phantoms from the past – and the company is presenting them one by one ahead of the ensemble reveal at Bonhams on Bond Street in London on July 27. The 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental we see here belonged to Sir Malcolm Campbell – the quickest guy around the 1920s and ‘30s, thanks to his numerous land and water speed records. This example was bought as a celebration back in 1933 when he tried to hit 300 miles per hour (483 kilometers per hour) on land, using a 2,300-horsepower (1,715-kilowatt) 36.5-liter Rolls-Royce R aero engine. The new Rolls Phantom Continental was the “sports” short-wheelbase variant.
Campbell’s Phantom Continental got the touring saloon body by Barker – had a radio, spotlight, and an exhaust nine inches longer than normal, and oddly enough it featured a klaxon horn, a horn from Bosch and even a siren. And yes, the light blue paint comes with a pearlescent effect because the painters used ground herring scales in the mix. The other, previously presented RRs from the past include British Field Marshal Bernard “Monty” Montgomery’s 1936 Phantom III and Fred Astaire’s 1927 Phantom I.