Concorso D’Eleganza Villa d’Este: 1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Jonckheere Coupe image

This is the 1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Jonckheere Coupe – one of the most impressive Rolls Royce that exists. Originally the car was a 1925 Rolls-Royce Phantom I with a body built in 1934 by Jonckheere of Belgium.

Car was built for King Edward VIII. It was originally painted with 6 pounds of Gold powder with 17 coats of clear lacquer.

The automobile was fitted with a six cylinder, 7.66L OHV inline six engine and a four speed manual transmission. The body was completely hand fabricated to include round doors, split-opening half-moon windows, twin sunroofs, bespoke luggage and a stabilizing fin at the rear.

Much later, in 1991, the golden Rolls was auctioned to a Japanese collector for $1.5 million. It disappeared in a private collection for many years.

Eventually the Petersen Automotive Museum managed to buy the Jonckheere Phantom and they restored it to be entered in the 2005 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

General specifications
Country of origin- Great Britain
Numbers built – one-off
Produced from – 1925 – 1935
Body design – Jonckheere

Configuration – Straight 6
Location – Front, longitudinally mounted
Construction – cast-iron block and head
Displacement- 7.668 liter / 467.9 cu in
Bore / Stroke – 108.0 mm (4.3 in) / 139.7 mm (5.5 in)
Valvetrain – 2 valves / cylinder, OHV
Fuel feed – Rolls Royce Carburettor
Aspiration – Naturally Aspirated