1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom I
The Phantom was the flagship of the Rolls-Royce marque in 1926, as it still is in 2023, The current model is the Phantom VIII, a new car costing from around a million dollars upwards, but this is where it started, with the New Phantom or Phantom I as it is usually now called. This model is mostly overlooked by enthusiasts in this country because it is so rare to find an original example. Australian cars tended to have had hard lives in the years that they were in everyday use and few have survived with their original coachwork. Indeed, many started off with locally-constructed tourers because the taxes on fully-imported English bodies were so high. There would be no more than a dozen here today with formal coachwork from one of the famous London coachbuilders such as Hooper,, Park Ward or, as here, Barker & Co. The appeal of a Phantom I is that it has the vintage charm of a Silver Ghost but a more powerful and modern engine and is certainly more affordable.
From the estate of a country gentleman, this is the first time that this car has been offered for sale in Australia. Imported by him some years ago from the United Kingdom, this car had in fact spent most of its earlier years in the United States. It was delivered to Cunniff, Esq at the Carlton Hotel, London, and immediately shipped to Wall St, New , where the New Phantom was not yet on sale. Mr Cunniff died in 1938 and the ownership from then until 1957 is unknown. The history file supplied with the car appears to include all the owners from that time.
It is probable that the car has not done a particularly high mileage. As the odometer only reads to 9,999 miles it is always going to be hard to tell. All the trim in the rear compartment appears to be original but the front bench has been retrimmed and there is no doubt that the paintwork will have been attended to over the years. Today the car has what we now call patina. It would benefit from minor attention in any number of areas but it would be an expensive mistake to start a full restoration. It is running very well presently and could, we are sure, be enjoyed just as it is for many years to come.
To import a car like this today is prohibitive, with asbestos rules and luxury car tax just two considerations. Here then is an opportunity to acquire a genuine Barker Sedanca de Ville that may not come around again for a generation.
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- Vehicle: 1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom I
- Price: $179,777 Ex Gov't Charge*
- Category: Used
- Kilometres: 1069 kms
- Colour: Semaphone Yellow
- Transmission: Manual
- Drive: Rear Wheel Drive
- Body: Sedan
- Doors: 4
- Seat Capacity: 5
- Engine: 7.7 Litres
- Reg Plate: Unregistered
- Cylinders: 6 cylinders
- Fuel Type: Petrol
- Gears: 4
- Trim Colour: White
- Induction: Aspirated
- Stock #: 2326
- VIN: 10LC
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