31 January 2018

True Phantom appears for sale after 54 years

By Tom WhiteTom White
One of only 1680 cars has resurfaced after almost a lifetime in hiding.

The car has an interesting past, avoiding even Rolls-Royce's reference books despite being one of only 1680 made.

This Phantom II was originally built in 1933 for Rachel Workman MacRobert, the widow of Sir Alexander MacRobert who was the founder of the British India Corporation (not to be confused with the British East India Company, you know, the original megacorp).

50+ years of dust included at no extra cost. 50+ years of dust included at no extra cost.

36 years later, though, the car was brought to Australia and subsequently left in a garage in Sydney's east for another 54 years. It's a hardly touched car, a restorer's dream. Surprisingly due to the car being 'missing' for most of it's lifespan, it even escapes official Rolls-Royce record keeping.

The car will be under the hammer at Shannon's Sydney Autumn Classic Auction on March 12. Shannons reckon it will fetch between $35 - $50k.

Go on, treat yourself. You deserve it after buying a one-bedder apartment before the boom. Go on, treat yourself. You deserve it after buying a one-bedder apartment before the boom.

What do you get for the money? The Phantom II has a 7.7-litre inline-six served up exclusively with a four-speed manual. Thankfully, you do get such amazing modern innovations as synchromesh on the last two gears (but who cares, right? The act of driving is for paupers). The bodywork, under several layers of dust, is regalia built by Thrupp & Maberly.

All that engine capacity will score you roughly 37kW. Hope you weren't in a hurry.

What car would you most want to find virtually untouched from new? Tell us in the comments.