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The Rolls-Royce 40/50hp 'New Phantom' (or Phantom I as it is was termed after 1929 when the Phantom II was introduced) was introduced in 1925 as the successor to the (retrospectively named) Silver Ghost that had been in production for nearly 20 years. It featured, amongst many refinements, a large capacity engine and a push-rod actuated overhead-valve system rather than a side-valve system of the previous 40/50hp Silver Ghost. As with the preceding Silver Ghost models and suceeding Phantom II, each car carried bespoke coachwork.
This particular car is believed to be one of only two in existence that carries dual cowl open tourer coachwork by James Young of Bromley. Not always credited with lavish coachwork, James Young took great care and attention with the detail of the body on this car, including the rather interesting sloping windscreen design and more particularly the intricate mechanically operated auster screen and cowl that allows passengers great protection from the elements yet easy access to the rear passenger compartment. The car can be found on page 362 of Lawrence Dalton's Coachwork on Rolls-Royce 1906 - 1939.
We regularly service and maintain this magnificent motor car for the owner.