1926 Rolls-Royce Experimental Sports Tourer 10EX up for grabs
At the Salon Prive Concours d’Elegance on June 23, RM Auctions will offer the rare 1926 Rolls-Royce 10EX, the only experimental Phantom I to be kept by Rolls-Royce for several years after testing. Rolls-Royce has a long, glorious history of experimental cars. The first one from the renowned house was a 1919 Silver Ghost test bed, chassis number 1EX, and the latest is the 102EX, a battery-electric version of the current Phantom. The 10EX, which is up for grabs, is one of the most significant Rolls-Royce experimental cars and was built in late 1925.
Interestingly, the Rolls-Royce 10EX even pre-dates the 1938 Buick Y-Job, which is usually claimed to be the world’s first concept car. Anyway, the 1926 Rolls-Royce Experimental Vehicle 10EX was built to reveal the performance potential of the “New Phantom” introduced in 1925. After a number of renovations, the 10EX did the Brooklands at an average speed of 91.2 mph. The development work on 10EX ended in late 1927.
The Rolls-Royce Experimental Vehicle 10EX, after its test phase, was used as a works demonstrator car. The iconic car was even used by the factory to visit the 1927 Schneider Trophy seaplane competition in Venice, which Rolls-Royce won in 1929 and 1931. Reportedly, Lawrence of Arabia also loaned the 10EX for continental touring.
The 10EX will go to the highest bidder along with a significant dossier of records, photographs and correspondence relating to its history and restoration. Phantom I Rolls-Royces are already popular among the collectors, and this experimental sports tourer is sure to start a bidding war.