Renowned British car and aero-engine manufacturing company, Rolls-Royce Limited started off its second factory in Springfields, Massachusetts, United States in 1921, with a firm intention of making their all cars identical, and interchangeable with the British offering. But, it was inevitable that the policy should be prone to alteration, and pretty soon so happened. First to go was the Right Hand Specification, swiftly followed by the British electrical system. And, finally, the buyers got the direct descendant of the Silver Ghost in the form of Rolls-Royce Phantom I, launched in May 1925, which integrated Brewster’s coachworks with Rolls-Royce American operations. Now, a historic 1927 example of the New Phantom, which got re-bodied in stylish new Playboy roadster body and got re-sold in 1933 to Tom Mix, a noted car enthusiast and the biggest cowboy star of the silent era, is going under the hammer at Coys forthcoming auction at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire.
Historically, Tom Mix unluckily wasn’t able to enjoy the car for long, as he died in 1940. And, the car then went into the huge Warner Brother’s movie fleet, and over the next thirty years was seen in the classic films including Giant, the FBI Story, and Daisy Clover, in which it was driven by Robert Redford.
After that era, this particular example of history spent most of the last four decades in the hands of just two collectors, the celebrated drummer Hal baline, and then Bill McLenahan, who was drawn to the car by its Hollywood links.
Interestingly, the car’s fine condition now is a great tribute to the constant sparing and careful use which the car enjoyed over the past half century.
This exceptionally handsome 1927 Rolls-Royce phantom I Playboy Roadster by Brewster with a glittering Hollywood history is surely going to be the star of the upcoming auction, and will definitely fetch a price higher than its presale estimate of $179,690 to $201,730.
Also, we have recently seen the record breaking sale of the 'The Corgi’ Rolls-Royce, widely recognized as the company’s ‘Silver Ghost’ production to survive, which fetched whopping $7.3 million, thus becoming one of the most expensive Rolls-Royce cars in the world.