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1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental 60GX - $214,900
VMC Stock ID: 260111
Mileage: 64,138
VIN: 60GX
Engine: QT95, 7,668 cc OHV inline 6 cylinder
Transmission: 4 Speed Manual with Overdrive
Gear Ratio: 4.22
Wheelbase: 144"
Wheels: 20 inch Wire (6 Wheels)
Tires: 20 inch wire (6 wheels)
Exterior Color: Carmine/Black
Interior Color: Maroon Leather
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1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental 60GX

66,000 Original Miles
J. J. Best Banc & Co.

The Rolls-Royce Phantom II was the third and last of Rolls-Royce's 40/50 hp models, replacing the New Phantom in 1929. It used an improved version of the Phantom I engine in an all-new chassis. Also incorporated was a refined 7.7 L pushrod-OHV straight-6 engine with a new crossflow cylinder head. Unlike on previous 40/50 hp models, the engine was bolted directly to the 4-speed manual transmission. Power was transmitted to the rear wheels using an open driveshaft, a hypoid bevel final drive and Hotchkiss drive, replacing the torque tube from a remotely mounted gearbox used on earlier 40/50 hp models. The 4-wheel servo-assisted brakes from the Phantom I were continued, and the Bijur centralized lubrication system from the Springfield-built Phantom I was included on all Phantom II chassis.

The Continental was a one-off short wheelbase Phantom designed by Ivan Evernden. Completely new was the Phantom II’s chassis. The front axle was mounted on semi-elliptical leaf springs as on earlier 40/50 hp models, but the rear axle was now also mounted on semi-elliptical springs instead of cantilever springs. This, along with the drivetrain changes, allowed the frame to be lower than before, improving the handling.

Only 281 Continental Phantom IIs were produced, including 125 left-hand drive versions. Uniquely, only the chassis and mechanical parts were made by Rolls-Royce; the body was made and fitted by a coachbuilder selected by the owner.

This classic 60GX has a rich history to match the Park Ward Saloon body number 3494. Its ownership history is documented in Volume I of “Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental” by André Blaize, and the 2-volume set of books is included with the car.

It was first owned by John Sutcliffe Pyman of the UK, a cattle breeder and a scion of the Pyman shipping company. He also owned several other Rolls-Royces.

Subsequent owners, all from the UK, include:
• Sir Rupert Edward Cecil Lee Guinness - 1933
• Major Sir Arthur Onslow Edward Guinness - 1933
• Major Bowman - 1945
• Williams - 1946
• Ernest Edward Turner - 1965

In 1969, Harry J. Holden from the United States purchased the car. Subsequent owners have been Robert Friggins, David Scheibel, Don Wathne and Denean Stafford. Each has kept this unique vehicle maintained in exquisite condition. It is unquestionably capable of winning awards in any Concours, RROC or CCCA event.

This car has undergone several ground-up restorations, resulting in a magnificently running machine. Completely restored from a complete, original car found in New Mexico during the 1980s, its work was done by world-renowned Phantom II specialist E F Butch Murphy. The mottled walnut woodwork has been restored to its original beauty, and nuts, bolts and screws have been replated. Throughout the restoration, Murphy conducted painstaking research and followed close attention to detail for absolute authenticity.

The Phantom II has since been serviced and maintained in show condition and is painted carmine over black. The power of an OHV 7.7 L inline 6-cylinder engine translates into a roaring 120-158 horsepower coupled to a 4-speed manual transmission with overdrive. The recently new six radial tires and overdrive enable this Rolls to cruise down the road smoothly at over 70 mph, with a top speed of 94 mph.

Not to sit idle, this 60GX has been exhibited at national Rolls-Royce judging meets and won First in Class in the Phantom II class at the 1988 show. In 1989, it was awarded the Rolls-Royce of England’s Best in Show, Pre-War. In 1990, the 60GX won the Royce Memorial Best of the Best of Show at the national judging meet for previous Best of Show winners. In 1998, the auto again won the Rolls-Royce of England Best in Show, Pre-War award. In CCCA judging, this amazing vehicle has won both Primary and Senior awards.

Rest assured: it is still in the same magnificent condition today. Where will you show it next?

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