Chassis no: 3DL94
1938 Rolls Royce Phantom III Cabriolet by Freestone & Webb
Chassis number: 3DL94
Registration number: TBA
Vintage and Prestige Fine Motor Cars are proud to be offering this 1938 Rolls Royce Phantom III Cabriolet by Freestone & Webb for sale. A unique Rolls Royce for the most discriminating collector. Chassis 3DL94 is fitted with the original engine Q88N. The chassis came off test on 19 September 1938 and was dispatched to the renowned coachbuilder Freestone and Webb. The original owner, Kenneth L. Bilbrough was a ship owner and marine insurance broker with the firm his father started in 1862. When he ordered this beautiful Rolls Royce he was Chairman of the firm and had decided it was time for an automobile that would match the status of his position.
Mr. Bilbrough had some very specific requirements for his new automobile that would prove to be unique features in the P III series of automobiles. His primary requirement was that the Rolls Royce Phantom III Cabriolet fit in to his existing carriage house. This meant the Rolls Royce Phantom III Cabriolet had to have an overall length of exactly 17 feet 7 inches from bumper to bumper. It needed to be a cabriolet designed for all weather conditions. This is the only Freestone and Webb cabriolet built for a P III chassis.
Another requirement was that the Rolls Royce Phantom III Cabriolet needed a center gear change rather than the traditional right side position. Mr. Bilbrough was replacing a Packard 120, which had a center shift and he preferred this over the traditional placement. This is the only center shift configuration P III produced. The final unique feature is the face color combination of the gauges.
This Rolls Royce is fitted with white face/black number gauge dials. The only P III produced this way. Freestone and Webb met every requirement of a very particular buyer. This four light, four door cabriolets carries all of the unique features listed above to this day. A very original Rolls Royce vehicle that has never been repainted. It is finished in Forest Green with black wings and a black hood. The interior of this Rolls Royce is upholstered in soft black hides and the original dark green carpets. Some minor paintwork was completed on the front wings as there were some slight scratches created when the Rolls Royce Phantom III Cabriolet was shipped to the United States in 1962, when purchased from Mr. Bilbrough’s estate.
The interior is original except the seats which were re-trimmed in the 1970s. A new mohair hood has been fitted in the 1990’s. Still in the ownership of the second family to have the pleasure of owning this beautiful Rolls Royce, it is now being offered for sale. The Rolls Royce Phantom III Cabriolet has covered less than 35,000 miles from new and is a strong running car. Completely re-commissioned and ready to use, it has been deemed a “strong runner” not suffering from any of the maladies found in high mile examples according to Tim Jayne of Dennison-Jayne Motors, a renowned Rolls Royce/ Bentley specialist in the U.S.
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