Chassis no: 101MW
1933 Rolls Royce Phantom 2 Continental
Chassis number: 101MW
Registration number: 157XUM
Chassis number 101MW, specified with Park Ward Sorts Saloon Coachwork was off test in September of 1933. The coach work is light elegant & beautifully proportioned from any angle; a quintessential continental design in fact.
A previous American custodian had the Phantom 2 for over 4 decades of continuous ownership finally relinquishing it in 1988. Since then the Phantom has been repatriated & owned by a fastidious & well know Rolls Royce collector, sharing garage space amongst other things with a brace of Silver Ghosts. During his tenure a massive engine rebuild has been undertaken by Marque Specialist Ben Smith Engineeering. Always a pleasure for us to sell a car that has been through Ben Smiths hands; they are always way above average mechanically & this car is no exception.
The history file coming with the car is copious, detailed & massive. After getting less then half way through photographing the file I gave up as it really neeeds to be read in detail. Suffice to say it is impressive minutely detailing the works Mr Smith & others have performed. A fastidious man, Smith has detialed the various works entailed to balance the engine components giving us the beautifully smooth unit we find today.
An overdrive has been fitted which is engaged by pressing the button on the head of the gear lever to both engage & disengage; a thoughtful & ergonomically excellent touch falling readily to hand & obviating one of the need to grapple round the dash trying to find the right switch. Needless to say, with overdrive engaged (denoted by a glowing red dash light) the car is very long legged & cruises easily & effortlessly at 60 to 70MPH. A period road test coming with the car alludes to 100MPH being achievable back in the day; Braver men then I.
The Park Ward body number 3674 is painted in deep burgundy over black & is presentable whilst not being brand new. This accords well with the original, or at least certainly very aged gorgeous maroon leather interior. The seats are as comfortable as any I have sat in having with the course of time mellowed & banished the over stuffed over bouncy feel one experiences with brand new seating arrangements. Indeed the beauty of this car is its light patina throughout rather then being a 100 point trailer queen. It has celarly been used whilst being well loved & the quality shines through.
In the last couple of years the car has been maintained by Jonathan Wood, son of the eponymous brothers Wood. Again, always it is a plesure to receive a car maintained by Jonathan as he goes the extra mile & conducts a business that is beyond reproach with regard to his understanding & correct set up of these cars.
The sum total of Wood's & Smith ministrations is one of the best driving Rolls Royce Phantom 2 Continentals I have come across being eminently well suited to extended continental touring as its name indeed suggests. The “Hartford“ type shock absorbers have been recommissioned, along with a new stainless steel exhaust being fitted. Potential buyers are strongly encouraged to drive a couple of other examples prior to coming to see this car as its mechanical excellence really shines when compared to more tired examples.
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