Description

  • As with all Rolls-Royces, the chassis was factory-made and the body was supplied by a coach builder.  
  • English-made Rolls-Royce chassis were fitted with bodies by Barker & Company since 1905, unless the customer specified another coach builder. 
  • This Rolls-Royce features a body by Barker & Company. 
  • Cabriolet de Ville describes a body style having a folding top and an open front compartment like a town car

Story

Story

By 1925, the Rolls-Royce “Silver Ghost” had enjoyed a successful English production run of nineteen years. However, in May 1925, Rolls-Royce announced a successor, the New Phantom (Phantom I).  The Phantom chassis was similar to that of the Silver Ghost except for a powerful new overhead valve engine.  As with all Rolls-Royce cars until 1950, the chassis was factory-made and the body was supplied by a coach builder.  English-made Rolls-Royce chassis had been fitted with bodies by Barker & Company since 1905, unless the customer specified another coach builder.  This 1927 Rolls-Royce has a Cabriolet de Ville body designed and made by Barker & Company.  Cabriolet de Ville describes a body style having a folding top and an open front compartment like a town car.  Phantom I production continued until late 1929.

Although Rolls-Royce automobiles would not have existed without the collaboration between Charles Stewart Rolls and Sir Henry Royce, the amount of time spent by the partners at the factory was negligible.  Rolls was killed flying his own Wright airplane in 1910.  Later that same year, Royce collapsed from the effects of prolonged overwork.  He built a house in France to convalesce, but still directed the company by mail, dominating everything that was done at the Derby, England, factory until his death in 1933.

According to the Rolls-Royce Owner’s Club, the badge on the Rolls-Royce was changed from red to black not, as popularly believed to commemorate Henry Royce’s death, but because Royce himself decided black was aesthetically more appropriate.  Some customers complained that the red badge often clashed with the color of the car.

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