• Hidden for more than 30 years
• Original British coachwork and engine
• Offered for first time in 54 years at ‘no reserve’
A ‘barn-find’ 1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Limousine that has been laid-up on axle stands in a Sydney Eastern Suburbs garage since the early 1980s and hasn’t been started in over 30 years, will haunt Shannons Sydney Autumn Auction on March 12.
The road-shy Rolls-Royce was originally delivered with Thrupp & Maberly saloon coachwork to American socialite Lady Rachel Workman, who married the Scottish founder of the British India Corporation, Sir Alexander MacRobertson.
It remained in the United Kingdom until 1969, when rebodied with limousine coachwork by Alpe & Saunders with it was imported to Australia by its late, subsequent Welsh owner, still wearing its original London-issued number plates – ALB 900 and limousine coachwork.
Due to lack of use, the Phantom has remained reclusively in a Sydney Eastern Suburbs garage with its Alpe & Saunders coachwork and engine and is now offered for the first time since its arrival in Australia by the estate of its owner for 54 years.
The car’s amazing seclusion means that it hasn’t been mentioned in any of the usual RR reference books, however it is being offered for sale with its UK logbook and other documentation, including a copy of its purchase details and its import papers, dating from 1969.
Because of its amazing time-warp condition and fabulous potential as a preservation candidate or restoration project, Shannons believe that the ‘Phantom of the Barn’ will find willing bidders in the $35,000-$50,000 range when it is offered with ‘no reserve’, supplied with a spare gearbox casing, a history file, handbook and even its original Spirit of Ecstasy’ bonnet mascot.
For more information on the auction contact Stuart Roberts (02) 8019 4179 or Damien Duigan (02) 8019 4180 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.