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Rolls-Royce 40/50 New Phantom

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The New Phantom was a development of the long-lived Rolls-Royce 40/50, first seen in 1906. A new overhead valve engine was mated to the existing chassis from the Silver Ghost. This particular car was bought at the 1925 London Motor Show by John Scott Montagu, 2nd Baron Montagu of Beaulieu, and used by him until his death in 1929. It saw use as a mobile canteen during the Second World War.

Rolls-Royce started work on the improved 40/50 in late 1922 in an attempt to halt a decline in sales of the existing model. The new six-cylinder engine received an aluminium cylinder head in place of the original cast iron from 1928, in time to be matched with the all new chassis of the Phantom II, which followed in 1929. The New Phantom then became known as the Phantom I.

Year1925
CountryBritish
Capacity7,668cc
Cylinders6
Maximum speed80mph/128.74kph
Price new£1,850 (chassis only)
ManufacturerRolls-Royce Ltd
OwnerMontagu Collection

 

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