1971 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI (PRH4709)
Registration: XBM 762K
Chassis no: PRH 4709
Engine no: 4709
Mileage shown: 64497
Fiennes Showroom are delighted to offer this beautiful example of the Mulliner Park Ward, Rolls-Royce Phantom VI Limousine. The car has benefited from being in 36 years, long-term ownership and has patently been well maintained by its previous owners.
It was originally ordered on 30/09/1971 by Patrick Barthropp from (Cardiff) who appears to have known exactly what he wanted. It was specified in Coffee Bean Brown with the interior in Brown leather piped in Off White with a Black top-roll, Dark Brown carpets and an Off-white headlining.
Further requirements included Shaded ‘Sundym’ Glass to the windscreen, Wing Mirrors, Badge Bar, Flag-Mast to be fitted to the roof, Special Handholds to rear
Centre-Console in lighter wood to include Television, Radiomobile.
‘Stereo 8’ tape Player (Crewe to supply) and a Cocktail Bar.
Chrome specification, including wing mouldings, swage line moulding, front & rear lamps and centre door pillars, to be the same as the car that was made for the Ruler of Bahrain (special attention to be paid to make sure that this chrome is perfect with extra thick plating).
Special attention to be paid to the quality of the rear springs and the hinges which prevent the doors from springing back when open.
Just from the order it is clear to see how meticulous Patrick Barthropp was, he appears to have only wanted the best and that quality is still evident today.
A rare choice of colour for the Phantom, the Coffee Bean Brown paintwork appears blemish-free and retains a deep shine, the thin gold coach line and extensive chrome breaking up the Phantom’s large panels. The original leather interior is wearing well and the level of comfort is exactly what you would expect from a bespoke limousine from the makers of the best car in the world. The rear compartment comfortably fits five people thanks to the occasional seats, the division can be operated from the front or rear and beneath the television and tape-player is the original cocktail cabinet
When you open up the boot you are again met by a lambswool rug, there are also two perfectly made seats that fit on the over-riders and allow you to perch yourself; perfect for Ascot.
The big V8 fires instantly at the turn of a key and, the second the choke comes off you are met by silence. The car rides well and, although fifty years old, it’s a more than capable long-distance tourer.
The final iteration of the Phantom, the VI, also marked an important technological change being the last Rolls-Royce with a separate chassis. It featured coil springs in front, leaf springs and a live axle at the rear, and retained Phantom V drum brakes on all four wheels. The car was powered by a 6,230 cc, 90-degree, V-8 with twin SU carburettors coupled to a four-speed automatic gearbox.
Rolls-Royce’s in-house coachbuilder, Park Ward Limited (later H J Mulliner, Park Ward), produced what was, in effect, the ‘standard’ seven-passenger limousine coachwork for the Phantom V. This timeless design would survive until 1990, being built in near-identical Phantom VI form from 1968, when separate air conditioning for front and rear compartments was standardised alongside the Silver Shadow-specification 6.2-litre V8. The usual upholstery for the front compartment was leather, which was also included in the list of alternatives for the rear along with West of England cloth. As one would expect in a car of this class, a cocktail cabinet incorporated into the rear compartment’s cabinetwork was one of a host of options that also included electric windows. Phantom development tended to lag behind that of the contemporary ’Shadow range, and it was not until 1978 that the model received the three-speed automatic transmission and 6.75-litre engine that had featured on the latter for many years. By this time the opulent Phantom VI was being built to special order only, with prices ‘on application’. In 1990, after numerous rolling improvements with no two cars identical, the last batch of Phantom VI chassis were laid down and, as the coachwork commonly took around 18 months leading to an extended wait for those who wanted the very best, the final examples are often titled as 1992s.