Rolls-Royce Phantom VI Limousine
Chassis No: PRH 2976
Registration: WOT 95
Fiennes Showroom are proud to offer a unique opportunity to purchase a piece of history with two of the largest names affiliated to the UK: Harrods and Mohamed Al-Fayed.
Mohamed Al-Fayed purchased the car in 1996 and is believed to be one of nine cars within the fleet, eight of which were finished in the iconic retail store's green and basket effect side weave, finished with a tan roof.
A bespoke interior was created by SC Gordon Ltd complete with a television, VHS video player, fax machine, wine cooler, cocktail cabinet and three telephones, not to mention a custom headlining screen printed with the iconic Harrods logo.
It has been expertly maintained in house regardless of cost and this unique and imposing limousine has covered only 9540 miles from new, comes with the aforementioned restoration and service invoices, current MOT certificate and UK V5C registration document.
The right-hand drive Phantom VI, chassis number 'PRH4296' was delivered new to P J Evans Ltd of Birmingham and then passed through the hands of a further five owners, before being purchased by the current vendor from a Mr John Batte in 1996.
Since acquisition the Phantom has undergone an extensive mechanical and body restoration to the highest standards, being refinished and extensively upgraded to the owner's own specification. A comprehensive record of this renovation is available for inspection together with the car's previous service history.
'PRH2976' is finished in Harrods Green with golden basket weave to the side panels, while the interior is in green leather with the Harrods logo screen-printed on the headlining. Interior equipment includes a television, video player, analogue fax machine, telephones (x3), wine cooler and a cocktail cabinet.
All nine were offered for sale by renowned marque specialist P&A Wood after Mr Al-Fayed relinquished Harrods to Qatar Holdings for £1.5 billion in 2010. One of the sister Phantom VI cars was consigned to Mecum Auctions’ Monterey auction with a guide price of $325,000 - $400,000.
Rolls-Royce Phantom VI history:
With development of its dependable six-cylinder engine nearing an end and facing competition from faster rivals in the United States market, Rolls-Royce turned to V8 power as the 1960s approached. Introduced in the autumn of 1959, the new 6,230cc all-alloy engine graced the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II and Bentley S2 as well as the Rolls-Royce Phantom V. Alterations to the steering mechanism, now power-assisted as standard, were among the many modifications required to accommodate the wider engine in the existing chassis.
Rolls-Royce's new limousine model, the long-wheelbase Phantom V effectively replaced both the royalty/heads of state-only Phantom IV and the Silver Wraith. The latter's relatively short - for a limousine - wheelbase had made it all but impossible for coachbuilders to provide adequate boot space in a comfortable seven-seater automobile, a shortcoming addressed by the Phantom V. Built on a much modified and strengthened Silver Cloud II chassis enjoying the same 145" wheelbase as the IV, the new Phantom measured over 6 metres (19' 6") in length and enabled coachbuilders to combine the desirable qualities of spacious interior accommodation with generous boot space and graceful lines. A lower final drive ratio ensured that, while top speed was a little down on that of its stablemates though still in excess of 100mph, the new Phantom could all but match them for acceleration.
Rolls-Royce's in-house coachbuilder Park Ward Limited produced what was in effect the 'standard' seven-passenger limousine coachwork for the Phantom V. 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 was often incorporated into the rear compartment's cabinet work while electric windows and air conditioning were among the preferred options.
Park Ward's design remained substantially unaltered until the introduction of the Silver Cloud III and Bentley S3 in the autumn of 1962 when it was revised to incorporate the new models' four-headlamp lighting arrangement and a completely new above-waistline treatment. Now built by the combined firm of H J Mulliner, Park Ward Ltd, the car lived on into the 1990s as the Phantom VI, its passing in 1992 marking the final demise of the separate-chassis Rolls-Royce.
A superb opportunity to own a piece of history.