1969 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI Limousine
For Sale: Part of a small fleet of bespoke RR Limousines owned by Harrods and used by the Al-Fayed family for friends, Dignitaries and visiting Royalty.
Chassis No: PRH 2976. Registration: WOT 95. Mileage: 9,540
With the 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 coach-builders to provide adequate boot space in a comfortable seven-seater configuration, a shortcoming addressed by the Phantom V. Built on a much modified and strengthened Silver Cloud II chassis and enjoying the same 145" wheelbase as the IV, the new Phantom measured over 6 metres (19' 6") in length and enabled coach-builders to combine the desirable qualities of spacious interior accommodation and generous boot space contained within graceful lines. A lower final-drive ratio ensured that whilst top speed was a little down on that of its siblings, though still in excess of 100mph, the new Phantom could all but match them for acceleration.
Rolls-Royce's in-house coach-builder, 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 furnishings 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.
Fiennes Showroom are proud to offer a rare opportunity to purchase a remarkable vehicle directly associated with the world’s leading Luxury Department Store, Harrods and its legendary owner, Mohamed Al-Fayed.
This, right-hand drive, Phantom VI, Chassis #PRH4296 was delivered new to P J Evans Ltd. of Birmingham and passed through the hands of a further five owners, before being purchased by the Harrods Motor Department from a Mr John Batte in 1996.
Prior to joining the fleet of eight other limousines, used exclusively by Harrods for the transportation of visiting VIPs, Dignitaries and Royalty, the car underwent an extensive mechanical and body restoration to the highest standards and was refinished in Harrods’ Green with a basket-weave side effect and a tan roof. It was subsequently fitted with a bespoke green leather interior by SC Gordon Ltd. complete with a television, VHS player, fax machine, wine cooler, cocktail cabinet, three telephones, and a custom headlining screen-printed with the iconic Harrods’ logo. A comprehensive record of this renovation is available for inspection together with the car's previous service history.
All nine were offered for sale by marque specialists, 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’s Monterey Auction with a guide price of $325,000 - $400,000.
As part of Harrods Garage, it was expertly maintained in-house regardless of cost and this care has continued with our vendor. This imposing limousine has covered just 9,540 miles from new and is supplied with the aforementioned restoration and service invoices, current MOT Certificate and UK V5C registration document.
This fabulous Phantom is ideal for days out at Ascot, Epsom, Badminton or Goodwood, would be much in demand for Weddings, Daughter’s Prom Nights and the occasional period film role, however, you may prefer to use it to make a real and lasting impression on new customers and old friends alike, a role for which it is particularly well suited.