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Rolls-Royce 40/50 Phantom 1926

Allmän beskrivning : 1926 Rolls-Royce Phantom I All-Weather Cabriolet by Barker This beautiful Phantom I represents a brilliant statement of what the collaboration of an automobile builder, a styling house and its client could achieve, particularly when money was no object. In this case that was certainly true, the client being an extremely interesting character, Alfred Loewenstein, a financier of Belgian origins who made his fortune with pioneering investments including in electric power and faux silk manufacturing. Sources state that he was the third wealthiest man in the world in this era. Loewenstein's Barker Rolls-Royce is one of their brilliant fully convertible all-seasons cars, which as for carriages were termed Cabriolets. Technically quite complicated and yet beautifully engineered it provided its owner with a series of configurations, be it fully enclosed with wind up windows, an open Sedanca de Ville option with the chauffeur publicly on display and the passengers hidden, or to take advantage of sunny days, perhaps at the horse races, the entire top collapses opening all passengers to the day.When Mr. Loewenstein took delivery of the car in 1926 he would have been at the height of his success, and yet he had his detractors also, such that when he died in what can be termed as an aircraft accident, many would call foul play. The morning after Independence Day 1928, readers of The New York Times would learn of his bizarre passing in this way - "Capt. A.Lowenstein falls from plane; drowning in sea; Belgian Financier Was Crossing the English Channel on his Way to Brussels. Opened the wrong door. Accident Is Not Discovered Till the Aircraft Nearly Reaches Its Destination. Known as 'Mystery Man'. Offered $50,000,000 Loan to His Country Without Interest --Narrowly Escaped Death Here. Made Big Fortune Swiftly. Planned to Return Here in Fall." The somewhat odd circumstances were that he disappeared while crossing the modest void of the English Channel in his own private Fokker trimotor plane, with rumors ranging from an absent-minded incident of his opening the wrong door when attempting to find the bathroom and plunging to his death (!), to someone ensuring that he vacated the plane under duress. The perpetrators are suggested as mobsters or even members of his family. Whatever the cause, the result was that his news of his passing spooked the markets for his various ventures immediately.Lowenstein's Rolls survives some 95 years later owing to its careful preservation and sensitive restoration in a series of sympathetic ownerships. It arrived in the USA in the 1960s, spending a long time with Californian owners, including time with a Dick Lyon of Balboa. Mr Lyon knew the immediate former owner Charles Gillet very well having served in the Navy with him, and Gillet had long admired the car. Ultimately, he was able to make a takeover bid for it in the late 1980s.The Rolls moved East into Gillet's collection and would be restored early on in his ownership, returning briefly to California for the work to be carried out by White Post Restorations. On its completion it was shown at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance in 1991, a big year for the marque, with their National taking place on the Peninsula. There on the 18th Fairway it secured the Lucius Beebe Trophy and would follow this up with AACA Grand National First Prize and CCCA Premier Awards. Even to this day as a 30 plus year old restoration it continues to display well. The previous owner acquired the car from Mr. Gillet's estate a few years ago, joining a diverse stable of collectors' cars.  A mechanically strong driver, the car currently runs and drives excellent. One of the most luxurious of its time, the car has always been cherished and would grace any collection, while its fascinating ownership provenance will always be something worth regaling.1926 Rolls Royce Phantom I All-Weather CabrioletCoachwork by Barker & Co. CoachbuildersChassis no. 30TCEngine no. UT65Ordered new by Capt. Alfred Lowenstein once the 3rd richest man in the worldAn exceptionally high quality fully convertible Rolls-RoyceLong term care in the custody of the late Charles GilletOffered with copies of factory recordsMechanically Strong Driver  

1926 Rolls-Royce 40/50 Phantom is listed till salu on ClassicDigest in New York by Gullwing Motor Cars for $225000.

 

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Karosstyp : Personbil Märke : Rolls-Royce Modell : 40/50 Phantom Motorvolym : 0.0 Årsmodell : 1926 Läge : Astoria Fordon Registrering : Odefinierad

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Nåväl, damer och herrar, idag dyker vi in i den lysande historien om ett varumärke som alltid har inneburit själva essensen av brittisk lyx och hantverk - Rolls-Royce.

Vår historia börjar vid förra sekelskiftet när två visionärer, Charles Rolls och Henry Royce, beslutade att gå samman. År 1904 föddes den allra första Rolls-Royce, Rolls-Royce 10 hp. Det var en blygsam början för ett företag som skulle omdefiniera bilens överlägsenhet.

Men det var inte förrän 1907 som Rolls-Royce verkligen gjorde sin stämpel med introduktionen av Silver Ghost. Den hyllades som "Världens bästa bil" och satte gulstandard för lyxkörning. Med sin tystlåtna motor och utsökta hantverk var det en symbol för överflöd och förfining.

1920-talet förde oss Rolls-Royce Phantom I, en ikon för sin tid. Det var den första Rolls-Royce med en 6-cylindrig motor och lade grunden för den legendariska Phantom-serien. Detta var eran när Maharadjor i Indien beställde specialbyggda Rolls-Royces som var inget mindre än bilpalats.

Snabbspola till efterkrigsåren, och vi har Silver Cloud, en symbol för det brittiska efterkrigsoptimismen. Silver Cloud var elegans personifierad, med sina flytande linjer och handgjorda interiörer. Det var valet för kungligheter, kändisar och kaptenar inom industrin.

Men om vi pratar om Rolls-Royces lyx i sin fulländning, är det Rolls-Royce Phantom VI som graciöst dök upp i våra liv från 1968 till 1991. Det här var en bil som gjorde uttalandet att "om du måste fråga priset kan du inte ha råd det." Anpassning var nyckelordet, och Phantom VI var en canvas för världens rikaste för att uttrycka sina unika smaker.

Nu är det omöjligt att diskutera Rolls-Royce utan att nämna Rolls-Royce Corniche. Producerad från 1971 till 1995 var det en cabriolet- och coupéversion av Silver Shadow. Corniche var den ultimata grand tourern, en bil för dem som ville färdas över kontinenter i absolut lyx.

Men, ack, även de mäktigaste måste möta sin nedgång, och Rolls-Royce var inget undantag. Företaget genomgick ekonomiska prövningar på 1970- och 80-talen, vilket ledde till övertagandet av Vickers plc. Sedan kom den kontroversiella ägandeperioden av BMW och Volkswagen, som delade entusiasterna.

Rolls-Royce återfick fotfästet under BMW-ägande, och det nya millenniet förde oss Rolls-Royce Phantom VII, en återgång till företagets rötter av kompromisslös lyx. Phantom VII var ett vittnesmål om brittisk ingenjörskonst och hantverk.

Och det, damer och herrar, för oss till idag. Rolls-Royce fortsätter att producera några av de mest overdådiga, specialtillverkade fordon på planeten, en symbol för brittisk imperium som inte har falnat med tiden. Anden av Sir Henry Royce och Charles Rolls lever vidare i varje bil som bär Spirit of Ecstasy, ett vittnesmål om det bestående arvet av brittisk bilöverlägsenhet.