The Rolls-Royce Phantom II was the third and last of Rolls-Royce's 40/50 hp models, replacing the New Phantom in 1929. It used an improved version of the Phantom I engine in an all-new chassis. Also incorporated was a refined 7.7 L pushrod-OHV straight-6 engine with a new crossflow cylinder head. Unlike on previous 40/50 hp models, the engine was bolted directly to the 4-speed manual transmission. Power was transmitted to the rear wheels using an open driveshaft, a hypoid bevel final drive and Hotchkiss drive, replacing the torque tube from a remotely mounted gearbox used on earlier 40/50 hp models. The 4-wheel servo-assisted brakes from the Phantom I were continued, and the Bijur centralized lubrication system from the Springfield-built Phantom I was included on all Phantom II chassis.
The Continental was a one-off short wheelbase Phantom designed by Ivan Evernden. Completely new was the Phantom II’s chassis. The front axle was mounted on semi-elliptical leaf springs as on earlier 40/50 hp models, but the rear axle was now also mounted on semi-elliptical springs instead of cantilever springs. This, along with the drivetrain changes, allowed the frame to be lower than before, improving the handling.
Only 281 Continental Phantom IIs were produced, including 125 left-hand drive versions. Uniquely, only the chassis and mechanical parts were made by Rolls-Royce; the body was made and fitted by a coachbuilder selected by the owner.
This classic 60GX has a rich history to match the Park Ward Saloon body number 3494. Its ownership history is documented in Volume I of “Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental” by André Blaize, and the 2-volume set of books is included with the car.
It was first owned by John Sutcliffe Pyman of the UK, a cattle breeder and a scion of the Pyman shipping company. He also owned several other Rolls-Royces.
Subsequent owners, all from the UK, include:
In 1969, Harry J. Holden from the United States purchased the car. Subsequent owners have been Robert Friggins, David Scheibel, Don Wathne and Denean Stafford. Each has kept this unique vehicle maintained in exquisite condition. It is unquestionably capable of winning awards in any Concours, RROC or CCCA event.