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1968-1990 Rolls-Royce Phantom Vi


The 1968-1990 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI improved evolution of the imposing Phantom V, with quad headlamps as the main visual distinction. A semi-open special Landaulette was added later and, like the closed limousine, was strictly special-order (even prices were available only by request).

Befitting that status, equipment varies somewhat from car to car. The VI retained the Phantom V's chassis and running gear, but separate front and rear air conditioning units were new. A stroked version of Crewe's all-aluminum 6.2-liter V-8 arrived in early 1978; there were also various detail improvements throughout.

The VI was finally discontinued in January 1992, with the last unit selling for a cool $1,000,000! Production of the VI averaged only about 20 units in most years. Bodies were handcrafted by the Rolls-owned Mulliner-Park Ward works, with final assembly at Crewe.

Pluses of the 1968-1990 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI:

  • Active club support in U.S. and Britain
  • Best of the best
  • Enormous carrying capacity
  • More reliable and better built than the 1959-1968 Phantom V
  • Smooth, silent, luxurious
  • Unmistakably Rolls-Royce, with prestige to match
  • Yet another Rolls Milestone car

Minuses of the 1968-1990 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI:

  • Big and ponderous to drive, let alone park
  • Body parts difficult to find at the right price
  • Costs a bundle to buy and run
  • Expensive
  • Very scarce in the U.S. (and elsewhere, for that matter)

Production of the 1968-1990 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI:
Estimated 450 through 1990

Specifications of the 1968-1990 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI:
Wheelbase, inches: 145.0
Length, inches: 238.0
Weight, pounds: 6,045
Price, new: NA, but up to $300,000 (U.S.) by mid-1980's

Engines for the 1968-1990 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI:

Type Size
Horsepower
Years
ohv V-8
6,230 cc (380 cid)
220*
1968-1978
ohv V-8
6,750 cc (412 cid)
250*
1978-1990

* Estimate (not quoted by factory)

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