1930-1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom II

The 1930-1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom II is an updated version of the original New Phantom (Phantom I) of 1925, with a new chassis -- on two long wheelbases -- and a much-modified engine and transmission. The Phantom II is typical of between-the-wars Royces in every way. All II’s have stately hand-built coachwork, by Brewster, on most left-hand-drive export models.

The Rolls-Royce Phantom II was considered massive, heavy, and predictably expensive. Performance and economy for this car took a back seat to build quality and sumptuous fittings, lending credence to Rolls-Royce's claim that this was, "The Best Car in the World."

A lower chassis featured four-wheel hydraulic brakes and more modern Hotchkiss drive and hypoid rear end instead of the torque tube used on the Silver Ghost/Phantom I, but retention of beam-axle suspension front and rear (on semi-elliptic leaf springs) made it somewhat old-fashioned toward the end of the model's life.

Numerous changes occurred during these years, including smaller wheel/tire diameter, one-shot lube system, and synchromesh gearing on third and fourth (from 1932) and on second (1935 models). This model was particularly significant as the last Rolls-Royce designed by Henry Royce. Special Continental models (280 built) are the most coveted today.

Pluses of the 1930-1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom II:

  • CCCA Classic status, of course
  • Cost-no-object engineering
  • Exquisite looks
  • Extremely reliable
  • Restoration still possible from factory parts supplies
  • Rolls-Royce panache, prestige

Minuses of the 1930-1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom II:

  • Archaic road manners and heavy to drive
  • Very expensive
  • You'll need a mortgage to restore one

Production of the 1930-1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom II:
1,672 (some sources list 1,767; began 1929)

Specifications of the 1930-1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom II:
Wheelbase, inches: 144.0/150.0
Length, inches:
Variable with body style
Weight, pounds: approximately 5,000-6,500
Price, new
: NA

Engines for the 1930-1935 Rolls-Royce Phantom II:

ohv I-6
7,668 cc (468 cid)

* Not officially quoted

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