A direct descendent of the Silver Ghost, the Rolls-Royce Phantom I was launched in May 1925. It became immediately obvious that Rolls-Royce had gained quite a bit of knowledge in terms of refining the chassis. Sir Henry Royce felt that the Silver Ghost chassis was adequately robust. He was not easily persuaded that the company needed a new chassis. Instead, further improvements were made – in essence, a process of careful technical advancement – which reflected Royce’s belief in evolution rather than revolution. For the most part, the Phantom I chassis was identical to that of the Silver Ghost. It did offer customers two different wheelbase lengths from which to choose: 143.5 inches or the longer 150.5 inches. The Phantom I gearbox was also the same as before, except that the old cone clutch was replaced with a new, single dry plate clutch – more conducive to quieter and smoother operation.
Beautifully presented in navy blue with blue hide interior and wearing the attractively crafted sporting dual cowl touring body, this Phantom 1 is a delight from every angle. Built for ‘extensive Continental touring’, as inscribed on the copy of the original order sheet, this achingly elegant Rolls Royce is offered with current V5C and original buff log book; and would be a considerable asset to any collection.