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.
Rolling off the production line in June 1928 and subsequently delivered to its first owner Sir Raymond Greene, this beautiful Phantom I Tourer still retains its matching numbers engine and gearbox. Remaining in very good condition throughout, #83EH has been regularly used by its current owner over the years, and has been fitted with hydraulic assisted power steering making it a very pleasurable car to drive.