This 1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom II came into the hands of our restoration
company a few years ago , after living in a private collection in Jersey
for a time before we acquired it.The car was ordered in 1930 by a
millionaire copper mine owner in California, it was sent to Brewster
coach builders in New York to get the standard Henley Roadster body.
After a few years of ownership it was decided that the car should be
bodied in copper taken from the owners mine , Brewster weren’t
interested in taking on the job , so theRolls was sent back to England
where Midlands based Brockman Coachbuilders were tasked with recreating
the Henley Roadster shape in solid copper , the car is completely unique.
Such is the quality of the workmanship that the car has spent much of
its life in museums and collections around the United States. As anyone
who has worked with copper will know , its nearly impossible to avoid
imperfections , nevertheless there were none to be found on this
car.Right from outset this car was very much a special order . It was
specified with the speedometer reading both miles and kilometres per
hour, along with leaf springs from a Pullman limousine chassis to allow
for continental touring .
Despite the specification the car has covered
very few miles and the original mechanical items all show very little
wear. translator directory . Indeed the continental touring
specification may have been slightly optimistic as in this body there is
no provision for luggage . Instead the rear hatch is for a folding
‘dickie’ seat , which would make the roadster capable of carrying six
people ! When we purchased the car there were a few jobs that we wanted
to complete , during its time in America the car had electrical fuel
pumps fitted , and these were top of the list to go in favour of the
original Autovac intake manifold system. The steering system was
serviced to remove some play , the carbs were rebuilt and new tappets
found there way into the engine .
After some extensive cleaning and
continued polishing , the results spoke for themselves. After the
Phantom II was put on the market a new owner purchased the car and it
is now in Hong Kong , we look forward to hearing the next chapter in
this Phantoms story.