West Coast Classics are proud to present a striking and exceptional example of this rare 1967 Rolls Royce Phantom V Mulliner Park Ward Coachbuilt Limousine with divider and factory air conditioning.
The car is the recipient of a recent full mechanic service at the renown 'Independent Rolls Royce' of Los Angeles, CA where it received new front and rear brakes, including upper & lower master cylinders, rebuilt carburetors, window motor servicing, fuel pump, steering box mounts, battery & 4 new tires at a cost of over $11,463.
The Phantom V served as the Rolls-Royce flagship model for nearly a decade (1959-1968), during which time fewer than 1,000 chassis were built. Of that figure, only 607 were fitted with Mulliner Park Ward coachwork, as utilized by John Lennon, Queen Elizabeth II, the Shah of Iran, and Elton John, to name only a few. Lofty, stately and extremely dignified and built to be chauffeur driven, yet remarkably capable of 100mph +!
These cars were highly exclusive and equally conservative, using traditional ladder chassis and even four-wheel drum brakes (power assisted, naturally). This one dates from the penultimate year of production, and appears as if it may retain a high degree of factory originality. The successor to the Phantom IV, this massive limousine shared the Bentley S Type & Silver Cloud chassis but used an appropriately longer wheelbase. Power was provided by the firm's new light alloy V8 engine and all the Phantom V's had custom crafted bodies by "approved suppliers' mainly Mulliner & Park Ward. Rolls-Royce built the rolling chassis only. Similar styling to the Silver Cloud but much larger and with a multitude of interior refinements like this particular example which including seven passenger seating, division window, chauffeur equipment and rarely air conditioning.
At the front, in the drivers compartment, an elaborate burl wood dashboard draws the eyes and hands with an enticing array of RR-branded Smiths gauges and polished metal switchgear. Note also the twin arm rests on each side, as well as a small control panel for factory air conditioning - still a fairly rare and extremely pricey option at the time this car was constructed.
In back, with occasional-use foldaway seats stowed, legroom for passengers seated on the wide, deep sofa-like bench is best measured by the acre. The left-side rear occupant has controls for the radio, and a wood drinks cabinet provides refreshments. The car is sold with fairly extensive documentation including copies of factory work orders used during its construction, maintenance records and more.
Phantom Vs are among the most exclusive RR automobiles ever built, and even by modern standards, their smoothness of operation, ride quality, and general levels of refinement still impress. This particular example is an exceptional example of the marque and would prove a fine addition to any collection.