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Great looking piece of art from Rolls royce almost a century ago
Purchased at auction this 1928 Rolls Royce spent the next few years entertaining the Houston public in a variety of community events, including the Houston Thanksgiving Parade. This vehicle is an intricate piece of machinery that has been maintained for the better part of a decade to the point where it still is a smooth and easy driver.
The Phantom line was introduced by Rolls-Royce in 1925 to succeed the Silver Ghost and took pieces of the previous chassis but was built upon a new engine. The upgraded engine featured a 7,668cc displacement and created 120 horsepower with aluminum heads vs. the older cast iron.
Even with a larger displacement and more horsepower, the Phantoms were designed heavier and therefore lost out on performance metrics when compared to the previous generations. This Boattail version was specifically commissioned to improve on the performance by lowering overall weight. The new body was built by coach-builders Barker & Co, a company founded in 1710 but that lost out as technological advances increased. They were eventually absorbed into what is now Daimler.
In April 2008, the engine was disassembled and inspected by High Mountain Classics in Berthoud, Colorado, who fitted new rings and valve guides and resurfaced the valve faces. They also rebuilt the carburetor, replaced hoses, and repaired all discrepancies found. A Mitchell overdrive unit has been installed, which allows effortless highway speeds for touring. The car easily cruises with modern highway traffic at 75 miles per hour. It has the familiar Rolls-Royce complement of four-wheel servo-assisted brakes, wire wheels, and the famous polished aluminum bonnet. The car's early life involved Hollywood glitterati, fleeting oil riches, and litigious divorce. This Rolls-Royce is paired with a file of documentation which includes service paperwork, copies of factory records, and extensive operating instructions.