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History of the Rolls Royce Phantom

Famed for its elegant, prestige, luxury vehicles, the British car manufacturer Rolls-Royce has provided cars for celebrities and royalty during its lifespan. It’s most famous model is the Phantom, a model that harks back to its very beginnings. Let’s take a look back at this iconic car across its eight generations.

Rolls-Royce Phantom I

The first Phantom was launched in 1925 to replace their iconic Silver Ghost. It was the company’s second 40/50hp model.

Rolls-Royce Phantom II

The second Phantom followed close behind the original, using a similar engine but in a whole new chassis. In the US, the car was famous for being one of the gifts used to greet Marlene Dietrich’s arrival in Hollywood.

Rolls-Royce Phantom III

The final pre-war Rolls-Royce, it was the only V12 Rolls-Royce for almost sixty years. The Phantom III has the distinction of being the last car that company co-founder Henry Royce worked on before his passing.

Rolls-Royce Phantom IV

1950 saw the return of the Phantom, but in the company’s most exclusive model ever made. Just eighteen were built in its lifetime between 1950 and 1956. Surprisingly, sixteen of these exclusive models survive in museums and car collections across the world.

Rolls-Royce Phantom V

The Phantom V has a much more refined look than previous models, going more for class than the sportiness of the early versions. Compared to the IV, the Phantom V was abundant – 516 were made.

Rolls-Royce Phantom VI

Ten years later, the Phantom VI made its debut. This iteration was designed to be a limousine. Two of these specific model are used by Queen Elizabeth II herself. Whether they are fitted with seatbelts or not is another matter. Again, these cars were very exclusive, with just 374 sold.

Rolls-Royce Phantom VII

Thirty five years after the Phantom VI made its debut, the Phantom VII was launched. Unlike previous models, the 2003 seventh generation is much blockier than the long elegant curves of its predecessors. It was the first model produced after BMW’s acquisition of the company and won Top Gear’s car of the year award.

Rolls-Royce Phantom VIII

The most recent model was launched in July 2017,keeping the square and blocky feel of the VII. It has the long bonnet, rear suicide doors, and a version of the iconic Rolls-Royce “Pantheon grille”. Whether it will prove to be a success in the long term remains to be seen, but motoring journalists have given the car rave reviews so far.

published: 21/11/2017 09:16:20

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