Committed enthusiasts believe the Phantom HI to be the last 'true' Rolls-Royce. It was the last car worked on by company founder Henry Royce and retained traditional company virtues such as exclusive coachbuilt bodywork and an interior that was a masterpiece of fine craftsmanship, but it was significant for other reasons, too, not least its all-new VI2 engine. Built to compete with successful designs from rivals such as Cadillac and Packard, the 7.3-liter unit was incredibly smooth and refined, while in true Rolls-Royce fashion its power output, estimated by many to be about 160bhp, was kept a closely guarded secret. The Phantom III was also the first Rolls-Royce to use independent front suspension, in the form of a General Motors-designed coil and wishbone set up. Only 710 examples were built between 1936 and the outbreak of war in 1939.
Rolls-Royce Phantom III Specifications
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