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Rolls-Royce Phantom III


Rolls-Royce Phantom III

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

Top speed:93 mph (150 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-95 km/h):16.5 sec
Engine type:V12
Displacement:448 ci (7,340 cc)
Transmission:4-speed manual
Max power:160 bhp (119 kW) at 4,000 rpm
Max torque:not quoted
Weight:5,800 lb (2,610 kg)
Economy:12 mpg (4.3 km/I)
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