I’ve been a big fan of the Rolls Royce Phantom for years. In fact, the first Rolls Royce Phantom I got was supposedly for my business, but instead, I decided to use it as my personal car. I have a business of renting wedding cars in South Wales and I’ve added more Rolls Royce cars when the business grew. I still kept the first Phantom I got and it’s still working like a charm.
I am definitely not surprised why my Phantom is a survivor. That’s because Rolls Royce have been making Phantoms since the last century. This line of tried and tested Phantoms have made Rolls Royce the brand to get if you’re looking for extremely good-looking vintage cars with the speed of a modern day car.
The line started with the dependable Rolls-Royce Phantom I. Designed as a last minute replacement for the original Silver Ghost, it was introduced as the New Phantom in 1925 and has a larger engine than the Silver Ghost. There were two versions of the car model; the English Phantom and the American Phantoms. Phantom I was one of the last 40/50 hp models, right next to its successor, the Rolls-Royce Phantom II.
The Phantom II was my favorite vintage car. It replaced the New Phantom in 1929 and is using a new and improved version of the Phantom I engine. The car also featured an all-new engine chassis; the front axle was mounted on semi-elliptical leaf springs like the old 40/50 hp model cars, but the difference is with the rear axle; it was now placed on top of semi-elliptical springs instead of the cantilever springs.
The Phantom II served very well during its time and it even appeared in the 2010 movie “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice.”
When the war erupted, Rolls-Royce had to stop producing the Phantoms because of the war effort. In 1950, they decided to build the next generation Phantom, which was the Rolls-Royce Phantom IV. Considered as the most exclusive Phantom ever built, the Phantom IV was used as the cars of the elite and the powerful. In fact, it became the favorite car of the Royal Family of England.
Rolls Royce produced more Phantoms after the Phantom IV. Phantoms V and VI were introduced in 1959 and 1968. By 2003, the company created the new Rolls Royce Phantom and is still in production. The latest model is the Rolls-Royce Phantom Coupe.