Rolls-Royce Phantom sold on CC AH (2)

Many manufacturers offer buyers some impressive premium and luxury vehicles, from refined saloons to the most lavishly equipped SUVs. However, Rolls-Royce is still considered by most enthusiasts as the pinnacle of opulent motoring. With a storied history leading all the way back to its formation in 1906, the world-famous marque has always prided itself on craftsmanship and engineering prowess.

BMW took over the Rolls-Royce marque in 2003, and shortly after it launched the all-new Phantom VII, which is widely credited with successfully reviving the iconic brand and restoring its reputation for producing some of the most luxurious and sophisticated cars on the road. Now boasting a world-renowned reputation for excellence, modern Rolls-Royce cars have become some of the most desirable vehicles to add to a collection.

Our Auction Highlight focus this week is this elegant Rolls-Royce Phantom that was brought to market in October 2020, and which represented a superb opportunity to acquire a handsome and cherished example of the outstanding limousine.

First registered in January 2012, this example was supplied to its first and only owner by Rolls-Royce Motor Cars in London, and it was offered for sale showing just 21,037 miles from new. The Phantom was specified in a timeless grey hue, highlighted by the instantly recognisable ‘Pantheon’ front grille proudly topped by the Spirit of Ecstasy. It rode on a set of 21-inch seven-spoke alloy wheels featuring independent centre cap bezels, allowing the ‘RR’ monograms to remain upright while the wheels rotate.

Under the sweeping bonnet sat the remarkably smooth 6.75-litre naturally aspirated V12, delivering 453bhp to the rear wheels via an effortless six-speed automatic transmission. This refined powerplant gave the Phantom impressive pace for its size, travelling from 0-60mph in 5.9 seconds.

Inside, the luxuriously appointed cabin was trimmed in Signal Red natural grain leather, which remained in impeccable condition. The extensive factory specification included an electric glass sunroof, a veneered instrument panel, burr walnut trim, individual theatre seats, a drinks cabinet, a coolbox, six-DVD changer, reversible footrests, and the marque’s signature starlight headliner.

Accompanied by all the original owner’s manuals, two spare keys and the fully stamped service booklet; this beautifully specified Rolls-Royce Phantom was a pristine and meticulously maintained example of the acclaimed luxury saloon. It attracted over 140 watchers, and after more than 70 bids, it was secured by its next owner for £106,000.

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