Cars We Love: 1925 Rolls-Royce Phantom

Here’s an entry in a new series, where we share with you some of the cars that are special to us. They might have been selected for their design, their utility, their sheer outrageousness, or for some other yet-to-be-determined reason. We’d love to hear your thoughts – what vehicles do you love?

1925 Rolls-Royce Phantom Jonckheere Aerodynamic Coupe
The Phantom Coupe was introduced in 1925 as the successor to the Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost. Featuring a new straight-six engine for improved performance, the Phantom was manufactured at the Rolls-Royce factory in Derby, England; a North American version was built in Springfield, Massachusetts.

This sleek beauty, nicknamed the “Round Door Rolls,” has a storied history – it was sent to Belgium in the 1930s, where its originally conservative body was transformed by Henri Jonckheere, who added swooping Art Deco-inspired curves, round doors, two sunroofs, a sloping rear shell, and more customizations. The car was owned by a Raja and possibly by the Duke of Windsor before it somehow ended up in New Jersey in the 1950s, in dire need of repair. Thankfully, it was completely restored and now resides in the vault of the Petersen Auto Museum in Los Angeles. While the Round Door Rolls is priceless, Rolls-Royce still produces a Phantom model today; a 2014 Phantom Coupe will set you back around $475,000.

 

Photo Credit: Rex Gray

Sources
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rolls-Royce_Phantom_I
http://www.autoblog.com/2007/06/04/most-ominous-rolls-ever-created-makes-l-a-appearance/
http://www.ultimatecarpage.com/car/2851/Rolls-Royce-Phantom-I-Jonckheere-Coupe.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NREsBOhRSaM

 

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