In 1925, Rolls-Royce introduced the "New Phantom", later referred to as Phantom I, successor to the long-running but aging Silver Ghost. Although the chassis was an evolution of the Ghost, the engine was new, with overhead valves and larger displacement of 7,668 cc.
The blind rear quarters identify this Phantom I (chassis 78UF) as Barker's Brougham Limousine de Ville. Painted in "Hershey Chocolate Bar Brown", it has faux cane-work on the lower rear body, a black rear-mounted trunk and full body-color wheel discs, a Barker hallmark. There are coach-lamps mounted on the center pillars and side-lamps on the front fenders. Headlamps are Lucas Biflex units. A single spare tire is carried in the right front fender. The graceful Spirit of Ecstasy mascot, of course, appears on the radiator cap.
The passenger compartment is upholstered in linen. Jump seats fold down from the center division, and there is an under-seat heater at the rear, as well as in front. The compartment is outfitted with mirrored and lighted vanity cabinets in the rear quarters, a small skylight and a set of glasses with decanter. The division bulkhead has a sliding window. The open chauffeur's compartment has a fabric roof, green leather seat and a handsome burl walnut dashboard.
In 2011, this vehicle was offered for sale at the Amelia Island auction by RM Auctions with an estimate of $150,000 to $250,000 and offered without reserve. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $99,000 including buyer's premium.
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