Friday, November 12, 2021

1925 Rolls Royce Phantom 1 Jonckheere Coupe

Custom coachbuilding of the 1920s and 30s was the ultimate form of self-expression for the rich and famous. A company accustomed to building buses and trucks wouldn’t be the typical choice to build the coachwork for a Rolls-Royce, yet Jonckheere Carrossiers of Belgium did that when they re-bodied a 1925 Phantom I with the most distinctive Rolls-Royce coachwork ever created.
In 1936 it received the Prix d’Honneur at the Cannes Concours d’Elegance. It then passed through several owners before making its way to the United States just before WWII. The car fell into disrepair. It was discovered again in the 1950s but in near derelict condition. By 1991 it crossed the auction block for the amount of $1.5m to a Japanese collector.
Engine is a naturally aspirated straight 6 with a displacement of 7,668cc.
All of the faulty design elements mean nothing when reflecting on the real purpose of this car; to impress all who see it. This monster makes a serious statement.
The car made 108 bhp @ 2,300 rpm through a four-speed manual. The 'Round Door Rolls' has been part of the Petersen Museum collection since 2001.
It is a key part of the vault at the Petersen Museum and the 3.5-tonne behemoth needs no introduction.