1936 Rolls Royce Phantom 3 Thrupp & Maberly Sports Saloon
Chassis number: 3-AZ-96
Registration Number: TG218318 (swiss)
Delivered new in London to Count Kurt von Haugwitz-Hardenberg-Reventlow who was the husband of heiress Barbara Hutton & clearly knew a good thng when he saw it both in women & in cars.
This rakish sports saloon has drop dead styling by noted builders Thupp & Maberly incorporating their signature swept boot lid into the design. The car is also graced with wheel spats which add to the roaring '30's art decco elegance.
This Phantom 3 has been under the current tenure for several decades having been purchased in London. Now being sold due to advancing age, the car will need a full recommissioning service prior to extended use. We fired it up after several years of very little use & drove it 15 or so miles up a Swiss pass for photography. The engine is quiet & showed no overheating tendencies on the steep climb. It ran slightly rough at first as might be expected but started to clear itself well by the end of the photo shoot on the way back to its garage. Oil Pressure was good & water temperature 60 degrees rising to 75 on the long climb out from Lake Constance.
Paintwork is older two tone grey which suits the car well & to some degree along with the stylish coachwork masks its vast size as make no mistake; these are large and grand cars. There are a couple of minor scrapes on the body which could do with being blown in to make the car more perfect.
To the interior is grey leather front & rear. This is a non division car in the tradition of an owner driver sports saloon & has copious room for both front & rear passengers to travel in the utmost comfort.
Massive bills come with the car from Phantom 3 experts such as John Little showing the level of car & detail the engine has recieved during the current onwership. Aside from needing a service & an exhaust blow, the car has the appearnace & feel of being a well looked after mechanically sound car lacking in vices or problems. Indeed a treatise on how to make a Phantom 3 run cool comes with the car & this has been adhered to & its suggestions imlemented by the current owner; a necessity when operating one of these in the land of long alpine passes.
The odometer shows some 72,000 miles & was close to 50,000 when purchased. The dash & door caps are all of lovely burr walnut in good order in its original finish. An underfloor heater was installed from new with an exit vent behind the rear seats & heating controls for hot/cool on/off on the dash. Two history folders come with the car far too voluminous for us to photograph in their entirety
It would be hard to find a closed Phantom three with more stylish coachwork.
Viewings are just south of Lake constance near Romanshorn by Prior appointment.