November 8, 2007
Rare Canadian-bought 1935 Rolls-Royce to be auctioned by Barrett-Jackson
1935 Rolls Royce. Click image to enlarge
Scottsdale, Arizona – A rare 1935 Rolls-Royce originally purchased in Montreal will be sold at no reserve at the 37th annual Barrett-Jackson Collector Car Event auction in January 2008 in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Phantom II is one of only 19 cars built that year as a coupe, and one of only two completed by coachbuilder Hooper & Company.
The black and grey coupe was specially-ordered in December 1934 through R.P. Collyer Ltd. of Montreal, the only Rolls-Royce dealer in Canada at the time. Specific design elements ordered by the owner included sloping bonnet shutters, Dunlop Fort Silent Tread tires, and an unusual request that no spare tire carriers be mounted in the front fenders as was common at the time. The right-hand drive car is equipped with a six-cylinder engine with four-speed manual transmission, and was restored in the late 1980s.
“Combining sport-motoring with elegant design was a technique mastered by prewar coachbuilders in England,” said Steve Davis, President, Barrett-Jackson Auction Company. “The Rolls-Royce Phantom II, along with classics from historic stables such as Bentley, Aston Martin and MG, represented the pinnacle of that era with design elements that remain unmatched today. As one of only two Phantom II coupes bodied by Hooper, this Rolls will create quite a stir among prewar collectors familiar with the value of this great classic.”