In 1936 Rolls-Royce made their first move away from the highly successful six-cylinder engine with the introduction of the Phantom III. For the first time in nearly three decades Rolls-Royce chose to power their new model with a V12 engine following several years of development. The new V12 engine was fitted with overhead valves and could produce very impressive performance figures, especially when considering the sheer size and weight of the finished motorcar. Speeds in excess of 80mph were well within this powerful models grasp. Production of the Phantom IIs successor continued until 1939, available in just one size that being a 142-inch wheelbase, with little more than 700 chassis rolling off the production line at the factory. Most of the chassis produced were fitted with formal four door coachwork, but a select few were commissioned with more stylish bodies such as Chassis No 3AX59 which was completed to Design No 1751 by Freestone & Webb, a unique and extremely elegant Sedanca de Ville design. It was originally finished in black with a light blue interior and complete with twin side mounted spare wheels and individually adjustable bucket type front seats.
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Four speed manual gearbox, 12 cylinder V configuration engine, 7.3 litres displacement, 7,338cc capacity. Servo-assisted four-wheel brakes.