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1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Sport Saloon


  • Body Type: Luxury
  • Model Year: 1933
  • Trans: Manual
  • Fuel Type: Gas
  • Ext color: Maroon
  • Int color: Tan

1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Sport Saloon by Gurney Nutting
Chassis: 136PY

Dark Brown Maroon Exterior
Tan Leather Interior
Burled walnut dash and picnic tables
Very rare steel sunroof
7.7 Liter Inline 6 Cylinder
4-Speed synchromesh manual gearbox
144″ Wheelbase

One of only 281 Short wheelbase Continental models
Gurney Nutting Sport Saloon Body

Restored by Hill and Vaughn
Winner of Most Elegant Rolls-Royce Pebble Beach
2-National First Place Winner CCCA
First in Class RROC National Meet

Beautiful body lines with low roof and windscreen
Runs and drives beautifully
New Tires and Wheel Discs
Right Hand Drive

The first owner, Frederick Sidney Cotton OBE, was an Australian inventor, aviator, and photographer. He was a combat pilot, eventually becoming a Squadron Leader in the Royal Air Force for the PDU (Photographic Development Unit). He developed an early color film process as well as photographic reconnaissance. Some of his close friends were George Eastman, Ian Fleming, and Winston Churchill. The next UK owners of record were Mrs. A.T. Ellis (1935) and H. Brooks (1936). The next owners of record were members of the Rolls-Royce Owners’ Club (RROC) in the US: James H. Parkinson (1969), and Robert H. Vernon (1973-2000). During Mr. Vernon’s ownership, the car received a complete restoration from Fred Buess, and Hill and Vaughn in 1983. It was then shown at Pebble Beach that same year, where it took second in the Rolls-Royce Prewar class and won the “Gwenn Graham Most Elegant Closed Car” trophy. In the following two years it won two first place awards at the CCCA Grand Classics, and first place in the Phantom II class at the 1987 RROC Annual Meet. The car was auctioned by RM at Amelia Island in 2001, and remained in private hands since. The 1930s was the height of the classic era, and this Rolls-Royce embodies all the hallmarks—the grace, luxury and style—that the finest automobiles of that time shared. This car’s Continental chassis sets it apart from other Phantom IIs, and its distinctive bespoke coachwork sets it apart from all other Phantom II Continentals. This car will surely have pride of place in its next owner’s collection.

The Phantom II chassis was a favorite with coachbuilders—the balance and proportions of the chassis allowed for stylish bodies during the height of the classic era, and the Continental chassis even helped sedan configurations to take on a sporting look. This look was further enhanced with the Phantom II’s adoption of semi-elliptic springs for front and rear, which significantly lowered the chassis compared to its predecessor. The Continental chassis went further, with its use of stiffer five-leaf suspension. The Phantom II also featured central chassis lubrication, which was previously only available in the Springfield Phantom I. The coachbuilding firm of J. Gurney Nutting was formed in 1918 and quickly became known for their sporting bodies—producing bodies ranging from the iconic Maharajah Holkar of Indore’s SJ Duesenberg to Sir Malcolm Campbell’s 1931 Blue Bird world speed record vehicle, and of course, Rolls-Royce motorcars. Of the 34 cars Gurney Nutting made for all Phantom II Continental production, only four were 4-door saloons. Of those four, 109SK had a different design and a rear mounted spare, and 39MW had its body replaced with a Barker limousine. The bodies for 136PY and 118PY were made alongside each other, and even here, the art of the bespoke coachbuilder created different lock barrel waist lines and differing positions for the wing lamps (a/k/a trafficator turn signals). The result was that no two cars were ever the same. Distinctive Gurney Nutting design features, like the integrated front wing lights, added to the subtle and elegant look of this car’s design.


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