1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III: The Refined Classics

1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III: The Refined Classics

Engine V12Horsepower 180 HP (132.48 KW) @ 3000 RPMEngine Location FrontDrive Type RWD Weight 5800 lbs | 2630.836 kg Transmission 4-speed manual

The Phantom III was the flagship model of Rolls-Royce during the pre-war period and was renowned for its advanced technology, luxury, and performance. It was a symbol of prestige and exclusivity, and its V12 engine was considered state-of-the-art at the time. The fact that Henry Royce himself worked on the car until his death emphasizes its significance and legacy.

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The Rolls-Royce Phantom III was a significant upgrade from the previous vehicle. It featured a new more powerful engine, which offered an improved performance compared to the previous inline-six. The luxurious automobile also featured an advanced suspension system, which provided a smoother and more comfortable ride. Its modern look and improved aerodynamics met the demands of the most scrupulous owner, and a more spacious and luxurious interior, with a range of new features and amenities, established the third Phantom as a flagship automobile and set a new standard for luxury and performance in the automobile industry.

The origins

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Rolls-Royce was known for infrequently updating its lineup, and keeping its vehicles in production for extended periods. However, with the advancement of technology, the brand had to adapt to keep up, leading to updates in its models, including the new Phantom which had the first V12 engine in UK automotive history and a dual ignition system. The new automobile was the third generation of the famous line created and produced from 1936 to 1939. In fact, it became the final pre-war automobile and the brand’s only V12 car until the Silver Seraph was introduced in 1998. Overall, during the short production period, 727 chassis were built, and many survived to this day. The first automobile of the 1936 release was powered by an aluminum alloy V12 engine of 7.32 liters, with a unique twin ignition system and a 4-speed manual transmission with overdrive. The automobile also featured an independent front suspension, onboard jacking, and a one-shot chassis lubrication system. It had a top speed of 87 mph and a 0-60 mph time of 16.8 seconds. Like all brand’s automobiles, this model was released as open chassis, and its body was created by one of several third-party coachbuilders such as Park Ward, Mulliner, Hooper, etc. As the last vehicle to be produced before World War II, it was considered to be a marvel of engineering at the time.

The 1937 model year

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The 1937 version was powered by a 7.3-liter V12 engine, which was an upgrade from the previous inline-six engine. The V12 engine produced around 120 horsepower and was known for its smooth and powerful performance. The car was equipped with a four-speed manual transmission and hydraulic brakes. In terms of suspension, the 1937 edition featured a semi-elliptical spring setup for the front and rear axles. This provided a smoother and more comfortable ride compared to the previous model. The vehicle also had a more aerodynamic design, with a longer hood and streamlined body. The interior of the 1937 Phantom III was more spacious and luxurious, with improved amenities and features. The car was equipped with leather upholstery, power windows, and an adjustable steering wheel. Other upgrades included a more advanced heating and ventilation system, a wider range of adjustable seats, and a larger trunk. Compared to the previous model year Phantom III, the 1937 edition offered improved performance, comfort, and luxury. These upgrades helped to establish the Phantom III as a flagship model and set a new standard for luxury vehicles.

Did you know?

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The 1937 edition appeared in the James Bond film “Goldfinger” as Bond’s (starring Sean Connery) personal automobile. The luxurious vehicle was featured prominently in the film and became an iconic part of the Bond franchise. Its appearance in the film helped to further cement the model’s reputation as a luxurious, powerful, and stylish automobile.

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1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III: The Refined Classics

Engine V12Horsepower 180 HP (132.48 KW) @ 3000 RPMEngine Location FrontDrive Type RWD Weight 5800 lbs | 2630.836 kg Transmission 4-speed manual

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