Produced from 1968 to 1990 the Phantom VI was a remarkable creation of the British automaker, famous for its exclusivity, luxury features, and hand-crafted craftsmanship. Only 516 automobiles were built, making it one of the most exclusive and sought-after models ever produced. It was primarily used by royalty, heads of state, and wealthy folks.
The Rolls-Royce Phantom VI was the last in a series of super expensive automobiles of the brand that traced their lineage to the legendary Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost. Made in the best traditions of the brand, this vehicle looked like a luxurious classic already at the time of launch and was associated with the older era. Phantom VI was the last in the company’s history with a separate chassis. The reason for this was the continuation of landaulet (a removable and folding roof over the vehicle’s rear seats) line production. In total, only 16 landaulets with a folding roof were produced.
Source: Auto Vercity
Rolls-Royce began the production of the first generation Phantom back in 1925. The development was carried out secretly, and the project was codenamed “Eastern Armored Car.” This trick intended to create the impression that the company was preparing to produce military vehicles similar to those used during the First World War, therefore, to mislead the competitors. Moreover, armor plates were laid out at the factory to confuse all the curious folks who sought to learn the secrets of creating the “best car in the world.” Thus, one of the legendary luxury cars of the global automotive industry appeared, a sounding name destined to shape history. Keeping the best traditions of the brand, the automobile improved over the generations, reaching right up to the 6th generation.
The launch of the sixth generation of the Phantom automobile began in 1968 without stopping the production of its predecessor. This automobile was an actual royal car. No wonder one of them was gifted to the late Queen Elizabeth II for her “Silver Jubilee” in 1977. It was a present from the British automotive industry in honor of the 25th anniversary of Elizabeth’s accession to the throne. This particular vehicle appeared during the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. In 23 years, only 374 Rolls-Royce Phantom VIs were produced. The list of owners included Queen Elizabeth II, the Shah of Iran Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, the Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia, and the Sultan of Brunei, who owned four exclusively built models based on the Phantom VI.
The exquisite design of the 6th generation was developed back in 1959 for the previous generation model and did not change much since then, including the twin headlights. Nevertheless, its impeccable quality and high status won the title of the most prestigious vehicle in the world. The separate frame design inherited from the Silver Cloud was obsolete but fully justified because Mulliner Park Ward still built the bodies for it. This was a 7-seater limousine and custom-made landaulets with a retractable soft roof over the rear seats. Externally, the 6-meter automobile was identical to 5th-generation vehicles, but inside it featured a more modern instrument panel with gauges directly in front of the driver. The interior of the automobile was everything that a wealthy owner desired to have. There were the most precious woods, expensive leather, woolen carpets, and the latest electronic equipment: separate climate control, audio systems, TV, etc. The 1968 release’s chassis had a semi-elliptical rear axle and hydraulic drum brakes on all wheels. The same power unit as the Silver Shadow had was placed under its hood. It was a 6.2-liter V8 engine with two SU carburetors increased to 6750 cm3 in 1979. It first developed “enough” power and mated to a 4-speed and then a 3-speed GM automatic transmission.
Source: Rolls-Royce Motor Cars Press-Club
Famous owners of the 1968 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI included Queen Elizabeth II of England, who used the car for state occasions and other official engagements, King Khalid of Saudi Arabia, King Juan Carlos I of Spain, and King Hassan II of Morocco. Other famous owners included politicians, business leaders, and celebrities such as Aristotle Onassis, Richard Nixon, and Frank Sinatra.
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