1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental 3 Position Drophead Coupe
Rolls-Royce 1934 Phantom II Continental Three Position Drophead Coupe by HJ Mulliner
1934 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Three Position Drophead Coupe by HJ Mulliner
Chassis number 120SK
Painted Ebony and French Gray.
The interior is Taupe with Ebony finished Veneers.
With optional rear wheel covers.
This lovely Phantom II Continental by H.J. Mulliner is one of three similar cars commissioned by the London dealer Jack Barclay. This one was built for Lord Numburholm of Bryanston Square, London, in May of 1934. (A factory Mulliner photo of the car, as new, is featured in the book, Those Elegant Rolls-Royce by Lawrence Dalton, on p. 149).
In 1936 the car was in the hands of its second owner, Mrs. Carrigan of Regents Park. In 1946, 120SK changed hands a third time, to Mr. R.A.G. Edwards on Throgmorton Street, London. By 1949 the car was in the care of Mr. P.M. Gardner in Negeve, France. Around 1955 it was imported to the United States and owned by Mr. Frank Allen of Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts who then sold 120SK to the renowned Barrymore Collection in California where it resided for many years.
The genius of the coach builder H.J. Mulliner, compared to their competitor Gurney Nutting, who H.R. Ownen commissioned to build a similar 3 position drop-head, is that the top in this Mulliner version really goes down and makes into a very beautiful convertible. The Gurney Nutting is never shown in the down position because it looks so awkward.
120SK remains in exceptional condition. It is largely unrestored primarily because the quality of its care has rendered complete restoration unnecessary. Nonetheless, it has been well maintained throughout its life, with each caretaker apparently carrying out the necessary maintenance, including occasional improvements to cosmetics as needed. The car has just completed a comprehensive freshening, including new paint, interior, top, and headliner, as well as re-polishing the interior woodwork. It drives well, and is in excellent mechanical order throughout. It is in many ways the ideal collector car, being good enough to show with pride, while remaining eminently usable for tours and other driving events.
It comes with the hand book and a very extensive history file including the Rolls-Royce build sheets.