1960 Rolls-Royce Phantom V Park Ward Limousine
£160,000 | Location: United Kingdom
Originally commissioned for the London High Commissioner for Nigeria. This Phantom V is in superb condition having been the recipient of massive service expenditure to keep in the condition we find it today. Its colours are identical the Queens Phantom VI in the Royal mews.
The classic Mason’s Black & Royal Garnet paintwork is laid down over straight alloy panels with excellent alignment and fit. Getting such a large car to appear so straight in a two tone paint scheme is no easy task and is a testament to the quality and care given to the car over the years. A single coach line in gold accents the paintwork.
Chrome adornment is limited to bumpers, light trims, a subtle waist strip and of course, the prominent Rolls Royce radiator shell. A radiator-mounted flag holder hints at this car’s period diplomatic duties. All of the brightwork is presented in very good order, with deep, clear reflections and no corrosion. Our service manager remembers the car coming into Jack Barclays for service work back in the day when it covered very few miles ferrying diplomats round the London circuit. After that it went to a private collection where again it was sparsely used.
The interior is wonderfully presented, with a black driver’s compartment contrasting a cream beige passenger compartment, separated by a power divider that glides up & down at the touch of a button. The chauffeur’s compartment is beautifully trimmed in its original black leather with no evident wear. The Black Wilton carpets are in excellent order, covered with black deep pile lambs wool rugs and the gorgeous woodwork provides a visual lift to the businesslike driver’s office. An under-dash A/C unit keeps the driver and front passenger comfortable, while all original instruments and switchgear present in excellent order.
The rear compartment is a drastic contrast to the front, with a light and airy feeling courtesy of the cream beige Connolly hides, light Wilton rugs, and plenty of glass. Integrated into the divider is a beautifully finished wood bar, an originally-fitted option which includes a pair of crystal decanters. Flanking the bar is a pair of jump seats trimmed in leather and vents for the rear-mounted air conditioning system. Door cards are in excellent order, with beautiful banded-wood caps surrounding the cabin. Rear passengers are whisked along in opulence, with gorgeous cream leather seats, individual cigarette lighters, carpeted foot rests and a separate set of controls for the rear air conditioning system.
The engine bay presents beautifully with a few modern upgrades for the sake of reliable operation. Correct finishes adorn the rocker covers, ancillaries and firewall. The car is an outstanding driver, with its previous owner using the car sparingly for shows and events. It rides on a set of Michelin X radial tires, a widely accepted modern alternative to the original crossply tires, well suited to the performance characteristics of this large limousine.
Indicated mileage is 34,000. This we believe to be correct given the total absence of wear to the brake & throttle pedals & drivers seat. Additionally, the car drives in a smooth, tight, taut manner. Given its limited diplomatic use & years spent in a collection the indicated mileage almost certainly is correct.
We have performed a full service upon this Rolls Royce Phantom V when it arrived. The car is also UK registered with a UK V5 Document. To sum up this is a car in impeccable order with the benefit of an aftermarket air-conditioning system to keep the occupants cool. It exudes gravitas in large measures & makes a real statement upon its imperious arrival. Being a 7 seat vehicle it lends itself well to events such as Henley & Ascot, but is equally at home as a London limousine similar to the last one we sold.