This Phantom has the distinction of having been in the Royal household, being owned previously by H.R.H. Edward, Duke of Kent. It was in his use and service up until November 1996 during which time it was kept in good order by the Rolls-Royce London Service Centre. In their hands it had received a new engine in 1989 and just prior to its being sold it had undergone extensive restoration work, including new rear springs. While in his custody, the car was in Mason's Black livery with a fawn leather and cloth interior, which included a Cartier clock on its division, naturally it carried the blue bullet lamp in the centre of its roof signifying its Royal ownership, and had provision for the Royal Standard. The car was sold at public auction in 1996, being acquired by the current owners for the same rationale as for the Phantom VI in that it was an extremely good example and hence a fine basis for future use in service.
On acquisition it was also comprehensively refurbished with new Harrods Green paintwork, faux basket weave to the sides of the car, a fawn ever-flex roof, retaining the Royal blue light, and dummy pram irons on the rear quarters. The interior was re-worked at the same time with dark green leather and cloth and updated with then current communications technology. The specification was incredibly lavish and generally an up-to-date technical aspect combined with cosmetics that gave a general nod to the centuries old coach-building customs.
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