1926→1931 Rolls-Royce Springfield Phantom I


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Like the Silver Ghost, Rolls-Royce of America, Inc. produced their US domestic Phantoms from Springfield, Massachusetts. These vary in detail from their English counterparts, but had the same successful engineering under their American bodies. Production began in 1926, one year after the English cars.

Many of the American cars came with bodies produced in house by Rolls-Royce Custom Coachwork which unified the Springfield Phantoms somewhat. The purchase of Brewster & Co. in January of 1926 meant that many Phantoms were bodied in Long Island City in one of 26 distinct designs by Brewster's designer, Carl Beck.

Like the English Phantom, the new model greatly updated the Springfield Silver Ghost chassis and running gear. It was Rolls-Royce of America's flagship model until the Phantom II was released in 1929. Due to the high costs of factory tooling and the great depression, the Phantom II was produced exclusively in England.

Compared to the Silver Ghost, the single biggest upgrade was made to the engine which was cast in two blocks, each having three cylinders and detachable cylinder heads. With a pushrod, overhead valvetrain, the 7,668 cc unit was powerful enough to move around large cars. The engine's under square engine could run smoother and a lower rpm with a favorable torque curve.

The engine was attached to a separate 4-speed gearbox unit through a rubber coupling to reduce vibration. Power was send to the rear wheels though a torque tube. A complex system of levers and suspension required constant oiling to as many as 50 separate points. The standard chassis was 143.5 inches long and a long wheel base model 150.5 inches. Other upgrades from the Phantom included a disc-type clutch and adjustable radiator shutters.

Throughout production, the Phantom was upgraded in detail such as the cylinder which was cast in aluminum from 1928 onward.

Our feature example is one of the most desirable Springfield phantoms as bodied by Brewster in the York Roadster style. Purchased new in 1929, chassis S381LR cost $18,000 and was the most expensive body available. Only five cars were fitted with the York Roadster body.



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Chassis & Sales

1929 Rolls-Royce Springfield Phantom I Henley Convertible Coupé S182PM - sold for $238,000 Right-hand drive chassis number ‘S182PM’ is a Springfield Phantom I built in December 1926/January 1927 and originally fitted with a Brewster Chatsworth town car body. No record of its sale with the Chatsworth body can be found, but the car was almost certainly displayed for a year or so in one or more Rolls-Royce showrooms with that body. ‘S182PM’ was later fitted with this Brewster Henley body carrying Brewster number ‘B6004’. John W de Camp... more
Gallery: 2006 Monterey Preview



1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I York Roadster S381LR - sold for $986,000 The black Phantom I pictured here has chassis number S381LR and was constructed by Rolls-Royce of America, Inc. in Springfield, Massachusetts. It received a body by Brewster & Company in Long Island City, New York. Its sports roadster body was the most expensive style offered for the Phantom chassis. The body number 5599 indicates that this was the first of five such bodies produced. This car was originally delivered new to T.F. Manville Jr... more
Gallery: 2009 Gooding & Company Pebble Beach Auction



1929 Rolls-Royce Springfield Phantom I Henley Roadster S303LR - sold for $286,000 Springfield chassis S303LR carries with it an extensive and interesting ownership history. It was bodied originally as a Newmarket four-passenger convertible sedan when sold new in 1929 to its first owner, A.V. Frost of New York City. At some point in the 1930s, the original Newmarket body was removed, and a Picadilly Roadster body (which had been originally installed on sister chassis S140FR) was mounted. Finally, in 1940, S303LR received its... more
Gallery: 2010 Vintage Cars of Meadow Book by RM Auctions



1928 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Brewster Riviera Town Car S184PM - sold for $687,500 his Riviera Town Car, unlike most of the Springfield Rolls-Royce, was sent to Europe. In 1935, the car was purchased for Mrs. George Blumenthal and sent to her home at 15 Boulevard de Montmorency in Paris. Although strikingly Brewster, the Riviera received certain French touches, such as coach lamps with Mrs. Blumenthal’s initials and, most noticeably, the Marchal headlamps. The car must have been quite a sight in Paris or parked before the Bl... more
Gallery: 2011 Scottsdale Auction by Gooding & Company



1928 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Hibbard & Darrin Sedanca de Ville S187RP - sold for $137,500 Highly Original, Largely Unrestored Example. Ownership History from New. Documented by the RROC. One of Only Two Known to Exist with Hibbard & Darrin Coachwork. Ornately Detailed and Beautifully Appointed.
Gallery: 2011 Scottsdale Auction by Gooding & Company



1929 Rolls-Royce Springfield Phantom I Riviera Town Brougham - sold for €504,000 Offered from the Estate of John M. O’Quinn. One of only 10 bodied by Brewster & Co. Fascinating provenance, documented by Beverly Rae Kimes. Formerly owned by James H.R. Cromwell. Multiple awards, including 2003 Pebble Beach Class Winner and J.B. Nethercutt Award for Most Elegant Automobile. Magnificent gold-plated exterior trim with original exterior cane work.
Gallery: RM 2011 Villa d’Este Auction



1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Brewster Kenilworth S329FM - sold for $71,500 Formerly the Property of John Ford. Rich Hollywood Provenance. Just Two Long-Term Owners from New. An Exceedingly Rare Brewster Design. Highly Original, Unrestored Example. Eligible for RROC and CCCA Events. A Unique Preservation-Class Candidate.
Gallery: 2011 Pebble Beach Auctions by Gooding & Company



1930 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Springfield Brewster Newmarket S484MR - sold for $99,000 Formerly the Property of Arthur M. Loew and John W. Straus. New York City Ownership Since New. Exceptionally Original Car. Ideal Candidate for Preservative Restoration. A Time-Warp Springfield Example.
Gallery: 2011 Pebble Beach Auctions by Gooding & Company



1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Springfield Ascot Sport Phaeton S364LR - sold for $363,000 Sporting open coachwork. Well maintained older restoration. Fascinating early provenance, including Alphonzo E. Bell and Dave Garroway. Formerly in the Collection of Richard and Linda Kughn . S364LR is one of the rarest and most desirable of all Springfield Rolls-Royces. Well preserved, it is a particularly elegant design of a beautifully engineered motor car.
Gallery: 2011 Monterey Auction by RM



1928 Rolls-Royce Springfield Phantom I Hibbard & Darrin Town Car S275FP - did not sell for $235,000 No-expense-spared restoration completed in 2010. Nearly 80 years of single-family ownership. Springfield chassis, rare Hibbard & Darrin coachwork. Winner of “Most Elegant Car” at 2010 Glenmoor Gathering.
Gallery: 2011 Monterey Auction by RM



1928 Rolls-Royce Springfield Phantom I Newmarket Convertible Sedan by Brewster S393KP - did not sell for $130,000 Handsome Brewster Newmarket body. Complete history from new. Fresh paint and interior on lovely, low-mileage original car.
Gallery: Amelia Island 2012 by RM Auctions



1928 Rolls-Royce Springfield Phantom I Derby Speedster S185FR - sold for $687,500 One of the Most Beautiful Classic Rolls-Royce. Exceptionally Sporting Brewster Coachwork. One of Only Five Derby Speedsters Built. Part of the Pettit Collection for 60 Years. Original Chassis, Body and Engine. Ideal Candidate for a Concours-Quality Restoration. A Rare Opportunity for the Discerning Collector
Gallery: 2012 Pebble Beach Auctions by Gooding & Company



1928 Rolls-Royce Springfield Phantom I Tilbury Saloon S123RP - sold for $60,500 Chassis S123RP was purchased new by Edith Archibald, of New York City. William Ruger Sr. purchased this car as-restored in 1989 and enjoyed several long tours, most notably one from Prescott, Arizona to Pebble Beach, in which it performed admirably.
Gallery: 2012 St John's by RM Auctions



1931 Rolls-Royce Springfield Phantom II Brewster Henley Roadster 255AJS - sold for $687,500 Numbers-matching original car with complete documented history. Acclaimed as the most handsome Springfield Rolls-Royce design. Specifically featured in significant Rolls-Royce reference books. Single family ownership for the last 40 years. Superbly rebuilt by Frank Cooke, of Brookline, Massachusetts.
Gallery: Monterey 2012 by RM Auctions



1928 Rolls-Royce Springfield Phantom I Hibbard & Darrin Special Roadster S297FP - sold for $308,000 An Attractive, One-Off Springfield Rolls-Royce. Striking Parisian Design with Sporting Features. Matching-Numbers, Original-Bodied Example. Ownership History Documented by the RROC. Well-Maintained Example with Recent Cosmetic Attention. Ideal for RROC and CCCA Events.
Gallery: The 2013 Scottsdale Auctions by Gooding & Company



1929 Rolls-Royce Springfield Phantom I Brewster Ascot Tourer S178FR - did not sell for $308,000 Original Chassis, Engine, and Coachwork. Rolls-Royce Foundation Documentation with Known Ownership History from New. One of 28 Ascot Tourers Built by Brewster & Co. Offered with Recent Restoration Invoices. Featured in John Webb de Campi’s book Rolls-Royce in America.
Gallery: The 2013 Scottsdale Auctions by Gooding & Company



1931 Rolls-Royce Springfield Phantom I Brewster Seven-Passenger Tourer S199PR - sold for $286,000 One of the final Springfield-built Phantom Is delivered. Only four owners from new. British-bred American luxury, with room for seven.
Gallery: 2013 Arizona Auction by RM



1928 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Berline Brewster Trouville S241FP - sold for €43,125 'S241FP' is described as generally presentable; the paintwork is original, retaining Mary Rutter's initials, while the nickel/German Silver brightwork, the leather/cloth interior and the electrics are likewise entirely original. The electrics are in full working order; including the buzzer to call your chauffeur! The engine turns over and appears in generally good condition, although the cylinder head has at some time suffered a freeze crack. ... more
Gallery: 2013 Les Grandes Marques du Monde au Grand Palais



1929 Rolls-Royce Springfield Phantom I Brewster Derby Speedster S158FR - sold for $1,980,000 Arguably the Most Beautiful Classic Rolls-Royce. Exceptionally Sporting Brewster Coachwork. One of Only Four Derby Speedsters Extant. Genuine Example with Original Chassis, Body, and Engine. Owned by Respected Rolls-Royce Connoisseurs Since 1959. Pictured in John Webb de Campi’s Rolls-Royce in America. Restored by Clay Cook and Beautifully Maintained Since. Former CCCA and AACA First Prize Winner. Second in Class at the 1992 Pebble Beach Conco... more
Gallery: The 2013 Amelia Island Auction by Gooding & Company



1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Ascot Phaeton by Brewster S364LR - sold for $385,000 One of the sportiest Springfield Rolls-Royces. Built for A.E. Bell Sr., developer of Bel Air Estates. Formerly the property of TV and radio personality Dave Garroway, of NBC fame. Well-maintained example.
Gallery: 2013 Monterey Auction by RM Auctions



1931 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Hibbard & Darrin Imperial Cabriolet S112PR - sold for $126,500 Offered from a private collection. An American-built Rolls-Royce with French custom coachwork. Originally owned by vaudeville magnate Reed A. Albee. Formerly the property of Frank Cooke and Douglas Watson. Shown at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
Gallery: 2013 St. John's Auction



1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Brewster & Co. Newmarket S210KR - sold for $154,000 One of 67 Brewster Newmarket Bodies Fitted to the Springfield PI Chassis. One of 1,241 Examples of the Vaunted Springfield Phantom I. Documented Ownership History. Outstanding Color Combination. CCCA Full Classic.
Gallery: The Amelia Island Auction by Gooding & Company



1928 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Merrimac Pall Mall S103RP - sold for $203,500 One of 1,241 Examples of the Springfield Phantom I. Well-Documented Provenance. Perfect for Classic Car Tours and CCCA Caravans. Complete with Side Curtains, Top Boot, and Tools. AACA First Place Award Winner. CCCA Full Classic.
Gallery: The Amelia Island Auction by Gooding & Company



1929 Rolls-Royce Springfield Phantom I Brewster Ascot Tourer S398KP - sold for $335,000 The Ascot was restored by Crossthwaite & Gardner during his ownership in England, where it was painted in the elegant period-correct colors that it wears today. It was carefully maintained but seldom used over the passing years. Recently, it was refreshed by respected restorer Chris Charlton, who sorted the car properly, including installing new blackwall tires, flushing the fuel tank, and cleaning the carburetor. Mr. Charlton notes that the c... more
Gallery: Amelia Island 2014 by RM Auctions



1928 Rolls-Royce Springfield Phantom I Hibbard & Darrin S297FP Special Roadster - sold for $275,000 Offered from the estate of Charles “Chuck” Swimmer. Unique French Hibbard & Darrin coachwork. Accompanied by Rolls-Royce Foundation documentation. Spectacularly beautiful and exquisitely detailed.
Gallery: Amelia Island 2014 by RM Auctions



1927 Rolls-Royce Springfield Phantom I Peter Lamm Speedster S155PM - sold for $214,500 This Phantom I was delivered new to Hollywood actor Lewis Stone on Christmas Eve 1927, and it first wore an enclosed seven-passenger Arundel design by Brewster. After years of faithful service, in the early 1970s, the low-mileage, excellent-condition chassis was re-bodied in Australia, by Peter Lamm’s team of skilled coachbuilders, as an exact reproduction of another Brewster body, the Derby, which was a fully collapsible, four-passenger sport... more
Gallery: Amelia Island 2014 by RM Auctions



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