Rare Rolls-Royce Phantom I to Be Auctioned
The Rolls-Royce, chassis 17EX, was one of only three experimental chassis produced by the British carmaker. After it was completed, the car was sold to Maharaja Hari Sigh Bahadur, who kept it until 1932. However, the car remained in India until it was shipped back to Europe, 44 years later.
After its restoration, the 17EX was showcased at several events and even won the Trofeo Rolls-Royce award for the most elegant Rolls-Royce, at the 1996 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.
Joining the 1928 Rolls-Royce Phantom I at the Automobiles of London event is the 1950 Aston Martin DB2 Team Car ‘VMF 64’, which was the factory racer for five years and was used by David Brown, the Aston Martin Chairman, as his personal transport.
“The Rolls-Royce Phantom I has a magnificent history and provenance, while the Aston Martin DB2 is undoubtedly the most significant and original Aston Martin Factory team car ever to be offered at public auction. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to offer both at our upcoming London sale,” said Max Girardo, Managing Director of RM Europe in a statement for the press.
Other rare vehicles that are set to go under the hammer include a 1967 Ferrari 330 GTC Zagato, a 1932 Lancia Astura Limousine by Boneschi and a 1947 Cisitalia 202 Cabriolet.
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