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Segment: Luxury

The Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville was the last luxury vehicle that Henry Royce worked on and the last V-12 Rolls-Royce built until the 1998 Silver Seraph.

Built with majestic bodywork, the Phantom III Sedanca de Ville featured an exquisite bodywork built by the renowned coachbuilder Mulliner between 1936 and 1939. It showed the wealth of its owner and the power of its builder.

The Sedanca name came from Sedan and Cabriolet since the vehicle featured a closed bodywork for the rear passengers and a removable top for the driver area. The same bodywork was named De Ville by other carmakers, but Mulliner had its idea on how to name its products. With a tall and flat front radiator and the famous statue on top of it, the vehicle showed nothing more than opulence. Behind the cabin, the carmaker installed the trunk with an up-hinged lid.

Mulliner built the unusually high greenhouse so the owner could wear a tall hat while comfortably seated in the back. Inside, the coachbuilder installed a comfortable leather-wrapped bench in the back, with side armrests. As an option, the carmaker offered a wooden minibar in front of the rear seats.

Under the hood, the 7.3-liter V-12 engine was an engineering masterpiece for those times. It featured hydraulic tappets and a twin-spark ignition system (two ignition coils and 24 spark plugs). But the system proved to be less reliable, and starting with 1938, the carmaker installed regular, adjustable tappets.

ROLLS-ROYCE Phantom III Sedanca de Ville by H.J. Mulliner 1936 - 1939
ROLLS-ROYCE Phantom III Sedanca de Ville by H.J. Mulliner (1936 - 1939)
ROLLS-ROYCE Phantom III Sedanca de Ville by H.J. Mulliner 1936 - 1939
  1 gasoline engine
  • 7.3 V12

ROLLS-ROYCE Phantom III Sedanca de Ville by H.J. Mulliner 7.3 V12

ENGINE SPECS  –  7.3 V12
Cylinders
V12
Displacement
7340 cm3
Power
122 KW @ 3000 RPM
165 HP @ 3000 RPM
164 BHP @ 3000 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
95 mph (153 km/h)
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
Manual, 4 Speed
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Drums
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
7.00x18
DIMENSIONS
Length
213 in (5410 mm)
Width
75 in (1905 mm)
Front/rear Track
62.5/62.5 in (1,588/1,588 mm)
Wheelbase
142 in (3607 mm)
Ground Clearance
8.7 in (221 mm)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
5825 lbs (2642 kg)
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