The 85 years old Rolls-Royce Phantom 10EX is up for auction. Built in 1926, the Experimental Phantom 1 Continental (10EX) has been called the first sports car developed by Rolls-Royce. The design focused on the ‘torpedo coachwork’ body style to give it a faster ride. Although many experimental Phantoms followed, this was the only one that the company held on to after it was done testing, and was even rumored to have been loaned out to Laurence of Arabia at one time.
The 1926 RR 10EX joins other seven Rolls models being auctioned off by RM Auctions at the Salon Privé luxury car show on June 23. The sell price is to fall between £400,000-£800,000 ($650,000 to $1.3 million).
Press Release: RM Auctions, the world’s largest collector car auction house for quality automobiles, is delighted to announce a selection of notable highlights for its forthcoming ‘Quintessentially English’ sale, at the Salon Privé luxury car show and Concours d’Elegance, 23rd June, 2011.
Held at the stunning Syon Park estate in West London, the recently-launched summer sale will lift the hammer on a host of great British marques, including Aston Martin, Jaguar and Rolls-Royce among others.
Max Girardo, Managing Director, RM Europe says, “We have pulled together a collection of very interesting and significant collector cars and motorcycles which represent some of the finest and most significant vehicles produced in England during the pre- and post-war periods.”
“This new annual sale is wonderful ’boutique’ style auction, which both complements the nature of Salon Privé and sits very comfortably alongside our broader Automobiles of London event at Battersea in October. It is not to be missed by anyone wanting to secure a genuine piece of English automotive history,” adds Girardo.
Unquestionably, one of the star consignments for the sale is the unique and historic 1926 Rolls Royce Experimental Phantom 1 Continental, ’10 EX’ (pictured). Commissioned by Mr. D. Claude Johnson, then Managing Director of Rolls-Royce Motors, 10 EX was the first prototype Phantom 1 Continental to be fitted with sports body ‘torpedo’ coachwork by Barker. Known as the ‘CJ Sportscar’, it was intended to gain top speed by a lighter body with a lower steering column, and became known as the first sports car to be produced by Rolls-Royce. Three subsequent cars were produced on this design, consecutively known as 15 EX, 16 EX and 17 EX, however, chassis 10 EX was the only experimental Phantom 1 Continental to be kept by Rolls-Royce Motors for six years and the only test car of the factory. During this time, this rakish sporting Rolls was reportedly loaned by the factory to Laurence of Arabia for continental touring. 10EX has an estimated value of £400,000-£800,000 and is one of seven Rolls-Royces to be presented during the 23 June sale.
Another significant car to be offered at RM’s Salon Privé sale is a one-off, ex-works 1939 Aston Martin 2-Litre Speed Model, chassis number 727U, which was originally built by the factory for outer circuit racing at the historic Brooklands race circuit in England. Featuring a Speed Model chassis with a narrow track, 727U and was tested at Brooklands by Gordon Sutherland and Charles Brackenbury, a ‘works’ Aston driver, although sadly never actually raced by the factory due to the outbreak of war. The car remained in Aston Martin ownership until 1947. Since then, this well-known and highly desirable Aston Martin has been a regular on the historic racing scene. Its recent racing successes include a notable 2nd place at Goodwood in 2006 and an appearance at Laguna Seca in the USA, where it also appeared at the famous Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. It is offered today in exceptional condition having been rebuilt and prepared by one the world’s leading marque specialists. (Estimate: £320,000 – £380,000). For Aston Martin enthusiasts, 727U joins a series of no less than 13 Astons consigned to the auction.
Other notable entries include:
- a 1929 Bentley Speed Six “Le Mans” VDP Tourer, chassis number FA 2518, a faithful recreation of the 1930 No 3 Speed Six Le Mans team car (Estimate: £450,000 – £550,000);
- a beautiful 1937 Jaguar SS 100 2.5 Litre Roadster, chassis number 18116 (Estimate: £200,000-£230,000);
- a highly-desirable 1955 Bentley R Type Continental Fastback, (Estimate: £330,000-£380,000); and,
- an historically-interesting ex-Works Le Mans entrant 1961 Sunbeam Harrington Alpine Coupe, chassis number B 9102730/OD/HRO (Estimate: £58,000 – £70,000).