Classics, passion for the past

1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom-III H J Mulliner Sports Limousine 3BU42

£ 95000

Carrosserie Limousine
Meterstand miles
Brandstof Petrol
Transmissie Manual
Kleur Red
Kleur interieur Beige
Bekleding Leather
Stuur Rhd
Chassis nr. DXM 476
An absolutely fabulous example, very well maintained by the last two enthusiastic owners over the last 5 decades including an £80,000 engine overhaul a few years ago, resulting in a sweet smooth running engine, just as you expect of a 7 litre V12! The coachwork is crisp & sharp, with precise door fit, excellent paintwork in a handsome shade of red - perhaps not as vivid as the pictures tend to portray it, but attractive & cheery, complemented by excellent chrome plating, including the correct P100 headlights, short trumpet horns, etc. The interior too, is lovely, being beige leather in excellent condition, with suitably lovely headlining, carpets and superb veneers with silver stringing inlay. Even the original Bosch radios, one front & one rear, are working nicely! The boot is spacious and contained within the lid is a very impressive set of original tools. The love given to the car is plain for all to see, as the condition speaks a thousand words. A sensible upgrade is the fitting of flashing indicators to suit modern conditions, one of many thoughtful aspects of the attention given to the car, another being a complete stainless steel exhaust system. The car comes with an impressive history file, detailing much maintenance and repairs over the years, and is simply gorgeous!

Chassis No. 3BU42 Reg No. DXM 476

Snippets: Savoy Hotel - Mushy Peas – British Silk Stocking Corporation
The connection between these British establishments are the 1st three owners of 3BU42. Sir Roger Antony Hornby (1904/1987) was a gentleman with many interesting connections – his mother Cecily was the daughter of Charles Barclay (banking) and his father St. John Hornby was a founding partner of W H Smith. Sir Roger’s 1st wife was Lady Veronica Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood a scion of the Marquess of Dufferin and Ava family. They divorced after just 9 years of marriage and she remarried a further 3 times! Sir Roger also remarried to a Jewish classical ballerina who had been rescued from Austria just before WWII in May 1938 by Lord Beaverbrook (in his 60s) who had met Lili in Vienna at dinner party earlier that year. Lily anglicised her name to Lily and until 1947 she, alongside Jean Norton, was a companion to Lord Beaverbrook. In 1949 Lily met Antony Hornby who she later married – Lily was, by all accounts, a stunning & exotic lady & in 1952 her beauty was captured in oils by the Australian artist Colin Colahan. After a short time the Phantom III was sold to Maurice William Batchelor (1899/73) whose father William Batchelor had found a way to can vegetables and in 1895 the company of Batchelor Foods was formed. William Batchelor died in 1913 and the firm was taken over by his daughter Ella with Maurice joining his sister in the company in 1916. Ella retired in 1948 and Maurice remained with the company until he retired in 1958. After WWII the Rolls-Royce was acquired by Leonard Foyster who during the war was the Director of Civilian Hosiery whose task was to “obtain from reduced sources the maximum output of garments most essential to the civilian population”. He was also Chairman of the British Silk Stocking Corporation Ltd and in 1945 he was a director of John Lewis Partnership & the Leicester hosiery firm of Pool, Lorrimer & Tabberer Ltd who had agencies in Canada, Amsterdam, Paris and Dublin.
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