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1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Three-Position Drophead Coupe

Interested in this vehicle? Call 310.899.1960 to speak with a Specialist today!   PROVENANCE Captain John Wanamaker Jr., New York, New York (acquired new in 1933) Sir Terence J. O’Connor, Oxfordshire, England (acquired from the estate of the above in 1936) Patrick D. de Laszlo, England (acquired circa 1940) A. Jones, England (acquired circa 1945) Captain Spencer Hart, London, England (acquired in 1950) Herman R. Zinn, Rochelle Park, New Jersey (acquired from the above in 1959) Dr. Gerard E. Schultz, Buffalo, New York (acquired from the above in 1961) Howard W. Kizler, Scottsdale, Arizona (acquired in 1965) Thomas W. Barrett III, Scottsdale, Arizona (acquired from the above in 1971) Craven Foundation Collection, Toronto, Canada (acquired in 1974) Richard B. Hooper, Seattle, Washington (acquired from the above in 1985) Harold Meden, Bellevue, Washington (acquired from the above in 1991) Ronald Benach, Chicago, Illinois (acquired from the above in 1999) Private Collection, London, England (acquired in 2006) Livio Cossutti, Bissone, Switzerland (acquired in 2009) Current Owner (acquired from the above) EXHIBITED Rolls-Royce Owners’ Club, 1959 (National Award) Western Inter-Regional, Vancouver, Canada, 1986 (Second in Class,Prewar Class) The Oregon National Vintage Tour, 1992 Rolls-Royce Owners’ Club, 1995 (National Award) Rolls-Royce Owners’ Club, Lake Forest, Illinois, 2006 Rolls-Royce Owners’ Club, Lake Forest, Illinois, 2007 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, Cernobbio, Italy, 2011 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, Cernobbio, Italy, 2015 LITERATURE Nick Whitaker and Steve Stuckey, The Rolls-Royce Phantom II & Phantom III, listed on pp. 190–191, photographed and discussed on pp. 112 and 425 Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts’ Club Newsletter, May/June 1989, pictured on p. 63 Bumper Guardian, April/May 1999, cover story The Flying Lady, November/December 1999, pictured and advertised on pp. 5, 903 The Flying Lady, September/October 2011, pictured on pp. 10, 175 THIS CAR The Rolls-Royce Phantom II made its debut in 1929 and comprised the final series of motorcars personally developed by Sir Henry Royce before his death in 1933. The Phantom II was designed to be a chauffeur-driven automobile and to compete head-to-head with the Bentley 8 Litre. In 1931, Sir Henry set about designing a new car based on the Phantom II with an eye toward longdistance, high-speed motoring throughout the Continent. Sir Henry envisioned a more compact, sporting chassis to be fitted primarily with owner/driver coachwork. With a 6" shorter wheelbase, shallower steering column angle, stiffer springs, additional shock absorbers, higher-ratio rear axle, and a lowered floor to allow for more rakish coachwork, the Phantom II Continental was born. It was a low, streamlined car, and with its chassis improvements and new fuel-delivery system, it was the fastest Rolls-Royce to date. Its long bonnet and light, sleek coachwork projected the image of speed. Countless Rolls-Royce aficionados consider the Phantom II Continental to be the finest of all prewar Rolls-Royce models. According to The Flying Lady of September/October 2011, the fascinating car offered here, a Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Three-Position Drophead Coupe, is one of just four built by the coachbuilder Barker. In Barker’s Coachbuilding – 1933–34, which illustrated this spectacular body style, it is described as “Barker Foursome Cabriolet DeVille.” In later depictions, the moniker changes to Three-Position Drophead. Continental chassis 186 MY was ordered as a Three-Position Drophead to the exacting specifications of Captain John Wanamaker Jr. in 1933. The grandson of John Wanamaker, the Philadelphia department store magnate, he served with the Army’s 78th Division during WWI and headed communications and transportation when President Woodrow Wilson was in France negotiating the Treaty of Versailles. Upon Capt. Wanamaker’s return to the States, the sporty new open-air Rolls-Royce was the perfect choice for him, as he was a fixture of high society, an avid sportsman, and a successful speedboat racer in the US and Europe. Regrettably, he didn’t own the car for long. Capt. Wanamaker died unexpectedly on November 30, 1934, at age 45. In 1936, this Rolls-Royce returned to England after being sold to Sir Terence J. O’Connor, a member of British Parliament. Around 1940, it was purchased by Patrick D. de Laszlo, who reportedly hid it and kept it safe throughout WWII. After the war, the car passed to two additional British owners before returning to the US in 1959 in the care of Herman R. Zinn of Rochelle Park, New Jersey. From 1959 until today, this Phantom II Continental has enjoyed loving care by Rolls-Royce enthusiasts in the US, Canada, England, and Switzerland, including a decade in the Craven Foundation Collection in Toronto. The Continental’s flowing coachwork is finished in a rich garnet tone over sleek black fenders. The interior is covered in buttery tan hides and Wilton wool carpet, and features beautifully restored woodwork. Opening the bonnet reveals the jewel-like Rolls-Royce inline six-cylinder engine – complete with a newly cast cylinder head – and a remarkable under-bonnet tool set. Receipts on file document the car’s history as well as attention given to its mechanical components. With a fascinating provenance rooted in notable American and British ownership and a period of hiding during WWII, this Phantom II Continental Drophead Coupe has a truly captivating past. Today, as a veteran of such high-level concours as Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, and having completed such challenging multistate tours as the Classic Car Club of America CARavan and the Rolls-Royce Owners’ Club national vintage tour, this car stands as a rolling testament to Rolls-Royce’s enduring beauty and undeniable build quality. This intriguing motorcar represents an extraordinary opportunity to acquire an exceedingly rare, stunningly beautiful, prewar coachbuilt Rolls-Royce, considered by many to be the best Sir Henry Royce ever created. It offers the new owner an opportunity for concours competition, rallying, and long-distance touring.Read more

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1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 Series V Gran Sport

Interested in this vehicle? Call 310.899.1960 to speak with a Specialist today!   PROVENANCE Silvio Lügli, Lucerne, Switzerland (acquired in 1947) Heinz Berchtold, Lucerne, Switzerland (acquired from the above in 1948) Willy Baltensberger, Dietlikon, Switzerland (acquired from the above in 1950) Jean Sulzer, Cologny, Switzerland (acquired from the above in 1955) Robert Baer, Switzerland (acquired from the above in 1959) Jean de Dobbeleer, Brussels, Belgium (acquired circa 1960) Gene Cesari, Vermont (acquired from the above circa 1960) Derry Mallalieu, South Norwalk, Connecticut (acquired from the above circa 1960) Vivian Krespi, Princeton, New Jersey (acquired circa 1960) Current Owner (acquired from the above in 1966) EXHIBITED Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®, August 1996 (Best in Class, Strother MacMinn Award for the Most Elegant Sports Car) CCCA National Meet, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, January 1997 (Senior Premier, Best in Class, 100 Points) Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, March 1997 (Best in Class) Meadow Brook Concours d’Elegance, July 1997 (Road & Track Award for Best Sports Car through 1955) Louis Vuitton Classic, New York City, September 1997 (Best in Class, Best of Show) Father’s Day Car Show at Stan Hywet Hall, Akron, Ohio, 1998 (Best in Show) Glenmoor Gathering of Significant Automobiles, Canton, Ohio, 2003 (Best in Show) Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance, March 2005 (Best in Class) Stan Hywet Hall Concours d’Elegance, Akron, Ohio, 2014 (Best in Class) LITERATURE Angela Cherrett, Alfa Romeo Tipo 6C 1500, 1750, 1900, pp. 55, 65 Roy Slater and Luigi Fusi, La 6 C 1750 Alfa Romeo Luigi Fusi, Le Vetture Alfa Romeo Dal 1910 THIS CAR Though the Alfa marque was founded in 1910, the origins of the legendary 6C 1750 model can be traced to 1923, when Nicola Romeo hired Vittorio Jano, a talented engineer, from rival Fiat. Sig. Romeo wanted to build a successful Grand Prix car with his name on it and Sig. Jano possessed the technical and managerial expertise to achieve this goal. Less than a year after joining Alfa Romeo, Sig. Jano unveiled the P2 – a model many regard as the first modern Grand Prix car and a masterpiece of automotive design. It was an immediate success, winning several Grand Prix races and claiming the first manufacturer’s championship for Alfa Romeo in 1925. Following this achievement, Sig. Jano’s next task was to design a production chassis with great sporting potential. The result was a series of six-cylinder (6C) cars built between 1927 and 1933 in various specifications. During this period, 3,514 Alfa Romeo 6Cs of all types were built. The most rare and desirable models were the short-chassis Super Sport and Gran Sport 1750, which featured beautiful straight-six engines, with twin overhead camshafts, hemispherical combustion chambers, and Roots-type superchargers. In total, just 309 of these very special 6C 1750 Alfa Romeos were built; almost all were fitted with elegant custom bodies by the preeminent European carrozzerie. Light and nimble, with excellent roadholding qualities and reliable power, these supercharged 6Cs were among the finest high-performance automobiles of their day and proved wildly successful in competition. They often challenged Bugattis and Maseratis of greater displacement and proved victorious. In both Gran Sport and Testa Fissa forms, 6C 1750s won nearly every major sports car race of the day, including the Mille Miglia, 24 Hours of Spa, Brooklands Double Twelve, and the Tourist Trophy Race. According to Angela Cherrett’s definitive book on the model, Alfa Romeo Tipo 6C 1500, 1750, 1900, this engine and chassis, both numbered 10814349, fall among those produced between 1931 and 1932, of which just 106 examples were built. This particular car was built for the 1931 model year, and its history can be traced back to February 23, 1934, when the car was imported into Switzerland. The provenance between 1934 and 1947 is unrecorded, although the research of respected collector and enthusiast Hans Matti has provided a roster of Swiss owners from 1947 through 1959. Little is known of the Alfa’s time in Switzerland, except that the original body was damaged and repaired at one point, leaving only the original substructure and some interior panels intact. Around 1960, the Alfa Romeo was purchased by Jean de Dobbeleer, the noted Bugatti agent and exotic automobile dealer in Brussels, Belgium. Soon after, the Gran Sport was sold to American enthusiast Gene Cesari and exported to the US, where it eventually landed on the lot of a Cadillac and Rolls-Royce dealer in St. Louis, Missouri. It was from this dealership that Vivian Krespi of Princeton, New Jersey, purchased the 6C 1750. In 1966, the consignor learned of the availability of an Alfa Romeo Gran Sport and purchased the car directly from Ms. Krespi. The Alfa saw little use over the next two decades, though extensive research was carried out and parts were accumulated in anticipation of the high-level restoration that would eventually take place. In 1993, after an initial restoration attempt did not satisfy the owner’s high standards, the project was entrusted to Clay Cook Enterprises, a respected prewar car specialist based in Erlanger, Kentucky. In the course of this exhaustive restoration, which culminated in three years of concentrated effort, two complete and original Zagato-bodied 6C 1750 Gran Sports were referenced to ensure a completely authentic and accurate re-creation of the coachwork. For example, the door interiors of one of these cars was disassembled so that parts for the door latches and the backup wood for the upholstery panels could be replicated exactly, even though they would not be visible after the final assembly. Similarly, great pains were taken with external details, such as the traditional Italian color scheme, the maker’s label for the shock absorbers, and the distinctive crackle paint finish on the dashboard – features that are rarely restored with such accuracy. As this work was being carried out, the chassis was carefully restored. The engine was completely rebuilt and brought back to original specifications. Every step of the process was documented with photographs, notes, and detailed invoices. After the restoration’s completion, the Gran Sport received enormous positive public response everywhere it was shown, and it earned many Best in Class and Best of Show awards. This was made possible by the technical skill and artistic brilliance of Clay Cook, the restorer, along with the owner’s meticulous attention to detail and in-depth knowledge of the marque. This Alfa Romeo was unveiled at the 1996 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance®, where it earned Best in Class and one of the most prestigious special awards – the Strother MacMinn Award for the Most Elegant Sports Car. The car went on to capture a Best in Class at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance and a perfect 100-point score at the CCCA National Meet. Perhaps its most impressive concours honor came at the exclusive Louis Vuitton Classic at Rockefeller Center in 1997. There, a panel of discerning judges, including Phil Hill – a famed Alfisti, Grand Prix driver, and fellow Gran Sport owner – selected it as Best of Show from a field of 48 significant classics and sports cars, including an Alfa Romeo 8C 2900B, an Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Corto, an Isotta Fraschini Tipo 8A, a Hispano-Suiza H6B, and a Ferrari 250 GT SWB. Shown selectively in more recent years, this superb Alfa Romeo still remains in exceptional condition and ought to remain competitive at any concours d’elegance. Complementing the car’s outstanding presentation is a selection of important accessories and components including a proper owner’s manual, tool kit, jack, and appropriate 1930s-era Italian export license plates. Also included with the sale are the original crank, a spare cylinder head, and an additional central headlight and two mirror spotlights, all with the appropriate mounting brackets, which would be put to good use during long-distance touring events, such as the Mille Miglia retrospective, for which the car is eligible. Gooding & Company is honored to present this technically sophisticated and aesthetically brilliant prewar sports car, which combines the most desirable Series V Gran Sport chassis with striking open coachwork in the classic Zagato style. Offered for the first time from over 50 years in the hands of one passionate and knowledgeable caretaker, this is an extraordinary opportunity to acquire one of the most celebrated and expertly restored examples of the legendary 6C 1750 Gran Sport – quite simply, one of the most desirable Alfa Romeos of all.Read more

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