Rolls Royce Phantom III, 1936, sells for record price

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Rolls Royce Phantom III, 1936, sells for record price

15 Jun 2012, 11:05 GMT+01

Coys’ Monaco auction in May, titled Legende et Passion, achieved a world record price for a 1936 Rolls Royce Phantom III, sold for 1,144,982 euros (£927,916 or $1,440,240).

The Phantom III 3 Position Drophead was built by Gurney Nutting. J Gurney Nutting & Co was an English bespoke coachbuilding firm. They specialised in sporting bodies. The 1930s were the greatest years for the firm, the years of the coupe de villes, the sedancas de villes, the Rolls Royce and Bentley saloons, built to order. The 3 position drophead was considered the pinnacle of Gurney Nutting’s art. Only two Phantom IIIs are recorded to have been built with the 3 position drophead, one of which no longer exists, and this example, built for the Earl of Rosebery.

Other notable sales at Coys’ Monaco auction included another Gurney Nutting construction from their golden decade, a 1937 Bentley 4 ¼ litre coupe, sold for 226,910 euros.

1950s classics did well. A restored 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing Coupe fetched 674,750 euros, and a 1958 Lotus 15 sold for 282,890 euros.

The rare 1963 Aston Martin DB4 Series V Vantage Coupe sold for 238,106 euros, while its 1968 counterpart, the DB6, fetched 170,930.

A 1966 Porsche 993 GT2 Club Sport sold for 210,000, a 1957 Lancia Aurelia B24 Convertible for 197,000, and a 19882 Ferrari 512 BBi for 109,352. The 1971 Ferrari 246 GT Dino once owned by racing drivers Frank Williams and Tony Dean fetched 154,136.

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