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    The Rolls-Royce Phantom III was the final large pre-war Rolls-Royce. Introduced in 1936, it replaced the Phantom II and it was the only V12 Rolls-Royce until the 1998 introduction of the Silver Seraph.
    727 V12 Phantom III chassis were constructed from 1936 to 1939, and many have survived. Although chassis production ceased in 1939 (with one final chassis being built in 1940), cars were still being bodied and delivered in 1940 and 1941. The very last car, though the rolling chassis was completed in 1941, was not delivered with a body to its owner until 1947. The Phantom III was the last car that Henry Royce worked on - he died, aged 70, a year into the Phantom III's development.

    Engineering
    The III is powered by an aluminium-alloy V12 engine of 447in³ (7.32L), having a bore of 3.25 inches (82.5 mm) and a stroke of 4.5 inches (114.3 mm). It is a pushrod engine with overhead valves operated by a single camshaft in the valley between the cylinder banks. Early cars had hydraulic tappets or, rather, a unique system of eccentric bushings in each individual rocker that was actuated by a small hydraulic piston; the eccentric bushing ensuring zero valve-lash at the rocker/valve interface. This system was changed to solid adjustable tappets in 1938. The Phantom III is unusual for its twin ignition systems, with two distributors, two coils and 24 spark plugs. Petrol is provided by a twin SU electric pump. Wire wheels are fitted as standard, but many cars carry Ace wheel discs which were fitted to improve cosmetics and to reduce the time taken to clean the wire wheels after use.

    The car features on-board jacking and a one-shot chassis lubrication system, operated by a lever inside the driver's compartment. Independent front suspension by a coil spring-based system is complemented by a carryover semi-elliptical spring unit in the rear. The car has a 4-speed manual transmission with synchromesh on gears 2, 3 and 4. An overdrive gearbox was added in 1938,the ratio change being contained in the gearbox rather than in a separate unit. The car has 4-wheel servo-assisted brakes applied by cable (using a servo made under licence from Hispano-Suiza). The radiator shell is of Staybrite steel.

    The sheer bulk of the car is reflected in its performance figures. An example tested in 1938 by The English Autocar magazine returned a top speed of 140 km/h (87½ mph) and a 0 - 60 mph (0 – 96 km/h) time of 16.8 seconds.The overall fuel consumption quoted from that road test was 28 litres per 100 kilometres (10 mpg‑imp; 8.4 mpg‑US).

    Bodywork
    Only the chassis and mechanical parts were made by Rolls-Royce. The body was made and fitted by a coachbuilder selected by the owner or a dealer who might have cars built for showroom stock. Some of the most famous coachbuilders who produced bodies for Rolls-Royce cars are Park Ward, Mulliner, Hooper and Thrupp & Maberly. Body types as well as limousines included saloons, coupés, and convertibles. A handful of used cars have been converted to hearses and shooting brakes.

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    Rolls-Royce Phantom (III) Vutotal Cabriolet by Labourdette 1939-1947

    1939/47 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Vutotal Cabriolet by Labourdette

    The renowned Fairfield County Concours d’Elegance announced that the legendary 1939/47 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Vutotal Cabriolet by Labourdette, will make a rare appearance at its 7th annual event courtesy of the John W. Rich Automobile Museum. The Rolls-Royce Phantom III Vutotal Cabriolet, now in the John Rich Museum collection, started off as a standard Phantom III designed by Henry Royce. It was re-envisioned by coachbuilder Hooper and Co. in 1938 with a Sedanca de Ville for the chassis, then showed off in Europe before being tweaked for the U.S. market.

    The car was rebodied in the 1940s by famed coachbuilder, Henri Labourdette of Paris, who was best known for his extreme designs and obliterated of anything that identified it as a Rolls Royce. Labourdette often experimented with aerodynamics, and decided to develop a swooping open body for the chassis at a cost of $44,000, at a time when the average price of a home was about $4,000.

    1939/47 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Vutotal Cabriolet by Labourdette

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    That is one gorgeous automobile.

    But that windshield..it looks as if they took a window pane and slapped it on! With all the curvature of the car, it really looks out of place.

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    This is how the car looked in 2005, when it was displayed by the Blackhawk Collection at the Pebble Beach Concours. It returned to Pebble in 2006 but broke down during the Pebble Tour and was subsequently withdrawn from the Concours. It got a new invitation for the 2007 Concours. It is chassis 3DL120.
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    Are there any pics of this car with it headlights out?

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    Quote Originally Posted by aiasib View Post
    Are there any pics of this car with it headlights out?
    not with me
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    Quote Originally Posted by aiasib View Post
    Are there any pics of this car with it headlights out?
    No pictures but they are shown in this video (from the 11:20 mark):

    [ame="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgEF98gXfMs"]Rolls-Royce Avions Voisin - YouTube[/ame]

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