20th Oct, 2022 13:00

Imperial War Museum, Duxford

Lot 231

1965 Rolls-Royce Phantom V
1 of only 516 Phantom Vs produced

Sold for £47,250

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: WFU 190
Chassis No: 5VD23
MOT: Exempt

PLEASE NOTE: There is no V5C with this lot and the new keeper with need to apply.

  • One of only 516 Phantom Vs produced
  • Supplied new to a Capt. George E. Coles Esq of Campden Farm Estates Ltd.
  • Featured in the popular TV-series ‘The Crown’ and a Liam Gallagher music video
  • Subject to some £8,000 worth of recent improvement by marque specialists Chris Lee’s Ltd.
  • Bodied by Mulliner Park Ward to Design 2003

The fifth of Rolls-Royce's stately Phantom models replaced its predecessor in 1959 and was based on the company's Silver Cloud II model. It was therefore powered by the same well-proven, all-alloy 6,230cc V8 engine and drove through General Motors' super-smooth four-speed Hydramatic automatic transmission. The front suspension was independent courtesy of wishbones and coil springs, while semi-elliptic leaf springs were employed at the rear. The steering was power-assisted, as were the very sizeable drum brakes. The notably stiff chassis and generously proportioned wheelbase of 3,683mm were perfectly suited to the coachbuilder's art and a total of 516 Phantom Vs were clothed by the combination of H J Mulliner, Park Ward and James Young designs before the model was superseded in 1968. Examples built from 1963 onwards benefited from the Cloud III's engine, which is said to have produced seven percent more power; they also incorporated that model's revised frontage, with its quad headlamp arrangement and squatter radiator grille.

Chassis number 5VD23 was supplied new to the United Kingdom, being registered new on the 4th of March 1963. Registered new to Capt. George E. Coles Esq of Campden Farm Estates Ltd. Esq, the Phantom was bodied by Mulliner Park Ward to Design 2003 (with glass partition) and is fitted with rare factory air conditioning. Fitted with the aforementioned alloy 6230cc V8 engine with the four-speed Hydramatic automatic transmission, the Phantom is finished in the striking colour combination of Black with a Tan leather interior upholstery. The odometer shows the mileage as 91,187 miles, with the Phantom residing in current ownership since 2017. Subject to £8,000 worth of improvement in August this year with marque specialist Chris Lee’s Ltd., the work completed comprised an interior refresh with attention to the leather and woodwork; a brake refresh with a new master cylinder, brake servo and hoses; new distributor and coil; replaced fuel pump and fuel system flush, and servicing. Featured in the popular TV-series ‘The Crown’ in scenes where the Phantom carries (the then) Prince Charles (portrayed by Josh O'Connor) and Diana, Princess of Wales (portrayed by Emma Corrin), the Rolls-Royce has also found popular culture fame in the music video for Liam Gallagher's song ‘Once’ where Liam Gallagher poses as a chauffeur for the footballing icon Eric Cantona.

For more information, please contact:
Paul Cheetham
07538 667452


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Auction: Imperial War Museum, Duxford, 20th Oct, 2022

An auction of classic & collector motorcars


Tuesday 18th October 2022 from 12pm to 6pm
Wednesday 19th October 2022 from 9am
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