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Rolls-Royce Phantom VI
Brunei sultanate's Rolls-Royce Phantom VI
Overview
ManufacturerRolls-Royce Ltd (1968–1973)
Rolls-Royce Motors (1973–1990)
Production
  • 1968–1990
  • 374 produced
[1]
AssemblyWest Sussex, England
Body and chassis
Body styleLimousines and other styles to buyer's choice
LayoutFR layout
RelatedRolls-Royce Silver Shadow
Powertrain
Engine
Dimensions
Wheelbase145 in (3,683 mm)
Length238 in (6,045 mm)
Width79 in (2,007 mm)
Height69 in (1,753 mm)
Curb weight2.5 t (2,500 kg) (approx.)
Chronology
PredecessorPhantom V
SuccessorSilver Spur Touring Limousine

The Rolls-Royce Phantom VI is a British limousine made from 1968 to 1990 by Rolls-Royce. A total of 374 Phantom VIs were made, of which fewer than 40 were manufactured in the last decade of production.[1]

The exterior is almost identical to the facelifted Phantom V.

Construction

1970 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI limousine, the official car used on ceremonial occasions to transport the Governor-General of Australia and visiting heads of state
1990 landaulet by Mulliner Park Ward – invoice price £498,365 (equivalent to £1,200,000 in 2021)

Most of the coachwork was created by Mulliner Park Ward, usually in limousine form, although a few landaulets were made.[citation needed]

The Phantom VI was the last Rolls-Royce with a separate chassis. It featured coil springs in front, leaf springs and live axle in rear, and drum brakes on all four wheels. The car was powered by a 6,230 cc (380 cu in) 90-degree V8 with a bore of 104 mm (4.1 in) and stroke of 91.5 mm (3.60 in) with twin SU carburettors, coupled to a 4-speed automatic gearbox. In a 1979 upgrade the engine capacity was increased to 6,750 cc (412 cu in), a 3-speed automatic gearbox with torque converter was substituted, and separate front and rear air conditioning units were provided.[2]

In 1990, the last Rolls-Royce Phantom VI chassis were built. However, as the completion of the coachwork by Mulliner Park Ward took around 18 months, the last cars were made in the period of the next two years.

Design of a Phantom VII based on the Silver Shadow's body was discussed in the 1970s, but plans were scrapped. No prototypes were built.[citation needed] A production Rolls-Royce Phantom VII was rolled out in 2003.

Notable owners

Before her death in 2022, Elizabeth II had two Rolls-Royce Phantom VI automobiles – the 1977 Silver Jubilee Car and a more conventional 1986 model. These vehicles were the two main official state cars until the introduction of the two Bentley State Limousines in 2002.[citation needed]

When it was used by Elizabeth II, the standard Spirit of Ecstasy hood ornament was replaced by a model of Saint George slaying the dragon.[3]

Nataša Pirc Musar, President of Slovenia, also owns a Phantom VI; it was previously owned by Princess Alexandra, The Honourable Lady Ogilvy.[4][5]

Legacy

Three other Phantom models were built between 1995 and 1997, also by order of the Sultan of Brunei. This car was named Rolls-Royce Cloudesque and sometimes referred to as Rolls-Royce Phantom VII.[6] The exterior is reminiscent of a stretched Phantom V Limousine; the extra length being added at the B-pillar. The boot is redesigned, looking more like that of a Silver Seraph. The headlights were designed in a Silver Cloud III style (but with chromed eyelids), hence the name Cloudesque.

References

  1. ^ a b "Rolls-Royce Phantom VI". www.rrsilverspirit.com. Retrieved 9 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Used Car Test: Rolls-Royce Phantom V". Autocar. 134 (nbr 3904): 47–49. 21 January 1971.
  3. ^ Hardy, Jack (12 September 2022). "King Charles, his late mother and the Phantom they both loved". The Telegraph.
  4. ^ "Ruska dača je dolgo propadala, po dveh letih prenove pa spet živi #video #foto" (in Slovenian). Retrieved 31 August 2022.
  5. ^ "Rolls Royce | Najem limuzine Ruska dača | Kraljevski Rolls Royce". Ruska dača (in Slovenian). Retrieved 31 August 2022.
  6. ^ "Rolls-Royce Cloudesque 1995 - 1997". Retrieved 3 October 2012.
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