Rolls-Royce Phantom V

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Rolls-Royce Phantom V
1968 Rolls-Royce Phantom V (North America)
ManufacturerRolls-Royce Ltd
Production1959–1968
516 produced
AssemblyLondon, England
PredecessorPhantom IV
SuccessorPhantom VI
Body style(s)4-door sedan
LayoutFR layout
Engine(s)6230 cc Rolls-Royce V8
Transmission(s)4-speed automatic
Wheelbase144 in (3658 mm) [1]
Length238 in (6045 mm)
Width79 in (2007 mm)
Height69 in (1753 mm)
Curb weight5,600 lb (2,540 kg)
Fuel capacity23 imp gal (105 L; 28 US gal)
RelatedSilver Cloud II
ManualsService Manual

The Phantom V was an ultra-exclusive Rolls-Royce model from the 1960s. A total of 516 were made. The engine was a 90 degree V8 with a capacity of 6,230 cc and twin SU carburetors with a 4-speed automatic transmission. The car had drum brakes and a wheelbase of 3,683 mm. The Phantom V was in production from 1959 until 1968, based on the Silver Cloud II sharing its V8 engine and the automatic gearbox of General Motors Hydramatic design. From 1963 onward the 7% more powerful Silver Cloud III engine was fitted and new front wings incorporating quad headlamps were feature of later models too.

John Lennon's Phantom V came from the factory with a regular white paint finish but he commissioned a psychedelic paintjob for it. It is one of the most valuable pieces of pop-memorabilia.

Other famous owners included Queen Elizabeth II, one of whose models can now be viewed in the special garage aboard HMY Britannia in Leith, Edinburgh, and her mother, Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother. Those owned by Elizabeth II were official state cars, adapted for that purposed with a flag staff and illuminated heraldic shield above the windscreen.

The Governor of Hong Kong used a Rolls-Royce Phantom V for ceremonial occasions. It was removed from Hong Kong by the Royal Navy immediately following the handover to China on 1 July 1997.

Movie appearances

Help! (1965), Steptoe and Son (1972), Herbie Rides Again (1974), Rosebud (1975), The Toy (1982), Trading Places (1983), Spiderman (2002), What a Girl Wants (2003), etc [2].

References

  1. Cardew, Basil (1966). Daily Express Review of the 1966 Motor Show. London: Beaverbrook Newspapers Ltd. 
  2. Internet Movie Cars Database: Rolls-Royce Phantom V in Movies and TV series