Rolls-Royce Phantom VI

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Rolls-Royce Phantom VI
110 ans de l'automobile au Grand Palais - Rolls-Royce Phantom VI Landaulette - 1992 - 001.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Rolls-Royce Ltd (1968–1973)
Rolls-Royce Motors (1973–1990)
Production 1968–1990
374 produced
Body and chassis
Body style Limousines and other styles to buyer's choice
Related Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow
Powertrain
Engine
Dimensions
Wheelbase 145 in (3,700 mm)
Length 238 in (6,000 mm)
Width 79 in (2,000 mm)
Height 69 in (1,800 mm)
Curb weight 2.5 t (2,500 kg) (approx.)
Chronology
Predecessor Phantom V

The Phantom VI was an ultra-exclusive rolling chassis made from 1968-1990. From 1968 to 1973 it was manufactured by Rolls-Royce Ltd, and 1973-1990 by its successor Rolls-Royce Motors. They were bodied as limousines but there were a few landaulettes.

Construction[edit]

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
1977 Silver Jubilee car carrying Kate Middleton
Phantom VI at Windsor Castle
1992 Landaulette by Mulliner-Park Ward — invoice price £498,365 or in 2016 pounds £966,828

Based on the Phantom V, the Phantom VI had a re-styled fascia (dashboard) and was powered by an engine derived from the current Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow. Most of the coachwork was created by Mulliner Park Ward, usually in limousines form, though a few landaulettes 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, 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.[1] Inclusion of the engine from the Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit in 1982 increased engine displacement once more, to 6,750 cc.

A total of 374 Phantom VIs were made.[citation needed] Unlike the Rolls-Royce Phantom V, they were never sold in the United States, due to United States Environmental Protection Agency and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration design legislation.[citation needed]

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]

Famous customers[edit]

Within the fleet of cars used by Queen Elizabeth II and her family in the United Kingdom are two Rolls-Royce Phantom VIs: the Silver Jubilee Car (presented by the British motor industry to celebrate her 25th anniversary on the throne in 1977), and a more conventional 1986 model. These two cars were the official state cars until the introduction of the two Bentley State Limousines in 2002.[citation needed] Like all British state cars, the Phantom VIs have a special mount for a Royal Standard and coat of arms. When in use by the Queen, the Spirit of Ecstasy is replaced by a custom-made solid silver model of St George slaying the dragon and the car carries no registration plates. In Australia, the monarch, her family, and the Governor-General of Australia use a Rolls-Royce Phantom VI dating to 1970. It is typically used only rarely, such as for the state opening of parliament or the swearing-in of a new governor-general.

On September 2010 a Phantom VI that belonged to Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the late Shah of Iran, was put on display in Niavaran Palace Complex in Tehran.[citation needed]

Post-manufactured Phantoms[edit]

Three other Phantoms 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.[2] The exterior reminds one 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[edit]

  1. ^ "Used Car Test: Rolls-Royce Phantom V". Autocar. 134 (nbr 3904): 47–49. 21 January 1971. 
  2. ^ "Rolls-Royce Cloudesque 1995 - 1997". Retrieved 3 October 2012. 

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