ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM I BY BREWSTER: AMERICAN ELEGANCE
In 1925 Rolls-Royce introduced the heir of the Silver Ghost called Phantom I and among the peculiarities of this vehicle was the fact that most of the chassis built were manufactured in the US industrial plant of Springfield.
Once sold, the frames were often paired with body produced by local companies and among the most renowned was Brewster & Co founded in New Haven in 1810.
His models were remarkably valuable and we offer here some particularly interesting specimens.
BREWSTER PHANTOM I CONVERTIBLE SEDAN
This Convertible Sedan Phantom I was built in the Springfield factory in 1927 and later used as a demonstration vehicle in New York and Boston dealers.
Based on a steel ladder chassis, the car was equipped with a 7.6-liter hexacylinder engine with a power of 50 hp managed by a three-speed manual gearbox (preferred by US customers) and combined with rear-wheel drive.
Externally, it is recognized for its chromed spoke wheels, the two spare wheels mounted on the sides wrapped in fabric protections and the lighting system made by the French Marchal while the interior featured leather seats and wool carpeting.
BREWSTER PHANTOM I RIVIERA TOWN BROUGHAM
Extremely opulent is this Riviera Town Brougham variant built in the 1929 Springfield industrial plant on behalf of Irene Mamlock Simon Schoelkopf Carman, a widow who inherited her money from her late husband Hugo Schoelkopf, one of the wealthiest entrepreneurs in the city of Buffalo .
Compared to the other Phantom I engines, this implements a 7.6 hexacylinder engine boosted to deliver the power of 108 hp and its management is entrusted to a four-speed manual gearbox.
Externally several components had been gold plated while in the interior the finishes were in mahogany and there were some special options such as the courtesy light, an acoustic system to communicate with the driver and a storage compartment equipped with a clock, mirror, ashtray and lighter .
BREWSTER PHANTOM I ASCOT SPORT PHAETON
Also in 1929 is this Ascot Sport Phaeton produced for Alphonzo Eìdward Bell, an American businessman and Olympian who won a silver and a bronze medal at the 1904 Olympics.
The hexacylindrical propulsion unit had been strengthened again to generate 113 horsepower while management was via a three-speed manual gearbox.
The windshields were smaller than the other Phantom I to make the design more aerodynamic and both additional headlights were mounted on the steel bumper and two spare wheel cases on the sides of the vehicle.
The cars are all beautiful, but I prefer the Ascot Sport Phaeton for its sporty design. And which one do you prefer?
Thank you to Valentina Zanola for the cooperation