This Phantom I was originally fitted with a convertible by Hooper, but in the early 1930s that body was scrapped and the rolling chassis sent to Jonckheere in Belgium for something a little more... let's say... exotic. It is not known who commissioned it and who penned the extravagant design, because a fire had destroyed all of the company's records.
This is probably the most extravagant designs ever performed on a RR chassis. From the huge front fenders on to the oval doors and finishing off with a tall fin on the back, the Jonckheere Coupe is six meters of exuberance.
After completion, it won the 1934 Prix de Cannes Concours d'Elegance. Not much later, it was sold to an American. During the 1950s it was painted gold and used in an automotive freak show together with a number of other striking 1930s designs, which people could look at after paying $1. Much later, in 1991, the golden Rolls was auctioned to a Japanese collector for $1.5 million. It disappeared in a private collection for many years.
Eventually the Petersen Automotive Museum managed to buy the Jonckheere Phantom and they restored it to be entered in the 2005 Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.
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