The Phantom III debuted in 1935. Its overhead valve V12 engine was of slightly smaller displacement than the six-cylinder Phantom II but was silky smooth and powerful. The 7,338 cc V12 engine had overhead valves operated by a single camshaft in the angle of the vee. The particularly compact engine could be arranged in more forward position allowing greater space for bodywork than the previous Phantom II. 727 Phantom III chassis were constructed from 1936 to 1939. Although chassis production ceased in 1939 (with one final chassis being built in 1940), cars were still being bodied and delivered in 1940 and 1941. The very last car, though completed in 1941, was not delivered to its owner until 1947.
Only the chassis and mechanical parts were made by Rolls-Royce. The body was made and fitted by a coachbuilder selected by the owner. Some of the most famous coachbuilders who produced bodies for Rolls Royce cars are Park Ward, Thrupp & Maberly, Hooper and, of course, H.J. Mulliner.
The cars in this gallery are all dressed with a so called Sedanca de Ville body; a saloon or limousine with open driver's compartment. H.J. Mulliner built multiple variations to various distinctive designs. There were limousine-like configurations, but also more sportier Saloon-like styles. Many were built using the "razor edge" design. This body style with sharp lines was a speciality of H.J. Mulliner and very popular after the war.
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