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 Post subject: Saoutchik Rolls-Royce
PostPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2009 2:40 am 
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1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I body by Jacques Saoutchik : Mercedes copy and paste.


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 Post subject: Re: Rolls-Royce
PostPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2009 2:47 am 
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João Gazineu wrote:
Mercedes copy and paste.

Very similar lines, indeed. Only the Mercedes had two doors.

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 Post subject: Re: Rolls-Royce
PostPosted: Thu Feb 12, 2009 2:57 am 
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Saoutchik built a similar Mercedes too :


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 Post subject: Re: Rolls-Royce
PostPosted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 9:57 am 
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Note the Rolls royce is a Phantom I, a very late one, not a Phantom II


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 Post subject: Re: Rolls-Royce
PostPosted: Fri Feb 13, 2009 5:04 pm 
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Thank you!


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 Post subject: Re: Rolls-Royce
PostPosted: Sat Feb 14, 2009 10:36 am 
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I know: it is chassis 15 WR, btw, delivered to a Mr Latuf


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 Post subject: Re: Rolls-Royce
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Another Rolls by Saoutchik :


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 Post subject: Re: Rolls-Royce
PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2009 3:11 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Saoutchik Rolls-Royce
PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2009 6:34 pm 
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1936 rolls royce phantom III saoutchik,originally built for Barbara Hutton
chassis 3 BU 200,engine Y 98 D.


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 Post subject: Re: Saoutchik Rolls-Royce
PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2009 9:07 pm 
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Contrary to popular belief this body is by Thrupp & Maberly, design SLF1242, bodynr.6620


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 Post subject: Re: Saoutchik Rolls-Royce
PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2009 9:16 pm 
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robgeelen wrote:
Contrary to popular belief this body is by Thrupp & Maberly, design SLF1242, bodynr.6620


Oh my....I´ll correct it.


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 Post subject: Re: Saoutchik Rolls-Royce
PostPosted: Thu Mar 26, 2009 10:11 pm 
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Personally I learn new things from this site every day ;)


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 Post subject: Re: Saoutchik Rolls-Royce
PostPosted: Fri Mar 27, 2009 3:18 am 
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robgeelen wrote:
Personally I learn new things from this site every day ;)

So do I. :)
I think we all do. So don't be afraid to make any mistakes or pop a question. We can't be experts on everything.
Sometimes it is good to be ignorant, so the other experts can feel themselves loved, wanted and appreciated. :)
Mind you there are many lurkers on this forum who do not post anything, but learn the more!

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 Post subject: Re: Saoutchik Rolls-Royce
PostPosted: Fri Mar 27, 2009 10:05 am 
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Thank you to you all folks!
I feel the same. You lift a burden off my shoulders :)


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 Post subject: Re: Saoutchik Rolls-Royce
PostPosted: Wed Sep 09, 2009 10:01 pm 
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Anothe shot of the 1914 Silver Ghost


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 Post subject: Re: Saoutchik Rolls-Royce
PostPosted: Wed Nov 25, 2009 4:19 pm 
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Limousine de Ville on a Rolls Royce New Phantom, circa 1928


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 Post subject: Rolls Royce Phantom II Saoutchik
PostPosted: Wed Apr 14, 2010 7:11 pm 
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I got to the TechoClassica having forgotten my camera (a late night before coupled to an early start.. :( ), and thus could not take pictures of a mouthwatering black cabriolet de ville by Saoutchik which had part of its original interior (rear doors). I think it was with Mirbach. Did anyone note the car and take pics?


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 18, 2010 2:45 pm 
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Silver Wraith #WTA45 Sedanca Coupé
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 Post subject: Re: Rolls Royce Phantom II Saoutchik
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robgeelen wrote:
I got to the TechoClassica having forgotten my camera (a late night before coupled to an early start.. :( ), and thus could not take pictures of a mouthwatering black cabriolet de ville by Saoutchik which had part of its original interior (rear doors). I think it was with Mirbach. Did anyone note the car and take pics?



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Hi Joao and Rob! Long time no see! ;) Here is this little thing to be auctioned at next Pebble Beach (next week) by Gooding & Co. 68GN

ROSALIE HOOKER
Born in England in July 1586, Thomas Hooker was educated at Cambridge and later became a prominent lecturer at Chelmsford Cathedral. By the late 1620s, internal issues in the church forced him to flee to Holland before immigrating to Massachusetts Bay Colony.
Upon his arrival in America, he became a popular pastor who, discontent with the colony leadership and suppression of Puritan suffrage, founded Hartford, Connecticut, and later the Connecticut Colony. As he became increasingly active in politics, he helped draft the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut in 1639, a document many historians consider the first written constitution in the Western tradition and a palpable influence on the US Constitution.
As America grew, so too did the Hooker family and, on September 26, 1892, baby Rosalie was born to Edward Hooker, the mayor of Hartford and a direct descendent of Thomas Hooker. Raised in fin de siècle high society, Rosalie lived a charmed life filled with debutante balls, garden parties and formal dinners where gilded East Coast families, royalty and celebrities would mix and mingle.
While her respected family had distinguished themselves in politics and business, Rosalie represented the decadent phase of the family, closely mirroring the era in which she lived. While more acceptable today, at the time, her behavior was quite unusual for a lady of such an exalted social background and her presence in the East Coast social scene attracted a great deal of lurid commentary both in the New York Times and the Hartford Courant due to her personal romances.
When she became a princess through marriage in 1926, two husbands had already been left behind – the second husband was the wealthy artist Francis Stillwell Dixon, with whom she had a son. Rosalie became a widow in 1928 when the Prince died of a burst appendix, however, she retained her aristocratic title.
She next married Carleton Aslop, who would later become Judy Garland’s manager in the 1940s. Rosalie was no stranger to Hollywood, having lived for some time in Gloria Swanson’s New York apartment. Rosalie later divorced and re-married Carleton Alsop and subsequently had three other husbands, tallying eight marriages in all.
Today, Rosalie Hooker must seem a mythical figure. Her lifestyle, wealth and many fascinating connections make her one of the more romantic figures in the famous Hooker family and her life story appears to be taken straight from the pages of a Fitzgerald novel.
THIS CAR
Presented here is the automobile that Rosalie Hooker ordered for herself, shortly after the death of her then-husband, Prince Melikov de Somehetie. Not surprisingly, the Princesse ordered what is arguably the finest luxury chassis of the time, the Rolls-Royce Phantom II mated with a one-off Carbriolet de Ville body by Saoutchik, the most avant-garde of the French coachbuilders. Saoutchik, generally known for his heavy, sweeping bodies is in rare form here, with a crisp, restrained design that allows its subtle details and incredible craftsmanship to capture the attention of a discerning eye.
Immediately, one notices that the coachwork is attractive in all three positions: closed, it appears a handsome, sporting Berline; in second-position it is as stately and elegant as any Sedanca, and as a full cabriolet it is graceful in a way that few formal bodies are.
Looking beyond the overall aesthetic, one finds a remarkable car that simply bristles with extravagant Art Deco features and represents the height of fashion at the time. The door handles, escutcheons, belt and fender moldings are in keeping with this style and are typical of the stylized geometric forms so fashionable in the era. More essential components follow the general theme and include clean, polished bumpers, a subtly vee’d windscreen and stylish, plated window frames. Several, beautifully engraved coachbuilder’s sill plates are revealed during ingress and egress, and a more personal touch is the owner’s plate proudly displayed on the division.
Another extremely rare and provocative feature of the coachwork is the unusual Art Deco flashes that further embellish the polished wheel discs. Saoutchik was quite fond of polished aluminum discs because they represented a clean, modern appearance as the use of aluminum, often more frequently associated with aircraft construction than automobiles, was considered cutting edge in the 1930s.
Jacques Saoutchik was an unusual coachbuilder in that the decorative features that distinguished his work were seldom purchased from the catalogues of the many small companies that supplied most coachbuilders, but instead were designed, manufactured and fitted “in-house.” The few items of equipment that were sourced from outside parties were in keeping with the totality of the design. For example, Stephen Grebel, arguably the most avant-garde supplier of lamps, produced the headlamps and a scuttle-mounted spotlight with a lovely bracket that blends perfectly with the other fittings found throughout the car. The Phantom also features a pair of Grebel’s exceedingly rare wire-mounted lamps – each feature mother-of-pearl lenses depicting an elegant female driver.
Upon entrance to the passenger compartment, one finds one of the body’s most extraordinary features – hand-painted lacquer panels that decorate the rear doors. The only artist of the period who is known to have worked in lacquer on automobile interiors is Swiss artist, Jean Dunand, the most prolific European Art Deco lacquer artist of the era, and it is believed that the breathtaking artwork that graces these panels are from his hand. His signed work commands incredible sums today, yet the only automobile known to exist with his work intact is the Binder-bodied Hispano Suiza H6C that currently resides in the incomparable collection of Arturo Keller.
The design, which depicts an archer firing his arrow in front of a blazing golden sun, is absolutely marvelous and a prime example of the most elaborate decorative arts of the period. It is also worth mentioning that this motif is in keeping with the Egyptian-inspired designs that had become so fashionable in France during the late 1920s, partly due to Napoleon’s Egyptian expedition and the craze surrounding the discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb in 1923.
This is thought to be the first in a series of four bodies that Saoutchik constructed in this general style for the Phantom; however, it is believed that 68 GN is the only fully-articulating cabriolet, the most challenging and costly body to build. Records also indicate that this marvelous example was the only Cabriolet by Saoutchik mounted on the Phantom II chassis, and it is interesting to note that one of these other three cars served as a Paris show car in 1930 and another was delivered new to the then-King of Siam.
While it remains a mystery as to when the Princess sold her majestic Rolls-Royce, the only significant mention of it appears in a 1952 issue of The Flying Lady. When the present owner purchased the car, neither he nor the seller had any idea that exquisite lacquered panels lay hidden beneath the cloth trim of the rear doors; it was only when the upholstery was re-trimmed that they were finally discovered!
The full cabriolet mechanism has since been revived to working order, the interior re-trimmed, the wood re-polished, the brightwork re-plated and a new, correct leather top has been fitted, imbuing the Saoutchik coachwork with a very presentable, period-appropriate appearance throughout. Additionally, the beautiful lacquer door panels were restored and top Rolls-Royce specialist Alan Glew has overhauled the engine. Beyond its superb appearance and wealth of detail, the vendor reports that the Phantom offers strong performance and states that the steering is light and considerably better than average for the model.
Quite simply, this is an extraordinary example of flamboyant formal coachwork that combines the very highest in quality and material, with wonderful period details that distinguish it as one of the most exclusive luxury carriages of its day. This is a car with enormous presence, undeniable character and it stands as a masterpiece of the lost art of coachbuilding. We are proud to offer this Rolls-Royce publicly for the first time since 1952 and encourage a closer inspection of this remarkable motorcar.


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