St. John's

28 July 2012

From the Collection of William Ruger Jr.

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Lot 135

1933 Rolls-Royce Phantom II Sport Saloon by Brewster & Co.

  • Chassis no. 295AJS
  • Engine no. R45A

Sold for $192,500


40/50 hp, 7,668 cc overhead valve, straight six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, fully floating hypoid bevel axle, semi-elliptic front and rear suspension, and four-wheel servo-assisted drum brakes. Wheelbase: 150"



• Rakish and sporting

• Recent cosmetic refurbishment

• Offered from the collection of William Ruger Jr.



This extraordinarily rakish Phantom II Sport Saloon was acquired by Mr. Ruger in the early-2000s. It was previously owned by Mr. Paul Zimmer circa 1948–52 and later went to enthusiast Jack Frost, of Detroit, who owned it for many years and won a class award at an RROC meet in 1976. It was then in the Atwell Collection in Texas before joining the Ruger Collection. As-acquired, it had modernized front fenders with side-mounted spare tires. Mr. Ruger commissioned John Abrahamson, of Enfield Auto Restorations, to return the fenders to their prewar specification, which eliminated the spares. The restoration also involved the development of a rear spare tire mount in accordance with Rolls-Royce practice of the era, a concours quality repaint, complete re-upholstery of the interior, and a new top of genuine coach leather. Additionally, the slightly-enhanced turn signals, which had been previously installed, were retained.



The new black leather top is in excellent condition, as are the running boards. The paint and body work is excellent with no major distractions and is matched by deep, excellent chrome. The medium tan interior shows virtually no wear. The underside was finished to a very high level, and the engine bay only requires light detailing to return it to show quality. Also included is a nearly complete tool set, and the wheels are fitted with Ace wheel discs and new tires.



The elimination of the side-mounts revealed a rakish chrome strip that curves down and forward from the bottom of the A-pillar. Completing the sporting look are the windows, which have no door framing around them and fit snugly against the gentle curvature of the roof line, as well as a stylish polished belt molding, which wraps the body. Although there are various Brewster bodies of different types with similar details, this example may very well present a unique acquisition opportunity.

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