20-21 January 2011


Previous Next

Lot 148

1961 Rolls-Royce Phantom V 7-Passenger Limousine by James Young

  • Chassis no. 5LVB27

Sold For Confidential Amount

Est. 185 bhp, 6,230 cc V-8 engine, four-speed automatic gearbox, independent front suspension with unequal-length wishbones, coil springs and anti-roll torsion bar, rigid rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, radius rod and electrically-controlled shock absorbers, and hydraulic front, hydro-mechanical rear drum brakes. Wheelbase: 144"

- One of only 195 Phantom Vs with elegant James Young coachwork

- Highly maintained, with excellent bodywork and a restored interior

In 1959, the Rolls-Royce Phantom V debuted alongside the Silver Cloud II, powered by the new 6,230-cc aluminum V-8. The Phantom V was considerably larger than the prior Silver Wraith, and despite its impressive dimensions, road testers praised the Phantom V for its ability to cruise in excess of 100 mph over long distances in near-total silence.

Phantom V production continued through 1968 with just 581 produced, including 195 with handsome A.F. McNeill-designed custom coachwork by James Young. Three James Young-bodied versions were offered, including a seven-passenger limousine, a touring limousine and a Sedanca deVille.

This 1961 Phantom V Limousine, chassis 5LBV27, is an original left-hand drive example with approximately 58,300 miles that are believed original. The remarkably straight bodywork reveals virtually perfect panel fit and alignment, with no evidence of prior damage or rust. Champagne pinstriping, excellent brightwork, maroon wheels and whitewall tires complement the two-tone champagne and maroon finish. The restored interior is trimmed in magnolia hides with maroon piping, maroon carpeting and sheepskin over carpeting at the rear. All power windows have been inspected, refurbished and lubricated and are quick and quiet in their operation. The interior woodwork is a true highlight, with only some hazing and cracking noted above the rear jump seats. The carpeted trunk is finished as standard and equipped with a spare tire, an original-style jack, jack handle and crank, a battery disconnect, a manual tire pump and more.

With no known mechanical flaws, this Phantom V has been driven recently at speeds of 80-90 mph in near-total silence. The brakes truly inspire confidence in the driver. Impressively preserved and well maintained, this is certainly one of the grandest and most rare bespoke Rolls-Royce limousines ever built.


Please note that the title for this vehicle is in transit. The serial no. is 5LVB27.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

Alexander Weaver

+1 864 313 6844
California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

+44 (0) 74 1511 4179
United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

+1 203 912 7168
Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

+1 415 302 2247
California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

+1 617 513 0388
United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

+1 954 566 2209
Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

+1 717 623 1638
California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

+1 805 231 6410
California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

+1 519 352 4575
Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

+44 (0) 75 0110 7447
United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

+44 (0) 20 7851 7070
United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

+1 519 784 9300
Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more