1928 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Étoile Town Car by Hibbard & Darrin
Offered without reserve
RM | Sotheby's - AMELIA ISLAND 2018 - Offered on: Saturday, March 10, 2018
- Offered from a prominent private collection
- A striking special town car by Hibbard & Darrin
- Exceptional restoration by marque specialists
- Classic Car Club of America (CCCA) Full Classic
The car was subsequently owned by Mrs. Selina E. Summerfield, a resident of the Ritz Tower in Manhattan, and remained in the city for many years. Its first enthusiast owner appears to have been E.H. Stroh, in whose ownership it was featured in the 1956 film, The Eddy Duchin Story, with Tyrone Power. It was later acquired by E.M. McCarrell of Pennsylvania.
The current owner, a well-known Midwestern collector, purchased the well-preserved Phantom I in the early 21st century, and commissioned a thorough restoration to its original majesty by Glen and Randy Hatcher of Cambridge, Ohio, and by marque specialists, including Steve Littin and Brian Joseph. This work included a new leather top and beautifully appointed interior, as original; correctly finished interior trim; and chrome wire wheels (as original, versus the nickel trim that had largely been discontinued by 1928). Beautifully finished per the original specifications, including a new clutch and radiator from Littin, it was awarded Most Elegant Car at the 2010 Glenmoor Gathering in Canton, Ohio.
An exceptionally elegant and attractive Phantom I, this beautifully appointed automobile would be a superb addition to any Classic Rolls-Royce collection.