1969 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI Limousine

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Formerly owned by Harrods owner Mohamed Abdel Moneim Al Fayed

The Rolls-Royce Phantom series was envisaged by Rolls-Royce to be the produced for royalty, heads of state and business elite. By 1967, with the chassisless Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow model firmly established, the only remaining British coachbuilder was H.J. Mulliner, Park Ward, Ltd., a subsidiary on Rolls-Royce. The Phantom V, which replaced the royalty/heads of state-only Phantom IV, was introduced in 1959 and remained as the only Rolls-Royce chassis on which true coachbuilt bodies in the traditional sense could be built. The Phantom V long-wheelbase limousine was built on the 145” chassis and measured almost 20 feet in length, enabling coachbuilders to combine spacious interior accommodation with generous trunk space and graceful lines.
The first ‘production’ version of the Phantom VI was tested in July 1968, and then exhibited at the Earls Court Motor Show. The new Phantom VI differed from the Phantom V only in respect to its engine, which was Rolls-Royce’s new 6,230cc all-alloy V8 engine, and also that it was fitted with separate front and rear air conditioning units. The rear compartment was of course the ultimate in luxury, being unchanged from the Phantom V. The early PVI cars still had the traditional rear compartment doors opening with hinges at the rear edge of the door. The first customer delivered Phantom VI was on January 1st, 1969.

This Rolls-Royce Phantom VI, fitted with a H.J. Mulliner Park Ward Enclosed Limousine body, was originally finished in Masons black. It carries registration number KXB 900 and was used by Rolls-Royce Motors on their exhibition stand at the 1969 Earls Court Motor Show. It was subsequently delivered in November 12, 1969 to its first owner, G.A. Lomas, Esq, chairman of J & J Dyson, Ltd. of Sheffield, England.

In 1994, becoming only its fourth owner since new, the car was acquired by Mohamed Abdel Moneim Al Fayed through his shipping company General Navigation Company (Genavco). Mr. Al Fayed, an Egyptian billionaire, was also the owner of the famed Harrods Department store in London and on acquiring the car commissioned it to be completely refurbished and upgraded, and re-finished in the Harrods Green color with Gold Basketwork. During the restoration, undertaken by Rolls-Royce appointed coachbuilder S.C. Gordon Company, the car was to be upgraded with the directive; ‘Mr. Al Fayed has expressed the desire that this car, to use his own words, “Should be the Ultimate”.‘
The rear compartment was to be completely restyled per Rolls-Royce Option One, which removed the occasional seats. The refurbishment specifications included; Ice box that must be able to accept Champagne bottles, independent telephones in each side arm rest, and in center compartment, and a fax machine so that each can be used independently and able to make international calls. Sliding side curtains across the glass division and side and rear glass. Dark glass on all rear compartment glass so passengers can see out but people cannot see in. Intercom between front & rear controlled from the rear and it must not be possible for the driver to hear what is being said in the rear compartment when glass division is in raised position and intercom is shut off. A rear view television camera mounted in the rear with TV monitor in front compartment. A television with video player and a radio/cassette recorder with auto reverse. The interior of the car was also fitted with Connolly Green hide on seats and the velvet Parkertex headlining material, with inscribed with the Harrods name throughout. The exterior roof of the car is finished in beige Everflex fabic and fitted with false ‘pram irons’ on the rear roof section.

Of the 374 Phantom VI bodies produced over its 22 year-long production period, 346 were the Mulliner Park Ward limousine design number 2003 – a closed car with division between the front and rear compartments.