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Coachwork by Brewster & Co.
From the Collection of Robert Merrifield
The ownership history of this delightful car, on record with the Rolls-Royce Owners’ Club and validated by numerous archival sources states that S210KR was sold new in September 1929 to a W.R. Thorsen. Later, L.B. Melzer was an interim caretaker before Stanley Stewart of Portland, Oregon, a former San Francisco Rolls-Royce mechanic, acquired the Phantom I in 1942. By late 1948, the Newmarket returned to California’s Bay Area when it was purchased by Mrs. Sylvia Childs of Berkeley. S210KR then passed through the ownership of several Rolls-Royce enthusiasts including the highly regarded collector and longtime Pebble Beach Master of Ceremonies Paul Woudenberg. In 1993, it joined the extensive Rolls-Royce collection of Robert Merrifield, a distinguished longtime marque enthusiast, where it has been cared for ever since.
S210KR is elegantly finished in velvet green with brilliantly polished aluminum bonnet panels, scuttle, and beltline, and its distinctive Brewster brightwork, Marchal Trilux headlamps, and tan canvas top combine for a truly striking presentation. This late Springfield Phantom I’s tan leather-trimmed interior complements the handsome American walnut dash panel and its array of instruments, including an ammeter, oil pressure, temperature, and fuel-level gauge, plus a clock and speedometer. Under the dash, the T-handle operates the Bijur chassis lubrication system, an important modern advance and a great time-saver.
Those with long-term experience with a Springfield Phantom I can attest to the model’s excellent road manners and superb build quality, with many having provided 100,000 miles or more of service. With unparalleled club support and numerous knowledgeable technical advisors, a Phantom I makes an excellent choice for a classic to drive and enjoy.
For the new owner looking to participate in prestigious events, this rare American- made Rolls-Royce would be welcomed into high-level concours, as well as RROC events and tours. The Phantom I Newmarket
Following WWI, the Springfield, Massachusetts, Rolls-Royce Works was founded and soon built left-hand-drive, chassis attracting the elite among American buyers. Like their British siblings, the Springfield Rolls-Royce chassis were supplied to coachbuilders, usually Rolls-Royce Custom Coachwork or Brewster & Co. Since Brewster & Co.’s distinctive designs were so superior to anything else available, Rolls-Royce bought the company in 1925.
Approximately 67 Newmarkets were built on Springfield Phantom I chassis, appealing to trendsetters like Manhattan socialite Tommy Manville. Another au courant first owner of a Newmarket was one of Hollywood’s Warner brothers, along with many other prominent Americans of the 1920s.