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Coachwork by Frua and Royle Cars Ltd.
*Please note that this car will not be sold for use or resale in California or to a non-dealer California resident. Please also note that as a result of being in static storage, this car requires mechanical attention to the engine and cooling system. Such cooling system work will be performed by the Consignor at the Consignor’s expense.
Robert “Bobby” Buchanan-Michaelson, London, England (chassis purchased new via Jack Barclay Ltd. in 1970)James C. Leake Sr., Muskogee, Oklahoma (acquired in 1977)Private Owners (acquired in November 1987)Private Owner, London, England (acquired in 1989)Private Owner, London, England (acquired in 2001)David Bloom, Shenstone, Staffordshire, England (acquired in 2003)Current Owner (acquired from the above)
63rd Geneva International Motor Show, Geneva, Switzerland, March 199330th Essen Motor Show, Essen, Germany, November 1997The National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, Brockenhurst, EnglandThe 11th Goodwood Festival of Speed, Chichester, West Sussex, England, June 2003
Introduced for 1968, the Phantom VI marked the final expression of traditional, coachbuilt automobiles purpose-built by Rolls-Royce to individual order. The Phantom VI was produced in bare-chassis form through 1991; 374 were constructed, with the overwhelming majority bodied by Rolls-Royce subsidiary Mulliner Park Ward. Two one-off cabriolets were designed by master Italian coachbuilder Frua of Torino, including PRH 4643, the commanding, luxurious, and versatile four-door example offered here, and the last Phantom VI completed.
PRH 4643 was commissioned in 1970 by Robert “Bobby” Buchanan-Michaelson, a successful British real-estate developer. It was delivered in June 1971 to Jack Barclay Ltd. in London and subsequently shipped to Frua in Italy. By September 1971, chalk drawings for the Sedanca de Ville body style were completed on black construction paper by Pietro Frua. In 1972, however, construction of the body for PRH 4643 was halted at Frua. Subsequently, the noted and prolific American collector James “Jimmy” C. Leake Sr. of Muskogee, Oklahoma, purchased the project. During April 1977, new design drawings were produced by Frua, this time a four-door State Cabriolet body style.
With the death of Pietro Frua in 1983 and then the late-1980s dispersal of Mr. Leake’s collection, the project foundered. New owners selected Royle Cars Ltd. of the UK to complete it in time for its public debut at the 1993 Geneva Auto Show, where it took pride of place as the last Phantom VI to be completed.
While certainly grand in scale, 4643 boasts an uncommon purity and crispness of line belying its massive size. It also offers a choice of five possible body styles including a Limousine, State Landaulette, Sedanca de Ville, State Cabriolet, and Full Convertible, depending upon the configuration of the top and raising and lowering the windows. The Champagne leather-trimmed interior, especially the rear passenger compartment, is a study in bespoke luxury. It offers a central division window, leather-covered jump seats at either side of the built-in cocktail cabinet, and quarter-cut burled walnut with solid silver inlays. Independent front and rear heating, air-conditioning, and fresh-air ventilation systems provide climate control, while occupants operate the television, video player, radio, and even the cocktail cabinet via remote control. For the gentleman, a portable Davidoff cigar humidor resides under the rear seat, and the vehicle includes a matching silk-lined ladies’ vanity case.
Remarkably, it has only 72 miles on the odometer, making it one of the lowest-mileage coachbuilt Phantoms in existence.
Fascinating throughout, 4643 is accompanied by a wealth of documentation including copies of the original chassis card, Rolls-Royce internal and external correspondence, design drawings, invoices, and more. As offered, this is a true one of one Phantom VI, the last completed, and simply irreplaceable.