It is a national holiday and the weather is exceptionally benevolent, the sun is shining. England’s citizens are lining the pavements and waiting for their Queen. Irrespective of their class or political persuasion, the Queen is something really special. They wave flags and most of the onlookers have dressed up specially for the occasion. Finally, there is some movement in the crowd, mobile phones and children are held above shoulders, the big moment of the encounter is about to take place. Surely, there can be no other automobile in the world that lives up to this grand occasion as well as the Rolls-Royce Phantom VI. It embodies the best English tradition and aristocratic craftsmanship, while maintaining an air of understatement on any great occasion. Ostentatiousness and showmanship are foreign concepts to this automobile, indeed it has no need to strive for status and eminence. This Rolls-Royce is not simply an automobile, it is an institution on wheels. It is Great Britain.
50 years of Phantom VI.
The year of unrest in 1968 just happened to be the year that saw production of the Rolls-Royce Phantom VI commence. It followed the Phantom V, which had been built for almost ten years. While students were protesting and engaging in street battles with the, veteran craftsmen were stoically putting metal, leather and wood together to create a noble work of art. It was as though time had stood still. H.J. Mulliner & Co and Park Ward were formerly independent coachbuilders which Rolls-Royce had bought up and merged together. As many as 750 employees produced luxury and exclusive automobiles here.
One-off specials in series.
The Phantom VI is built on a rolling chassis, as was usual before the war. Although this increased the weight, it was absolutely perfect for styling individual bodies to meet the client’s aspirations, particularly given its very long wheelbase of 3660 millimetres. There was lots of room for luxury upholstery and leg room. Naturally, the minibar was an absolute must. Occasional seats in the floor even allowed guests to come along as well.
A new Phantom VI was always built to the client’s specifications, individual preferences and aspirations were the central focus. Colour schemes, materials and leather as well as detailed solutions could be tailored to individual requirements. Delivery times from one to two years were normal. This means that no two Phantom VI automobiles are the same, and each one you come across today always tells a story about the first owner.
Service in the background – engine and drivetrain.
The Silver Shadow was also fitted with the V8 engine with 6.2 litre capacity. It generated “sufficient” power for all situations. You could not hear it anyway, either inside or outside. An automatic transmission provided smooth-running comfort. In 1978, the capacity was expanded to 6.75 litres. The Phantom VI is a classic chauffeur-driven limousine because it is primarily intended to convey prestige. Gliding along with a dignified air is probably the best description, excessive speed would be quite inappropriate.
The Phantom VI was built until 1991, just 374 motor cars came into existence. When the production run came to an end, Mulliner Park Ward closed its doors for the last time. An era came to an end, a great chapter in engineering history. Automobiles as an expression of perfect craftsmanship.
Great Britain on Wheels. The Rolls-Royce Phantom VI embodies the best of British craftsmanship.
Status, dignity and elegance – superlatives come together as self-evident within the Rolls-Royce Phantom VI.
Maximum comfort and exceptional understatement of detail. A Rolls-Royce Phantom VI is never pretentious, it simply aspires to providing perfect service.
Workplace for specialists. The Rolls-Royce Phantom VI is intended to convey prestige and it is consequently not intended for self-drivers. The motor car has essentially been designed for a chauffeur, although driving the vehicle is most certainly a joyful experience.
If the owner wants to take some friends along, or if assistants need a place, the occasional seats can be folded down. The exquisite bar in the centre allows the owner to be a perfect host.
Take the stage! Driving in the Rolls-Royce Phantom VI styled as a landaulette gives the occupants on the rear seats a fantastic view or else they can wave to the cheering crowds of people lining the streets.
Over the course of many years, the Rolls-Royce Phantom VI remained true to itself. There was undoubtedly engineering progress but this was scarcely perceptible from the outside. Photograph from 1983.
The splendid bar was based on the principle of an ocean-going yacht. The glasses could be fixed in place and their slim shape made them less likely to cause spillages. Everything was manufactured at Mulliner Park Ward, previously an independent coachbuilder that was taken over by Rolls-Royce.
Boot lid handle with taillights. The special quality of a Rolls-Royce becomes truly tangible in the superlative details.