The Rolls Royce Phantom III was the last of the larger Rolls Royce line to see light before the onset of World War II. With the death of Henry Royce just three years prior you might expect the Phantom III to lag without the input of the engineering genius, but Rolls Royce was bigger than its founders at this point and determined to continue creating extraordinary motor vehicles. An engine designed by the late Royce spearheaded the charge packing a whopping 160 horsepower via a 7.3 liter twelve-cylinder engine unprecedented in the history of the now decades old company.
The early models were fitted with a complex system of hydraulic tappets but would return to solid tappets in 1938. Other innovations were the integration of electronics in the form of dual electric pumps to draw fuel from the tank more efficiently and a new independent front suspension based on a design by General Motors. In most areas the Phantom III would leave behind the original 40/50s and mark a changing of the guard for Rolls Royce as the company entered a new era.
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A later testament to this scarce yet iconic car would be its appearance in the 1964 James Bond film Goldfinger as the car of the main villain Auric Goldfinger, wherein they nod to its real life power and reliability. If you were to come across Goldfingers Phantom III it would certainly be priced higher than even the most mechanically flawless standard Phantom III. This is a prime example of how special histories and sentiments can modify the value of a classic car. Its vital that you research, research, and research some more after the usual steps of checking for rust, inauthentic parts, and mechanical shortcomings.
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