IF you were an original Rolls Royce Phantom IV owner, then allow me to welcome your majesty to Supercartribe! Actually, not every model was sold to royalty, but it’s a pretty safe assumption, nonetheless.  All 18 models were made specifically for Rolls-Royce’s most distinguished clients: the British Royal Family and various other heads of state. Because this limited run of very special vehicles was only manufactured between 1950 and 1956, most models are no longer with their original owners. Surprisingly, Queen Elizabeth’s landaulette version still owned by the Royal family until its auction in 2018 where it sold for £800,000.

Build and Design

As the upscale alternative to the Silver Wraith, the Rolls-Royce Phantom IV was built on a more stout platform. That meant Rolls could load the car down with all of the luxury amenities, not to mention armour, that their customer requested. The Phantom IV was made back when separate coachbuilders were still responsible for Rolls-Royce bodies. Various builders, including H J Mulliner, Park Ward, and Hooper were given the monumental task of designing the bodies for the Phantom. Three were made with a drophead body, while one unusual car was actually fitted with a Park Ward-designed pickup truck body. 

All but three Phantom IVs were manufactured with a 5.7-litre inline-8 engine. The final three models, meanwhile, were fitted with a 6.5-litre powerplant (also an inline-8). If you think a straight-8 engine is a rather unusual design for Rolls-Royce, well, you’d be right. In fact, this is the only Rolls with that particular engine layout. While all models were fitted with a 4-speed gearbox, although some of the early models received manual versions, whereas all later models have automatics.

Other Famous Owners

As I mentioned earlier, the Queen was a Phantom IV recipient, but she actually received 2 models; one a limousine while the other was the aforementioned landaulette. She wasn’t the only multiple-Phantom ruler, however: Three were sent to Spanish dictator Francisco Franco, all with special armoured bodies fitted. King Faisal II of Iraq also ordered a black Hooper-designed limousine in 1953, just 5 years before his death. Other British royalty to order a Phantom IV included Princess Margaret and Prince Henry.

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