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Published on July 27th, 2019 | by Subhash Nair

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This Rolls-Royce Phantom VI was Abandoned in KL

Earlier this week, facebook user Joyce Lua posted these photos of an abandoned Rolls Royce Phantom VI* in Bandar Tun Razak, KL. The Phantom VI was made between 1968 and 1990 in Crewe (where Rolls Royce once shared a production line with Bentley).

Rolls-Royce fit this vehicle with a twin carburetted, 200hp, 6 and a quarter litre V8 and a four-speed Hydra-matic automatic gearbox. In spite of its 2.5 tonne weight, the Phantom was said to be able to hit a top speed of 160km/h, which is pretty respectable for a limo in the 1960s. Some models were 5-seaters, while others were able to fit 7.

Is it a collector?

Compared to the Phantom IV that came before it, the Phantom V and Phantom VI is not quite as sought after. This is because only 18 models of the Phantom IV were made while over 800 units of the Phantom V and VI were produced. The Phantom IV and V are mechanically similar, but they differ in a few aspects.

The Phantom V was essentially a stretched version of the Rolls Royce Silver Cloud II, sharing a chassis, engine and some styling elements. The VI builds on this with a fresh look and later a larger displacement engine.

As seen in the road tax sticker (which stopped being renewed in 2005), there’s an indication that the engine displaces 6757cc, indicating it was made between 1979 and 1990.

Is it worth restoring?

That depends. We don’t know the actual history of this particular model. Given how most Rolls-Royce vehicles are customised to the individual, there are so many factors to consider besides the condition of the car. There are auction houses that have sold one-off, special editions of the Phantom V for more than US$490,000. But these are really custom made with extreme bodywork changes and production numbers you can count with your fingers.

In short, we don’t know. With the right restoration and paperwork, you might fetch a fair sum under RM100,000, but who knows.

The more important questions are:

  • can you find the owner?
  • is the owner willing and legally able to part with the car?
  • will you be able to agree on a price?
  • can you find someone willing and able to carry out a restoration within your budget?
  • is there someone who will buy it once all that’s done?

*The initial article referred to the car as a Phantom V. We have since amended it


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