1961 Rolls-Royce Phantom V Sedanca De Ville (by James Young, LTD) (1961)




This particular car is one of only seven PV22SD design cars. It was selected to be the Earls Court London Show Car for 1960 and was purchased before construction by Mrs. Elsie Tritton, a VIP for both Rolls-Royce and James Young. A New Yorker, Elsie Tritton was first married to Sir Louis Baron, who made a fortune as the chairman of Black Cat Cigarettes. They subsequently divorced and the resilient Elsie later married Robert Tritton, a purveyor of fine art and antiques to wealthy customers and Queen Mary. The Trittons had a London home on Grosvenor Square and a country home, a 2100-acre estate called Godmersham Park near Canterbury. The home was previously owned by Edward Knight, the brother of Jane Austen. Austin is said to have written at Godmersham and received inspirations there for many of her characters and scenes in her books, such as in Pride and Prejudice. Mrs. Tritton was known for being very particular with her cars. For example, she specified to A.F. McNeil, James Young Chief Designer and B.O. Davis, General Manager, that there would be no occasional seats, as she wanted to see their finest burl walnut from the division window to the floor. Instead she ordered burl wood cabinets on either side of a burl speaker facia, so that there would be a veritable sea of beautiful burl wood. These cabinets were specified to be finished in polished burl on the inside as well, which is quite unique. The fitted cabinets to the division contained crystal decanters, glasses and smoking accessories. The Sedanca with her custom registration plate “ET 38” when seen in London was said to lead to speculation that this car must belong to Elizabeth Taylor! Mrs. Tritton died in 1983. The car was then sold to its second owner, J. Seward Johnson, Chairman of Johnson and Johnson in the United States. Extremely rare and elegant, today the James Young Phantom V Sedanca de Ville is one of the most valuable and sought after post-war cars by collectors. This car has a very complete pedigree and a leather bound history book accompanies the car. The car is accompanied by some original and nearly impossible to find James Young brochures as well as an original and unplundered tool kit.

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  • Mileage: 1
  • Year: 1961
  • Doors: 4
  • Body type: Estate
  • Transmission type: Automatic
  • Fuel type: Petrol
  • Colour: Black


  • Engine layout: Front Engined
  • Engine size (Litres): 6.3
  • Engine configuration: V8
  • Cylinders: 8

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