1929 Rolls-Royce LHD Springfield Phantom I Newmarket Tourer (1929)




Chassis Nr. S339LR      
Bodied by Brewster in 1929 and supplied new to Beverly Hills, this is a very smart, correct example of a desirable car, being a full, easy access, four door cabriolet with wind up windows and removable 'B' posts, offering a variety of coachwork configurations. Last with us in 2002, now nicely finished in a lovely shade of deep, inky blue, with matching blue hood and pleated & buttoned black leather interior, all of which we feel suits the car well, enhanced by the six chrome plated wheel discs. The car is a real eyeful and incorporates a colour-matched fitted trunk at the rear, twin side-mounted spare wheels, correct lamps all round, twin bar bumpers front & rear (quarter bumpers at the back), and a nice set of instruments, the whole car being, sharp, clean and very well presented. Structurally and mechanically very good as well having been subject to expenditure circa £75,000 in recent times. Driving nicely, offered serviced, prepared & newly MoT‘d. Comes complete with an indoor cover in a zipped bag, to keep the dust off!
Chassis No. S339LR                Reg No. SV 9167
Snippets: Silent Screen Star
S339LR was delivered to John Francis Dillon (1884/1934) on Boxing Day 1929 at his Beverly Hills Mansion on Canon Drive.  Amusingly enough there another 3 John Dillons all being involved in stage & screen!!  Our John Francis Dillon started his acting career on the stage and one of his first screen roles was in The Chief’s Daughter, in 1915 he directed his first film The Key to Yesterday.  Throughout his career he had roles as an actor in 72 films but as a director he was involved in over 100 films with famous names such as Helen Twelvetrees, Mary Pickford, Bette Davies & Clara Bow.  In his private life he was married to Edith Hallor who started her career as a Follies Girl then went on to act in 16 silent screen films.  John Dillion died of a heart attack shortly before his 50th birthday whilst attending a party in Beverley Hills. During the 1950s & 60s the Phantom I was with a navy man who was stationed at the Naval Air Station of North Island, San Diego – built in 1917 it still forms part of the largest aerospace-industrial complex in the United States Navy.  Milestones of the Naval Base include 1911 - the first seaplane flight, 1914 - the first parachute jump made by a lady “Tiny” Broadwick, 1923 the first mid-air refuelling and the first non-stop transatlantic flight! There are many many more with famous aviators associated with North Island including Charles A. Lindbergh, Glenn Curtiss, Lt. Yamada and Ltd. Commander Earl Wingfield Spencer Jr – better known as the cuckolded husband of Wallis Simpson!  The 1970s saw S339LR with Gregory Hovas whose sister became the wife of Baron Enrico di Portanova – the Portanovas were a jet-set couple who loved to entertain, after their deaths (just a few weeks apart) their property “Arabesque” in Acapulo Bay was inherited by Gregory Hovas who was also the couples business manager.  

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  • Year: 1929
  • Doors: 4
  • Body type: Convertible
  • Transmission type: Manual
  • Fuel type: Petrol
  • Colour: Blue

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