Rolls-Royce has announced plans to bring a selection of the greatest and most significant Phantom models to an exhibition in Mayfair.
Since the first Phantom was built 92 years ago, these luxurious machines have been owned and used by some very famous and important people across the world. Rolls-Royce is set to celebrate the model with a special exhibition in Mayfair called ‘The Great Eight Phantoms’.
Running from 27 July, Rolls-Royce will celebrate the Phantom – the world’s longest-lived model name – bringing one of the seven model generations to Mayfair to sit alongside the eighth-generation Phantom, which has yet to be unveiled.
Developed following World War I to be the best car in the world, the original Phantom was launched in 1925. It was powered by a 7.668-litre engine, and excelled at high-speed cruising. It was soon replaced by the Phantom II in 1929, which was almost entirely new.
The third-generation model was about 12 months into development when Sir Henry Royce passed away in 1933. The 12-cylinder model went into production in 1936, and was built until the Second World War meant that Rolls-Royce production was diverted to the war effort.SEE RELATED: Take a look at Rolls-Royce Phantoms for sale
There was no replacement intended after the war, until a one-off Phantom IV appeared for Prince Philip in 1950. Following this, a further 17 were produced for various Royal families and heads of state around the world. Between 1959 and 1968, the company built 516 examples of the Phantom V.
Following this was the long-running Phantom VI, which was produced from 1968 all the way to 1990. 2003 saw the rebirth of the name, with an all-new VII model – truly a Phantom for the modern world. Production finished at the end of 2016, ahead of the introduction of a new model later this year.
No Phantom is simply ordinary, but this exhibition will bring only the most historically significant and special Phantoms from around the world. The first to be announced is the Fred Astaire Phantom I, which is on loan from the Petersen Museum in Los Angeles. The remaining seven cars are set to be unveiled over the next seven weeks ahead of the opening of the event.