The classic limousines of their day these open cowl chaffeur driven motorcars offer an elegant look and stance. Dan Schmitt & Co have this 1928 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Town Car in their St Louis gallery. It features coachwork by Springfield, St Martin, Brewster. It was the personal car of King C. Gillette, the inventor and founder of the Gillette Razor Co. Because of that it is reported to be one of the most photographed Rolls-Royce motorcars of all time.
This car has been SOLD.
It was purchased by King C. Gillette, inventor of the Gillette razor and founder of the Gillette Safety Razor Company, and it was owned by the Gillette family until 1964. Only two familes have owned this car since it was new. It was also used in several Hollywood movies and commercials, including “The April Fools” with Jack Lemmon, “The Cotton Club”, “Putney Swope”, and more.
Dan Schmitt & Co tell us that it currently has just 24,437 original miles. It was just mechanically restored with a new clutch, brakes, fuel tan and fuel system all freshened. Invoices for $25,000 are available for the next owner to view.
This car placed First in Class at the 1965 Madison Square Garden Autorama. They say it comes with original tools, wheel-center spares, original jack and accessories. Plus they have the owner’s manual.
It remains in incredibly original condition, with its original Wilton Wool carpets, amazing Mahogonhy inlays, and an assortment of tools, factory accessories, and spare wheel hubs that is truly impressive. This car has been wonderfully preserved, and displays the typical patina naturally associated with a car of this age. While cosmetically it remains largely original, it has just undergone an extensive mechanical freshening with new clutch, brakes, fuel tank and system freshened, as well as the Bijur lubrication system at a total cost of approximately $25,000. It would make a wonderful driver and show piece as it is with its incredible amount of original content, or one could take it to the next level and make it a true showpiece. There are few Rolls-Royces in existence that can claim such provenance, documented history, and state of preservation such as this one. It is truly one of the most famous and most photographed of all time, and it is with great pleasure that we offer it for your review. Classic cars have proven to be among the most resilient and rewarding investments in recent years with the Historic Automobile Group Index (HAGI) jumping 39% in 2013 and posting gains of 395-percent over the last 10-years