Field Marshal Montgomery's Phantom III
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Field Marshal Montgomery's Phantom III 4 years, 10 months ago #1

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TSM produced this model of Monty's Rolls Royce Phantom III









This unique Phantom III was originally ordered to the specifications of Alan Samuel Butler, the chairman of the De Havilland Aircraft Company. His company reckoned that a reverse-slanted split window like this was 15 percent more aerodynamic than the standard upright windshields of the day. On November 20, 1936, Rolls-Royce delivered chassis no. 3AX79 to coachbuilder H.J. Mulliner, who set about creating a body that would satisfy Mr. Butler's nuanced understanding of aerodynamics. Their design included aeronautically inspired features such as the forward-sloping V-split windscreen, a swept tail, an internally contained spare tire, and a dash console highlighted by a Smith Aneroid altimeter.

In 1940, Mr. Butler presented his one-off Phantom III as a gift to Britain's War Department for use by the chiefs of the British General Staff. He stipulated several conditions with the gift, including provisions guaranteeing that the car would be routinely maintained by qualified Rolls-Royce personnel, and that it would never leave the country.


Chassis 3AX79 came under the command of several lesser-known generals for the following few years (Field Marshal Sir William Ironside and Sir Alan Brooke), until it was allocated to General Bernard Montgomery. Known affectionately as "Monty," Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery Viscount of Alamein, gained worldwide renown when he brilliantly crushed Rommel at El Alamein. Following the conclusion of the war, General Montgomery persuaded officials to allow him to purchase his favorite Rolls-Royce, which he used regularly until the death of his longtime chauffeur, Sergeant Cedric Parker, in 1962. The following year, General Montgomery's estate sold this important Phantom III to Jim Leake of Muskogee, Oklahoma, who exhibited the car at his Museum.

In its duty, it has shuttled Sir Winston Churchill, King George VI and President Dwight Eisenhower, among others. The car has been featured in several documentaries and World War II films such as Steven Soderbergh's 2006 picture 'The Good German'


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Re: Field Marshal Montgomery's Phantom III 4 years, 10 months ago #2

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I have not seen the documents confirming the car's aeronautical specification, but have no reason to doubt this, but I was told by one of the car's keepers (a very reliable source!), the windscreen in fact was designed like that to prevent reflections from oncoming car's headlights during night time journeys.


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Re: Field Marshal Montgomery's Phantom III 4 years, 10 months ago #3

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Boeing used this forward slanted windscreen on their 247D of 1933. This is what they had to say about it:


"This was the design solution (similar to that adopted by other contemporary aircraft that used a forward raked windscreen) to the problem of lighted control panel instruments reflecting off the windshield at night, but it turned out that the forward-sloping windshield would reflect ground lights instead, especially during landings".



Last Edit: 4 years, 10 months ago by Ecclesley.
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Re: Field Marshal Montgomery's Phantom III 4 years, 10 months ago #4

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Did you see the ads on the hangar? A new brand of tires, occured DUNLAP


Not suited for racing cars on a circuit...... they lasted just one lap!

Re: Field Marshal Montgomery's Phantom III 4 years, 10 months ago #5

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I suppose there is a model of it ; Monty's Humber in the museum in Coventry






Last Edit: 4 years, 10 months ago by blackstone.

Re: Field Marshal Montgomery's Phantom III 4 years, 10 months ago #6

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Monty's Sunbeam motorcycle is in the Louwman Museum in The Hague


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