Prince Henry's Phantom V
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Prince Henry's Phantom V 3 years, 5 months ago #1

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Prince Henry, the Duke of Gloucester, was the third of four sons of King George V and Queen Mary.

His two elder brothers David, the Prince of Wales/Duke of Windsor and Albert, the Duke of York, both were King of England. The first, as King Edward VIII, who abdicated after 11 months. The second, as King George VI, father of the present Queen Elisabeth II.

Henry was a full blood military man and Governor-General of Australia from 1945 to 1947. During his stay in the Antipodes he took 3 Rolls Royce cars with him, a 20/25, Phantom III and a Wraith. Although Daimler had the Royal warrant, King George V stimulated his sons to buy Rolls Royce motorcars. Prince Henry and both his eldest brother David and his younger brother George, the Duke of Kent, were RR enthusiasts. Prince Albert, on the other hand was a Lanchester and Armstrong Siddeley owner.


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Back from Australia the 3 cars were replaced by a Silver Wraith and a Phantom IV (one of the only 18 made). Finally the P IV was succeeded by this Phantom V. And as Hooper (his preferred coach builder) had already shut shop, this P V was built by James Young of Bromley, Kent on chassis 5AT30.

Prince Henry had his car styled to his own specific taste in which "old fashioned" pre- war elements were very much present. Big R100 sealed-beam headlights, indicator lights in the noses of the front wing, "Unity" spot lamps and a very small rear window. Also an Eagle mascot and his favorite mix of paints: satin and gloss black. The interior was rather sober, no fancy veneer and such.

His registration number, carried over from his previous cars was XH8888. XH for his regiment, the 10th Hussars. This Phantom V suffered a dreadful accident, returning to Northampton after Sir Winston Churchill's funeral, the car somersaulted three times and landed upside down. Prince Henry, who suffered a heart attack from this crash, had the car repaired and is now owned by his sole surviving son Prince Richard.

The real deal:


The 1/43 model by Classic Models:




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Re: Prince Henry's Phantom V 3 years, 5 months ago #2

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I did a reg check on this & it is still registered to a black Roll Royce Limosuine engine size 6230 petrol registered 27/9/1960.
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Re: Prince Henry's Phantom V 3 years, 5 months ago #3

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Exactly Andy, the car was finished and registered in Sept. 1960 and is still kept in the family.

Re: Prince Henry's Phantom V 3 years, 5 months ago #4

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The App I have is mycarcheck.
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Re: Prince Henry's Phantom V 3 years, 5 months ago #5

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With horsepower listed as "Sufficient"


Is the top half of the car vinyl covered or just satin paint ?

Re: Prince Henry's Phantom V 3 years, 5 months ago #6

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Dinkydi wrote:
With horsepower listed as "Sufficient"


Is the top half of the car vinyl covered or just satin paint ?
  


 


Indeed sufficient. I guess only 180 horses. And it is satin black paint, no vinyl is used. The Duke had this mix of satin and gloss done to all his cars.
Here his Phantom IV:
Last Edit: 3 years, 5 months ago by Ecclesley.

Re: Prince Henry's Phantom V 3 years, 5 months ago #7

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He was way ahead of his time, this seems to be the latest fashion, although these days it's more likely a "wrap"



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