1939 Rolls-Royce Phantom III

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Article by Tania Droggitou
Posted on January 16th, 2013
in Design, Specials & Henri Labourdette

The year of 1939 in pre-war Europe, saw the final production year for the Rolls-Royce Phantom III, an automobile which, in its short lifetime, had achieved the status of the ultimate symbol of wealth available to just a small percentage of society.

In 1947 however, the 1939 model of the car reached new heights of exclusivity when a complete rebuild of the car was undertaken by Parisian architect and master coachbuilder, Henri Labourdette, a commission from New Yorker, Louis Ritter.

The car was completely rebuilt and streamlined, gold plating and brass fittings adorned its Art Deco features. It emerged as a unique, one of a kind object of fantasy and still today the Rolls Royce Phantom III Cabriolet ‘Vutotal’ remains the absolute expression of grandeur in luxury automobiles of the 1930s.