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1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Open Tourer Barker [3BU134]

1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III [3BU134] in Penn & Teller: Bullshit!, Non-fiction TV, 2003-2010 IMDB Ep. 3.03

Class: Cars, Convertible — Model origin: UK

1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Open Tourer Barker [3BU134]

Position 00:02:10 [*][*] Minor action vehicle or used in only a short scene

Comments about this vehicle


nzcarnerd NZ

2010-06-13 10:11


Appears to have independent front suspension - maybe a Phantom 3??

robgeelen2 NL

2010-06-22 23:26


Rolls Royce Phantom III Open Tourer by Barker, originally supplied to India

park-ward FR

2010-07-15 21:31


1937 Phantom III, chassis #3BU134.

antp BE

2014-02-05 17:18


Car info sent by current owner:

1937 Rolls Royce, Phantom III, 3BU134

The car cost £2085, was ordered by Allied Motors, 19 August 1936, and shipped on the SS “Somali”, 24 July 1937 to Bombay, for Maharaja Lt-Col. Sir Shri Rajaram Chhitrapati of Kolhapur (30 July 1897 to 26 November 1940), his first Rolls-Royce or Bentley.

The most complex Rolls-Royce engine ever, the V-12-powered Phantom III was an extraordinary engineering achievement and continues to be regarded as one of the finest automobile designs of the 1930s. Code-named “Spectre” during development, it debuted at the 1935 Olympia Motor Show and garnered immediate acclaim as the world’s most technically advanced, series-produced automobile. It broke new ground as the first British car with a unique system of hydraulic, self-adjusting valve tappets with eccentric bushings in each individual rocker, actuated by a small hydraulic piston, ensuring zero valve-lash at the rocker/valve interface. It has a manual 4-speed, synchromeshed transmission. 4-wheel servo-assisted brakes are applied by cable (using a servo under license from Hispano-Suiza). The radiator shell is Staybrite steel. The Phantom III is unusual for its twin ignition systems, with two distributors, two coils and 24 spark plugs. Fuel is provided by a twin SU electric pump. Wire wheels are fitted as standard, but many cars carry Ace wheel discs.

Before WWII, Rolls-Royce only made the engine, drive train and rigid cruciform-braced, box-girder chassis with independent wishbone front suspension and semi-elliptic rear springs. This car had the steering at the middle E rake and was tested 8 February 1937. Barker Co. fitted it with seven-seat open tourer design, E7618, body no. 7269, painted ivory having a brown roof with fawn lining, scuttle and wing lamps, a Safebeam Super fog lamp with Nebulite orange/amber glass on a chrome-plated bar between the headlamps, flagstaff, and special mascot. The interior was all in ivory leather, fitted with a division with occasional seats, a Philco radio, and a light. The back seat was 21 in. deep, with adjustable base and squab.

While there were 727 Phantom III’s made over 4 years, there was only 2 open tourers, this one by Barker and 3AX123 by Cooper.

Most PIII’s came off the production line in 1937 - the big year for sales before the worsening international situation made people shy of buying big expensive cars. Barker was on its way out by 1937 - bought in 1938 by Hoopers.

1971 - The car returned to the UK, registered 5942 DH.
1975, March - Sold at auction in Geneva,
1975, May - For sale by Coys of London in, for $US 38,000,
1989, Oct. - For sale by Tom Barrett, Arizona, for $550,000,
1990 For sale @ $600,000, mileage only 13,000.
1991, January - Did not sell for $475,000,
1992 - Did not sell at an auction in Tokyo.
1992 For sale for $395,000.
1995, August - Sold at auction for $136,000,
1996 Blackhawk collection had it for sale for $275,000
1998 who went bankrupt.
Auctioned by US Treasury, March 2000 for $165,000 to Jimmy Walter, by which time it had been repainted red with a polished aluminum hood (bonnet) and red top (hood).
Went to Tampa, Florida, then to Santa Barbara, in 2002.
In 2005 it was shipped to Vienna, Austria where Mr. Walter lives.

Known owners:
Maharajah of Kolhapur
1971: Henry R Wilkins (US)
1985: James C Leake (US)
1989: Tom W Barrett (US) - Lon Kreuger (US)
1997: David Hogue (US)
2000: Jimmy Walter

2013, December - the car engine finished a complete overhaul by Mr. John Little, of Cowbit, UK, considered the expert on PIII’s engines and major producer of remanufactured PIII engine parts.

21 Phantom III’s shipped to India.

3AZ 47 Limousine, Hooper, 1936 July, H.E Viceroy of India
3AZ 198 Limousine, Hooper, 1936 Dec, Commander-in-Chief Delhi
3AX 87 Saloon Limousine, Barker, 1937 June, Nawab of Bahawalpur
3AX147 Limousine, Gurney Nutting, 1937 Feb, Mah. Holkar of Indore
3AX201 Limousine, Hooper, 1937 Mar, Mah. Gaekwar of Baroda
3BU 50 Landaulette, Thrupp and Maberley, 1937 Mar, Mah. Darbhanga
3BU 76 Sedanca de Ville, Barker, 1937 June, Mah. of Jaipur
3BU 82 Sedanca de Ville, Hooper, 1937 June, Maharani of Nabha
3BU 86 Allweather, Thrupp and Maberley, 1937 April, Nawab of Bhopal
3BU 102 Limousine, Hooper, 1937 April, Mah. of Jodhpur
3BU 106 Limousine, Kellner, 1937 Feb, Maharani of Baroda
3BU 134 Open Tourer, Barker, 1937 July, Mah. of Kolhapur
3BU 198 Sedanca de Ville, Windovers, 1937 April, Mah. of Rajpipla
3BT 75 Saloon, Windovers, 1937 July, Maharawal of Chhota Udaipur
3BT 181 Allweather, Barker, 1937 Sept, Ruling Chief of Keonjhar State
3CP 112 Saloon, Windovers, 1937 Nov, Prince of Baroda
3CP 116 Cabriolet, Windovers, 1938 Feb, Prince of Berar
3CM 37 Saloon, Park Ward, 1938 Jan, Mah. of Panchakote
3DL 26 Cabriolet, Thrupp and Maberley, 1938 July, Raj. of Parlakimedi
3DL 90 Limousine, Park Ward, 1938 Sept, Indian trials
3DL 96 4 Seater Sports, Park Ward, 1938 Nov, Mah. Saheb of Morvi
3DL 200 Drop Head coupe, Park Ward, 1939 Nov, India High Comm.

-- Last edit: 2014-02-05 17:20:41

antp BE

2014-02-05 17:23



The English Autocar Road Test, 1938
Top speed = 140 km/h (87.5 mph)
0 - 60 mph (96 km/h) = 16.8 seconds.
Fuel consumption = 0.28 liters/km
8.4 mpg - US
10 mpg - Imp.

Engine - R78J
Overhead-valve, Single Camshaft, Pushrod V-12
Aluminum alloy cylinder heads/crankcase-cylinder block
Cast-iron, wet cylinder liners.
Capacity: 447 in³ (7.32L)
Bore: 3.25 inches (82.5 mm)
Stroke: 4.5 inches (114.3 mm)
@ 3000 rpm: 167.3 PS - 165 bhp - 123 kW
Specific output: 22.5 bhp/liter - 0.37 bhp/cu in.

Chasis - 3BU134
Coach Design: E7618
Coach Number: 7269

mm / inches
Wheelbase: 3607 / 142
Track/tread: 1588 / 62.5
Length: 5410 / 213
Width: 1956 / 77
Height: 1905 / 75
Ground clearance: 222 / 8.7
Wheelbase ratio: 1.5
Curb weight: 2642 kg / 5825 lb
Fuel tank capacity: 150 ltrs / 33 Imp Gal / 39.6 US Gal

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