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1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Barker Sedanca de Ville [3BU168]

1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III [3BU168] in Goldfinger, Movie, 1964 IMDB

Class: Cars, Sedan — Model origin: UK

1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Barker Sedanca de Ville [3BU168]

Position 00:32:14 [*][*][*] Vehicle used by a character or in a car chase

Comments about this vehicle


juergensmuda DE

2005-12-30 14:53


This is a Rolls-Royce Phantom III

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Bond: She's a beauty. Phantom III '37, isn't she?

When Bond goes into the factory complex at night, he finally discovers how Goldfinger smuggles his gold. The bodywork of his Rolls-Royce is 18-carat gold, it is dismantled, put into the furnace and turned back into bullion weighing 2 tons. He makes six trips a year into Europe using the Rolls-Royce.

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-- Last edit: 2012-10-15 16:00:05 (G-MANN)

juergensmuda DE

2006-03-07 21:16


By the way: The Chassis-Number is 3-BU-168 (1937 Barker Sedanca de Ville)

truckface NO

2006-04-20 14:25


Sure is a beauty! A true old-fashion town car. (Like uncle Scrooges car, the driver is separated from the owner who has a roof over his head).

robgeelen NL

2007-02-01 14:30


The funny thing is, that two identically bodied cars were built for the same family, and this car's bodywork was altered to quite an extent for the movie.


2008-08-08 15:19


I have a book called "The Essential Bond" that says this car is a 1937 Rolls-Royce III Sedance De Ville (perhaps they shortened "Phantom III" to just "III"), "Weighing in at over 7000 pounds, the twelve cylinder engine was more than capable of cruising at over a hundred miles an hour. Originally custom-built for the Rt Hon. Lord Fairhaven of Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire, it was auctioned in 1986 at Sothebys of New York and bought for $121,000."

tali UK

2008-08-08 23:31


AU1 is now on a Mercedes E320 Cdi Avantgarde


2008-11-13 22:17


Fun detail: The car's license plate "AU 1" comes from the symbol for gold on the periodic table: AU.
(Remember the periodic table? Finally it comes into good use.) Of course, the car's owner in the film
is "Auric Goldfinger," so it all ties in nicely...


2008-11-14 19:23


NEWS! From Bonhams.com, as part of an upcoming auction on Dec 1 2008: "Also for sale, is the registration number ‘AU1’, used in another James Bond film Goldfinger.
The first registration issued in Nottingham in 1903, this number was fitted to the Rolls-Royce Phantom III used by arch villain Goldfinger in the legendary film of the
same name, since AU is the chemical symbol for gold in the Periodic Table. It is expected to fetch in excess of £80,000."

Jonnie Comet US

2011-10-09 08:51


I too have heard that this was Lord Fairhaven's car. I wonder if it is the same car from 'The Yellow Rolls Royce'.

A big joke here is, at 7000 lbs designed weight, what it weighed when the body plates were all fashioned of the proper gauges but made our of gold!

robgeelen2 NL

2011-10-12 19:33


It would be unable to move.


2012-10-15 16:02


I'm thinking now that maybe it would be better to have a picture of the whole car as the main image. Robi, can you get a HD version of the 3rd thumbnail? Try and get a still where the car's in focus as much as possible (I didn't use it originally because the car was slightly blurry due to it moving)

robi DE

2012-10-15 23:28


Okay, I'll do that tomorrow.

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