It’s a 1933 40/50HP Phantom II, not quite as originally delivered to its splendidly-named first owner, Sir Harley Hugh Dalrymple-Hay. The eminent engineer (he helped design London Underground) ordered the car with HJ Mulliner limousine bodywork but somewhere along the way it was given a makeover and received this rather racy two-seat roadster body, complete with dickey seat.
Bonhams, which is auctioning the car at its Spa Classic sale at Spa-Francorchamps on May 21st, says it all amounts to a car equally suited to very stylish touring or display on the concours lawn. Presale guide price is £68-100,000.
As a Phantom II, it sits on the new low-slung chassis introduced for the model when it replaced the Phantom I, which was Silver Ghost-based, in 1929. With two wheelbases available, 144 and the 150 inches of this car, Phantom II was much favoured by coachbuilders who could ditch the upright look for much sleeker designs.