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Sunday, May 24, 2009

1925 Rolls-Royce Phantom 10EX Experimental

The 1925 Rolls-Royce Phantom with chassis number 10EX indicating it was the 10th Experimental car is for sale.

Read a lot more about Experimental cars in a previous posts here.

I will let the ad do the talking.

"The experimental New Phantom

In 1925 Rolls Royce selected one of their new Phantom I chassis No. 10 EX and ordered a special open sports body from the coach builders Barker and Co. of London. This departure from their traditionally staid image was inspired by Claude Johnson's desire to develop a modern equivalent to their famous Continental Silver Ghost.

Royce instructed his brilliant young designer I.F. Evernden to tackle this task. Evernden realised that the classic coachbuilder of the day was still using traditional methods of body construction evolved in the days of the horsedrawn carriage.

Evernden designed a whole new body contruction which was put on chassis no. 10 EX. After testing the car at Brooklands 3 more experimental cars were build, on the same line, 15 EX, 16 EX and 17 EX. It goes without saying that 10 EX the offical works car remains the most famous and imporatnt car of the limited series.

10 EX remained at the works till sold as a second hand car in 1931. During the years at the factory 10 EX remained a favourite among the employees, often travelled to the Schneider Cup trophy races and was even lent to Lawrence of Arabia for a european tour.

Chassis number
10 EX

Rolls Royce Phantom I
The ‘CJ’ Sports car – 10 EX
The prototype Continental Phantom I


1926 - 1931 Rolls Royce Limited, Crewe, England
1931 – 1937 T.B. Batchelor esq., Hopwood, Dartnell Park
1937 – 1947 J.H. Rosslyn Smith esq., Hythe, Kent
1947 – 1952 Hatton Motors, Birmingham
1952 – 1980 A. Meredith Owen esq., Banbury
1980 – 2008 W. Meredith Owen esq., Stratford upon Avon
2008 J.A. Bruijn, Joure, Holland

It certainly is a unique car!

It is for sale here.

For reference below if a photo of 16EX .

And this car is 17EX.

They all do have the similar bodies.

Apparently 10EX was used by Rolls Royce to try and break the 100mhp barrier at Brooklands to knock off the Bentley boys. They made it to 86mph before it was back to the factory.



At 5:23 pm, Anonymous Osborne John said...

trying to find Bentley collector James Rosslyn Smith, Hythe, Kent 1937. Anyone know family history? John

At 2:39 am, Blogger Unknown said...

Yes, my father owned this car. You can contact me on


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