Back in 1934, this Rolls Royce Phantom II Streamline Saloon was the pride of Park Ward at the Olympia Motor Show in London. The car was a one-off that showcased a much more flamboyant design style, and it helped to cement Park Ward’s reputation as the premier coach builder for Rolls Royce motorcars.
An immaculate full restoration from 40 years of neglect in a barn, the Streamline Saloon took the award for third place in the Pre-War Rolls Royce class at last year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. This car is known in restoration circles as “The Raccoon Rolls” because it was the home for a family of Raccoons during its four decades in the barn. In an interview with USA Today, the owner said that 80lbs of “refuse” was removed from the car prior to the onset of its restoration. So it went from raccoon den to Pebble Beach award-winner in the span of ten years, quite a story.
The Streamline Saloon was based on the Phantom II Continental chassis, which was shorter and sportier than the standard chassis. Under the hood was Rolls Royce’s 7.7L straight-6 40/50hp engine mated to a 4-speed manual gearbox with synchromesh in 3rd and 4th.
It takes quite a car to stand out at Pebble Beach, but this thing managed to catch my eye with its sharp, sinister lines and its red and blue stripe. To be honest, the plain stuff doesn’t really do it for me at a show like this. No matter how clean a car is, or how original its condition, silver over a black interior is just boring compared to the flavor of a car like the Streamline Saloon. It’s the extra details that make a car, and this Rolls is about as special as they come.
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-by Nick Walker