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Manessius Rolls-Royce Phantom I Cabriolet #59LC
Manessius Rolls-Royce Phantom I Cabriolet #59LC
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The chassis record for this particular Rolls-Royce Phantom I, chassis 59LC, shows that it was ordered on 13th July 1925 by racing driver and Madrid distributor Don Carlos de Salamanca for one Mr. Lanser. Originally scheduled as a cabriolet by Manessius of Paris, there are notations that a three-passenger torpedo was later contemplated. On the original chassis card there was a note that the body should be executed in the form of a "Cabriolet", but that was crossed out and substituted by "Torpedo". Similarly, a note that the chassis drawings were to be sent to Manessius, was crossed out and "Salamanca" set instead. In any case, the chassis came off test on 12th October and was shipped on 22nd December 1925 to Boulogne. A notation on the chassis card shows it was sold to Clement van der Stratten of Brussels on 26th March 1928.

The later history is unknown. Alas, the car was neglected during later years, even a fixed head was attached. Completely restored between 1995 and 1998, #59LC was found to have the underpinnings of the originally-designated cabriolet body and was restored back to the original open design. The paintwork is in a delicate shade of a colour "en vogue" during the Roaring Twenties, and that can be said of the colour of the leather trim, too. 


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