By the end of July, Rolls-Royce will be holding The Great Eight Phantoms exhibition in Mayfair, London showcasing the greatest Phantoms from the past 92 years. Apart from showcasing the greatest Phantoms ever, the exhibition will also see the welcoming of Rolls-Royce latest flagship, the new eighth generation Phantom.
The latest Phantom to join the grand exhibition is the Rolls-Royce Phantom III of British Field Marshal Bernard Law Montgomery. Montgomery was one of the most decorated British military officers for the role he played during World War II.
During the war, he had the use of three Rolls-Royce Phantom IIIs for his personal use. The third-generation Phantom was the first to be powered by a 7.3-liter V12 engine with an overhead-camshaft design and twin-ignition system. Moreover, it was the last car that Henry Royce work on personally before passing away a year into the Phantom III's development.
The Phantom III on display will be 'Butler' which is said to be Montgomery's favorite out of the three. This particular Phantom was initially commissioned for Alan Samuel Butler, Chairman of the De Havilland Aircraft Company, with bodywork by HJ Mulliner of Chiswick. The most prominent feature of “Butler” is a forward sloping windscreen, enclosed spare tire and a swept tail which are said to have made the car 15 percent more aerodynamic than standard.
Following the war, the 'Butler' Phantom III was used by Montgomery as his main official mode of transport. In more recent times, it has undergone an extensive restoration project at at Rolls-Royce specialist P&A Wood in Essex, England. The exhibition will be first and possibly the last opportunity for the public to see 'Butler' along side the new Phantom VIII before it is returned to its owner's private collection after it attends the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in the United States in August.