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Rolls Royce Phantom IVThese two snapshops were send to us by jury member Dick Trenk. He writes: “In the early 80s I owned a Denver, Colorado shop catering to race cars as well as high quality service and restorations on Rolls and other marques. The Shah of Iran (Mohammed Reza Pahlavi ) was already deposed and his collection of about 20-30 cars had been destroyed… except one car which was hiding in Switzerland. In the 1950s Rolls decided to build a straight 8 engine (5675 cc) Phantom IV of huge size. These few (16 built) were all limousine body cars which were sold only to reigning heads of state! One chassis was rebodied with a six seat convertible body for the Shah and because it had been at the Mulliner Park Ward body works during the overthrow, it survived. It was smuggled into Switzerland and kept hidden. In 1982 the buyer had it fully boxed, shipped into Texas and freighted up to Denver to my shop. Because Denver had many Iranian students there was fear some might recognize this car and attack it or cause damage in the shop. For a time I was forced to allow an armed guard to sit in my office and protect this car during the time I had it. I was only able to make a few test drives to verify my tuning performance and these runs were late at night. What a worrisome car to have in my place of business.”

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#2 2013-08-07 05:22
I rode in this car many times while it was in Denver. It was the PIV boby but had been remounted on a P III Chassis. It was owned then by Dick Dearing. We also had a 1972 Phantom VI here that had been built for the sha. I am suprised that a guard was needed, the car was used in parades here for years, and Billy Gallegos rode in it during one. He was a hostage in Iran.
 
 
#1 2013-02-21 11:52
I thought the Shah's convertible was returned to the company because of flexing problems? According to Martin Bennett's book "Rolls-Royce & Bentley: The Crewe Years" (3rd edition, 2011), chassis 4AF6, a 2-door convertible, was returned to Rolls-Royce:

"The third PIV built, and the second delivered to a customer, was 4AF6 for the Shah of Iran. The coachwork was again by H.J. Mulliner, but the huge drophead coupe body, which was finished in a light metallic blue with white leather upholstery, was by no means characteristic of this coachbuilder. It was the only Phantom IV to have built-in Silver Dawn type headlamps. The car was returned to Rolls-Royce Ltd in 1959, it is believed because it had proved insufficiently stiff, flexing severely on Iranian roads. The outcome was that the company scrapped it, though the body survives on a Phantom III chassis, which perhaps suggests that the fault lay with the chassis."

I've seen a handful of photos of this car (today is the first time I'd seen the above photo!) and it looks like it has a wheelbase shorter than the standard 145" Phantom IV wheelbase...?
 

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