ROLLS ROYCE, 1933 PII Continental Cabriolet DeVille 186MY, by Barker. Extraordinarily beautiful, three position, open DHC coachwork, and original to this chassis. Special order and delivered new to Captain John Wanamaker, Jr. of New York City. As the heir to the Wanamaker Department Store of Philadelphia and a Captain in the US Army's 78th division (WW1), he was also an avid sportsman and a successful speedboat racer, in the same period as Gar Wood and Betty Carstairs.
The Barker & Co. coachbuilders, of London were known since the early Silver Ghost days for their ability to make the prettiest of the open "sporting bodies". The Continental PII was the 1st and finest Rolls Royce version of a lighter and more agile "sporting / sports car chassis. 186MY was fitted with an H.R. Owen patent inspired "Barker" coupe cabriolet (as the original build sheet referred to it as). An automobile befitting the officer gentleman sportsman and re known fixture of high society that met the highest of standards its first owner required. Still today, it checks all of the boxes.
186MY by 1959 lived in Rochelle Park, New Jersey and won its very first RROC national award. Later, in 1970 it was owned by world famous Thomas W. Barrett III, and later by Ronald Benach of Chicago. As recent as 1995 it received another national award from the RROC. Twice since, it received the fabulous honor of being invited and shown at Concorso d'Elegance Villa d'Este, in Cernobbio, Italy. Finished in rich garnet with a superbly executed saddle tan trim, properly punctuated by its rear mounted spare making it look a mile long, this Continental still presents well and continues to be benchmark of style and elegance.
Modestly priced at $585,000
Being offered by Mark J. Smith as exclusive authorized agent for the owner. Vehicle located in NH. For additional information / appointment to inspect call or text 215-906-7001
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