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DESCRIPTION1960 ROLLS-ROYCE PHANTOM V SEDANCA DEVILLE ID# 5AT8 This car, 5AT8, was the London Motor Show car in 1960 and displayed on James Young's Stand 76 at Earls Court that year. It was built to design number PV225D and is thought to be one of just seven cars built to that design. The coachwork, built of steel and light alloy, features the sliding De Ville extension to the front compartment and has electrically operated windows throughout. Other special features of the car listed in the Motor Show catalogue include press button type door locks, adjustable driver's seat, folding center arm rest to the rear housing a glove locker and lockers with sliding shutters in both front and rear doors for personal papers, picnic set, field glasses, etc. The dashboard was figured walnut and as well as standard instrumentation incorporated a table, ashtray and lighter and lockable cubby hole. To the rear are a loud speaker, clock and grab handles, mirror back companions and reading lights. The car is presented in burgundy livery with light beige upholstery and of particular note is the fine cocktail cabinet in the rear compartment and the glass cabinet under each table to the rear. The car has occasional seats making it a full seven seater and a stereo is fitted to the rear. Brown carpets are fitted throughout. The car is equipped with twin spotlights and a badge bar and has a pennant holder on the mascot. There can be little doubt that the Phantom V itself was one of the world's greatest motor cars in its day and, with this exclusive coachwork from James Young, this particular example must be one of the rarest examples of such a luxury motor car.
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