1929 Rolls Royce Phantom Springfield , Lefthand drive. Brewster bodied Trouville Towncar.
Same longtime ownership in dry western state. She runs and drives great and is showing some nice patina. This grand olde dame is ready to be enjoyed by her next temporary custodian.
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Ordered new by Dr. Elise Strang L'Esperance
1932 Rolls-Royce Springfield Phantom I Trouville Towncar
Coachwork by Brewster
*7.7-liter inline six
*Delivered new on 1/23/1932
*Order by Lasker Award winner Dr Elise L'Esperance
Rolls-Royce, Ltd., established a branch factory at Springfield, Massachusetts, in 1919. The Silver Ghost model went into production there in 1921, continuing for almost two years after production had halted in Britain, because modification of the "New Phantom," as its successor was called, was very complex. Thus it was December 1926 before deliveries of the Springfield Phantom I, as the New Phantom became retroactively known, commenced. Left-hand drive, in particular, required considerable re-engineering. American Phantoms, when they arrived, had some features not available in Britain: Bijur central lubrication, a disposable oil filter, a carburetor air filter and thermostatically-controlled shutters on the radiator.
Most of the cars were bodied in the United States, either with cataloged Rolls-Royce Custom Coachwork, which was built by a number of coachbuilders under contract, or sent out for bespoke bodies. By 1923, Rolls-Royce had established an in-house coachworks on Waltham Avenue in Springfield, and then purchased Brewster & Co. in 1925. From that time, Brewster supplied the bulk of bodies to Rolls-Royce of America, among them this Trouville town car body for S257KR.
The Trouville was originally a Hibbard & Darrin design, from that coachworks started by two Americans in Paris. Brewster gave its own rendition of the style, with handsome wood cabinetwork on the division partition.
This car's chassis, S257KR, was part of the "KR" block laid down from August 1928 into 1929. As with some of its contemporaries, it was not delivered to a customer until nearly three years later. The record tersely notes the first owner as "Mrs. Elsie S. L'Esperance," residing in Pelham Manor, New York.
Elise Depew Strang (1878-1959) was the daughter of a physician. She followed her father's career path, studying at the Women's Medical College of the New York Infirmary and receiving her M.D. degree in 1900. That same year she married David L'Esperance, a lawyer. In 1930, Dr. L'Esperance's mother died of cancer. With an inheritance from her uncle, Dr. L'Esperance founded a number of cancer prevention clinics in the United States. She was recognized with several prestigious awards, including the Lasker Award for public health service.
During the 1960s, S257KR was frequently seen during Rolls-Royce Owners Club activities, when owned by Thomas Puehl. More recently, it has been in long-term ownership in New Mexico. Nicely restored in basic black, it presents well, with tan cloth upholstery in the passenger compartment and stunning woodwork. Handsome and stately, it represents a high point of Rolls-Royce production in America. Please inquire for price , thank you.