There are many classy, beautiful automobiles out there that no one in their right mind would be embarrassed to be seen in. One of them, however, screams ‘Royalty’ like no other, and that is the 1968 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI. The British Royal Family owns two of them, one of which was famously damaged when student protesters smashed in the window with the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall in the back. Classy. The Phantom VI is a direct descendant of the Phantom V, indeed the model is often referred to as the Phantom V/VI, but it is also quite distinct, particularly the later model years, with the change to conventional front hinged doors. I don’t need to go into details about the level of luxury available to passengers; rest assured it is the best.
One of the major ways in which the Phantom VI was different that its predecessor was the use of the bigger 6.2-liter V8 engine, which was replaced in 1978 with the 6.7-liter Rolls-Royce V8 we all know and love. Despite the fact that Rolls-Royce still won’t tell us how many horsepower it had, it was enough for a top speed of 110 miles per hour, and a 0-60 acceleration time of 13 seconds. I doubt many of them had to test those limits!
Of particular interest on the Phantom VI is that up to the very last year of production, 1992, all models were still equipped with drum brakes. I guess that they figured they were ‘adequate’, too!
Despite its mechanical faults, if you can call them that, the 1968 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI remains the epitome of class; I would feel like a better person for seeing one, let alone riding in one!