Rextoys Rex031 1952 Rolls Royce Limousine - King of Spain (1:43 Scale)
"One thing is certain: There is great development ahead for the automobile."
- The American Magazine, Things I've Been Thinking About by Henry Ford, February 1936
The company's first aero engine was the Eagle, built from 1914. Around half the aircraft engines used by the Allies in World War I were made by Rolls-Royce. By the late 1920s, aero engines made up most of Rolls-Royce's business.
Henry Royce's last design was the Merlin aero engine, which came out in 1935, although he had died in 1933. This was developed after the R engine, which had powered a record-breaking Supermarine S6B seaplane to almost 400 mph in the 1931 Schneider Trophy. The Merlin was a powerful V12 engine and was fitted into many World War II aircraft: the British Hawker Hurricane, Supermarine Spitfire, De Havilland Mosquito (two-engine), Avro Lancaster (four-engine), Vickers Wellington (two-engine); it also transformed the American P-51 Mustang into possibly the best fighter of its time, its Merlin engine built by Packard under licence. Over 160,000 Merlin engines were produced. The Merlin crossed over into military vehicle use as the Meteor powering the Centurion tank among others.
The Phantom IV was the most exclusive Rolls-Royce model ever built. Just 18 were made between 1949 and 1956, exclusively for royalty and heads of state. It is the only Rolls-Royce motor car to be fitted with a straight-8 engine.
The first Phantom IV was owned by Princess Elizabeth, later to become Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. The purchase reflected a move away from the traditional royal preference for Daimler motor cars, which was to continue until the delivery of a customised Bentley in 2002.
This first car, which became an official state car upon her accession to the throne in 1952 and still remains in the Royal Mews to this day, was later supplemented by a similar model with a landaulette body (since retired).
Other owners included Princess Margaret, the late younger sister of the current British Sovereign, Queen Elizabeth II , and the dictator Francisco Franco of Spain, whose three customised cars are still in ceremonial service with King Juan Carlos of Spain.
Pictured here is a Rextoys 1:43 scale diecast replica of a 1952 Rolls Royce Phantom IV limousine built for the King of Spain. This car is ultra rare and very hard to come by. Features lots of chrome parts for added authenticity. Car is in mint condition although the box has a couple of tears in it. Sold Out!
Length: 6 inches
Width: 1-1/2 inch