By Maz Woolley
This is the first of the Rolls-Royce models announced recently by Oxford to reach the shops. It is a very substantial model and is sold at a very competitive price. It is diecast to 1:43 scale in Oxford Diecast’s own Chinese factory.
Rolls-Royce Phantom III SdV HJ Mulliner
The Rolls-Royce Phantom III was the final large pre-war Rolls-Royce. Produced between 1936 and 1939, only 727 were manufactured. It was the only V12 Rolls-Royce until the 1998 Silver Seraph. Many of the original chassis have survived. Ace wheel discs were often fitted as accessories as shown on the model. This model is is based on TYJ 716 and is fitted with HJ Mulliner bodywork. It is a Sedanca de Ville with an open driver’s section and covered rear passenger seating.
The model is finished with deep and regular black paint and the trim lines are neatly printed. The grille is imposing with a tiny RR logo printed finely and there is a battery of separate front lights. The bumpers are good if a little “plasticky”. The Spirit of Ecstacy is well moulded and although overscale looks like it will stand up to handling.
A lot of attention has been given to the interior where the door cappings, printed ash board and neat slightly matt salmon coloured seats are well moulded. Sadly the roof lining is not moulded which would have set the interior off beautifully.
The only slight fault I can see is that the front number plate is rather obscured by the bumper and should be lower.
I hope that Oxford will use this vehicle as the basis of a closed saloon at some point since there were different and many attractive bodies on the Phantom III chassis.
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