Success story of Fred Astaire and his Rolls-Royce Phantom

Fred Astaire, a man of consummate style, the embodiment of elegance, habitue of Savile Row and Jermyn Street, had an enduring affection for Rolls-Royce. His first Rolls-Royce was a black 20bhp ‘baby’ Rolls, and in 1928 he moved on to a Hooper-bodied Rolls-Royce Phantom I. As Astaire gradually cemented his place in the Hollywood firmament, the Phantom also underwent a makeover. In those days it was perfectly usual to update a car, even a Rolls-Royce, to reflect the latest styles. And so, sometime in the mid-1930s, Inskip – a New York agent…

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