Rare Rolls-Royce Phantom III "Copper Kettle"
This Rolls-Royce Phantom III was originally built in 1937 with a limousine body. In 1947 Rolls-Royce collector John Gaul had carriage makers Freestone & Webb re-body the limo into this extravagant Sedanca de Ville. A double layer of burnished copper was applied over the steel fenders and the Rolls was further enhanced with copper plated accents and fittings, including headlights, radiator, an bumpers. Even the "Spirit of Ecstasy" hood ornament was done in copper. It became known to friends and family as “Gaul’s Copper Kettle.”
The Rolls was purchased by Don Williams owner of the esteemed Blackhawk Museum, in Danville California and fully restored,. In 2008 it received Best in Class Award at the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance.
This four view Portrait features a unique matte reflecting the custom wicker cane work on the doors. The automobile images were created from photographs taken by the artist at the Arizona Concours d'Elegance. "You're stuck by the wonderful metal work and color of this Rolls," said Artist Robert Diepenbrock, "This combined with the sleek Freestone & Webb body make for a one-of-a-kind automobile that is stately and sexy at the same time."