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The Sir Henry Royce Foundation's Rolls-Royce Phantom V

The Foundation’s flagship is this 1967 Rolls-Royce Phantom V, chassis number 5VF159, a former Australian Government car which has transported visiting royalty and Governors-General. It was donated in 2002 by Dr John Matheson through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program. John Matheson and Jeanne Eve successfully completed the 1997 ‘Peking to Paris Motor Challenge’ in this car. Their ‘adventure’ has been chronicled in the book by Jeanne Eve, described as a ‘personal account’ and titled ‘Rallying in a Royal Rolls-Royce: Preparation, Pitfalls and Passion on the 1997 Peking to Paris Motor Challenge’.

5VF159 regularly tours Branches of the Rolls-Royce Owners’ Club throughout Australia. The Sir Henry Royce Foundation has undertaken to conserve this magnificent example of a Rolls-Royce Phantom V which has been entrusted to the able custodianship of the Rolls-Royce Owners’ Club of Australia, New South Wales Branch on behalf of the Foundation. Consequently, it is often seen in and around Sydney and other parts of NSW.

For more details of the Phantom V and its activities, please visit the website: . This provides a gateway to the history of the car, experiences with it, and a pathway to assist in keeping alive the legacy of such a majestic vehicle.

The photographs below are from Margaret and Barrie Gillings (RROCA-NSW), the one on the left from the 2009 RROCA Federal Rally in Albany, Western Australia, and the other two from Canberra in the 1980s, depicting the Phantom V with its regalia when in use by the Governor-General.