facebook twitter pinterest instagram You Tube

Robb Design Portfolio: Raccoon Rolls

Gregory Anderson

Phantom II Continental Streamline Saloon by Park Ward

Though known for its conservatively styled automobiles, British coachbuilder Park Ward thought outside the boxy mold when creating the Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental Streamline Saloon. The aerodynamic, one-off design was a star of London’s 1933 Olympia Motor Show, but the car gradually fell into obscurity, eventually spending more than 30 years in a Wisconsin barn, where it became home for a family of raccoons. Seattle-area collector Ken McBride acquired the car in 2003 and began a two-year restoration—a process, he says, that started with the removal of 150 pounds of raccoon dung. McBride then entered the Rolls in the 2005 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. "Just before the event, this fellow fell in love with the car," he recalls. "We had drinks Saturday night, and four or five screwdrivers later, I sold it to him." McBride’s decision proved imprudent: The following day, the car won First in Class and Most Elegant Closed Car at the Concours.

Read Next Article >>
As Bugatti winds down the more-than-a-decade-long production run of its...
Though electric and hybrid cars have existed for quite some time now—in...
The Sealy, Texas, tuning shop that created the Hennessey Venom GT —the...
Photo by Scott Williamson/ www.PhotoDesignStudios.com
The 507 roadster was one of the most beautiful cars of the postwar era and...
The folklore and religious figures depicted in the Lüftlmalerei , the...
The motorsports manufacturer Polaris—known for its off-road vehicles and...
As fuel prices and climate-change concerns continue to rise, so too does...
Photo by Rod Foster
The Fast Toys Club , a new members-only automotive program based in...
Photo courtesy of TRG-AMR North America
Hundreds of racing enthusiasts will gather this month in Monterey, Calif...
Maserati is marking its centennial with concours, rallies, and events...