WOW-za!  Another car and what a beauty she is. Wouldn’t it be nice to own this one and the one from the other day?  Wouldn’t want to use em to go grocery shopping that’s certain.  Of course, assuming one could afford these toys, one would not do the shopping.  And not with this sort of car.

Is it just the way I imagine things or were folks a bit more careful about other people’s cars in parking lots in those bygone days?  Bet the parking spaces were bigger.  I have an image, probably fantasy, that folks were more polite in an earlier age. But maybe not.
Cars were sure pretty though.

Have to make some allowances for the writing here.  I mean after all, how could someone be a “finest” star during the silent period. And then when talkies arrived in the early years, the acting wasn’t exactly prime time.  I used to listen to the Tom Mix radio show in my day when radio was good but sadly dying.  Of course, Mix was gone by then so someone played him on radio. But the name was alive sure enough so he must have been extremely popular.  I also recall seeing one or two of his movies in later years on TV, but by then I was used to better acting.  Still, his was a name remembered by many.

Got carried away there. This is about a car.

Now that’s horse power! 1927 Rolls Royce owned by legendary Hollywood cowboy Tom Mix set to fetch £130k at auction

Stunning vintage car was later owned by Warner Brothers

It appeared in films such as Inside Daisy Clover and The F.B.I. Story

Will go under the hammer at Blenheim Palace this Saturday


A car which belonged to one of the biggest names in the history of Hollywood cowboy films is set to fetch more than £130,000 when it goes under the hammer in a UK auction.

With its impressive Hollywood history and a whopping a 7.7L engine, the incredible Rolls Royce Phantom I Playboy Roadster is expected to cause a stampede of interest from film buffs around the world.

Auctioneers estimate the hammer will fall in excess of £120,000 for the 1927 model once owned by Tom Mix, one of Hollywood’s finest stars during the 1920’s.

( £120,000 = 186.384 USD )


Cowboy Tom was the biggest names of the Hollywood silent film generation, appearing in a staggering 291 films between Between 1909 and 1935.

( cowboy tom? i don’t recall anyone writing about or referring to him as, “cowboy tom.” although he once was according to legend.)

He bought the car in 1933 and spruced it up with the latest features to ensure that it was special enough to be driven by a star such as himself.

Former owner: Actor Tom Mix appeared in a staggering 291 films between Between 1909 and 1935

The headlights were lowered, the wings underwent a radical updating, a fog light was added and an ultra-modern radio was built into the dash.

Despite being 85 years old, the beautiful motor still has a top speed of 90mph enough to send any bidder sailing happily into the sunset.

The lot is due to go under the hammer at Coys specialist motor auction this Saturday at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire, and has been drawing lots of attention from film fans with enough cash to splash.

Potential bidders have also been impressed by the chance to own a car with such a dazzling Hollywood history outside of the US.

Tom was fatally injured in a car crash with his other classic car, a Cord L29 in 1940 but this was not the end of the Rolls’ big screen roles.



Posted by peiper    United Kingdom   on 07/13/2012 at 12:39 PM   
  1. A picture of an original ‘27 Phantom 1 Playboy:


    Good Old Tom Mix, driving the best of American cars. You betcha: his Rolls was made in the USA. Between 1920 and 1931 RR had a factory in Springfield MA. No import tariffs that way.

    Posted by Drew458    United States   07/14/2012  at  12:08 PM  
  2. That is way, way beyond beautiful or awesome or fantastic.

    Posted by peiper    United Kingdom   07/14/2012  at  01:33 PM  
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