In the 1930s, after A Farewell to Arms made him financially independent, Ernest Hemingway toured the United States in his green 1929 Rolls Royce Phantom II Short Coupled Saloon. His Phantom II was specially equipped with a mini bar and compartments for golf and hunting equipment.
Obviously, Hemingway was a fine human being who understood the importance of constant running access to guns and alcohol and golf clubs.
Under the hood, the Phantom II had a large 7.7 liter six-cylinder engine, made with a one-piece cylinder head that offered overhead valve operation. It also had dual ignition system and an aluminum crankcase. Hemingway’s 1929 version was also the first year to have updated versions of the original Rolls Royce Phantom transmission and suspension, allowing for much better handling.
Hemingway kept his car in fantastic shape. Even today, the vehicle is in near mint condition, having been kept in dry storage for the past 20 years.
Good thing it was, because just last year, in the summer of 2007, Hemingway’s green 1929 Rolls Royce Phantom II was auctioned off to some unknown buyer for some unknown sum, and the proceeds when to charity. Unknown buyer is a lucky man.