The Spectre Arises

The book The Spectre Arises covers The Story of the Phantom III, the ultimate Pre-war Rolls-Royce.

The book The Spectre Arises covers The Story of the Phantom III, the ultimate Pre-war Rolls-Royce. The author is Steve Stuckey, from Australia, and is the result of more than 30 years of research into the Phantom III.

The Spectre Arises describes in detail the development of the most innovative Rolls-Royce of the pre-war era, with its 7.4 litre V-12 engine and independent front suspension. This is followed by comprehensive chapters about the coachbuilders and the bodies they mounted on the chassis, and histories of many of the cars. There are almost 500 illustrations, most from the 1930s and 1940s, including large numbers of original coachbuilder and dealer photographs, many never published before. Most examples of the 727 Phantom IIIs ever built are illustrated in the book.

The features of the book include:

Standard edition

  • The predecessors to the Phantom III and its competitors in the U.K., Europe and the U.S.A.
  • The Rolls-Royce Company in the middle to late 1930s
  • The ten experimental “Spectre” cars
  • Production of the chassis and engine, and refinements during production
  • A 100-page chapter on coachbuilders and the cars they produced
  • Colours of the cars and their interiors
  • Changed and new coachwork, from 1937 to today
  • 1930s Motor Shows where the Phantom III appeared
  • Ordering a Phantom III in the 1930s
  • Owners of the cars, and their dealings with Rolls-Royce
  • Phantom IIIs during World War II and the late 1940s
  • Buying and owning a Phantom III today
  • Extensive lists of all the cars, and their original owners
  • Catalogues from Rolls-Royce and the coachbuilders
  • Phantom IIIs on the silver screen
  • 440 pages
  • Dimensions 320 x 243 mm (12¾ x 9 in.)
  • Clothbound limited edition of 500 copies with slipcase, ISBN 978-88-909571-6-1  — sold out — 
  • Leatherbound limited edition of 30 copies with slipcase, ISBN 978-88-909571-4-7

How to obtain a copy:

A copy of this book may be obtained direct from the Publisher at € 210.00 plus P&P in clothbound edition, or at € 600.00 plus P&P in leatherbound edition, contacting the email address


Cost for p&p for delivery by DHL express courier (in 24/48h) are as follows:

Europe €. 30.00

Great Britain and USA €. 35.00

Rest of the world €. 50.00