The Park Ward Phantom V Design No 980
by Davide Bassoli
Introduced at the 1959 Earls Court Show, design no 980 was the Park Ward alternative to H J Mulliner and James Young. As Park Ward was then owned by Rolls-Royce, it was considered to be the ‘standard’ coachwork for Phantom V, although the body was completely hand built. The styling of design no 980 was created in Crewe in the Styling Department by the team of John P Blatchley, which also designed the Silver Cloud.
Looking at the details in the brochure (see below), it is interesting to note that standard equipment on the dashboard was exactly like the Silver Cloud: cubby hole on passenger’s side with hinged, lockable door, open cubby hole on driver’s side, cigar lighter, radio speaker with volume control, map reading light and pull-out picnic table underneath board with combined ashtray. More attention was given to the rear compartment with lot of space that allowed the use of occasional seats and the division fitted with a cocktail cabinet for accommodating decanters and glasses. Of course, Phantom V means individuality and with Park Ward it was possible to obtain any extras or modifications to customer requests.
Design No 980 was used to body 150 Phantom V chassis until 1962 when it was launched at the Earls Court Show with the new Design No 2003, under the new flag of H J Mulliner, Park Ward Ltd.
The Park Ward Brochure:
Specification for Park Ward enclosed limousine Design No 980 for Rolls-Royce Phantom V chassis:
Framework of Park Ward patent steel construction covered with aluminium and alloy panels. Continuous dust and draught sealing. Wide vision screen pillars. Special curved type electrically operated division window behind front seating, controlled from front and rear compartments.
Divided bench type front seat with two folding armrests in each backrest. Driver’s seat made to slide. Two/ three persons on the rear seat with centre folding armrest incorporating recess with hinged flap. Two persons on facing-forward type occasional seats.
Four: front doors hung on front pillars, rear doors hung on rear pillars. Fitted with best quality locks, striking plates and concealed hinges etc. Private lock incorporated in both nearside doors and safety catches also provided. Remote control interior handles to front and rear doors. Push button release type exterior handles.
Glasses to doors arranged to drop, operated by mechanical lifts with winder handles. Quarter windows hinged. Backlight fixed and incorporating demister, controlled from instrument board. Swivelling ventilating windows with drip channel fitted to front doors. Safety glass throughout.
Wings and stepboards
Special Park Ward integral type wings to front and rear of aluminium with stone shields and mud lips. Concealed stepboards covered with fluted and strip rubber in stainless channels. Access to petrol filler by means of hinged door in offside rear wing, locked internally.
Variably controlled fresh air inlet to interior through frontal grilles. Interior controls within easy reach of driver and passenger.
All instrument and switches supplied with chassis fitted up thereon in approved manner. Cubby hole on passenger’s side having hinged door and fitted with lock. Open cubby hole on driver’s side. Cigar lighter fitted. Grab handles to capping on passenger’s side of board. Radio speaker with volume control. Map reading light. Pull-out picnic table underneath board with combined ashtray.
Layout of the rear division
Two facing-forward occasional seats of approved design. Polished veneered cabinets in centre of back of the division accommodating decanters and glasses etc. Grab handles mounted on division capping. Ashtrays in division capping.
Floor covered with pile carpet colour to tone with upholstery, suitably underlined. Heel pads fitted to front carpet. Nylon pile rug to rear compartment.
Interior roof lighting is provided in both front and rear compartments, operated automatically by doors and independently.
Spring-up type hand pulls over quarter windows. Grab handles on each door dado. Two interior, swivel type sun visors, with vanity mirror on passenger’s visor. Interior driving mirror. Companion fittings, cigar lighter, operating switches and ashtrays in convenient positions for rear seat occupants. Folding bar footrest for rear seat occupants. Slip pocket provided at each side of scuttle.
Provision at front and rear for identification plates. Front and rear bumpers as supplied with chassis. Heating system for front and rear compartments. Defrosting and demisting systems. Windscreen spray equipment on scuttle controlled by push button on instrument board. Concealed and internally operating locks to bonnet. Radio as supplied with chassis in rear compartment with controls and loud speaker. Connecting up lamp equipment supplied with chassis.
Colour and distribution to choice.
Upholstery and style
In best quality leather or cloth to standard range of shades. Bolster type with plain inserts to rear seat backrest and pleated inserts to front backrest. Head lined with cloth, colour to tone with upholstery.
Polished wood fillets, finishers, etc., of walnut. Dadoes and instruments veneered on face.
For cars intended for use abroad, appropriate modifications would be made to such items as number plates, private locks, etc, to equip the car for the country concerned.