Responding to many requests to reprint The Rolls-Royce Phantom II Continental by Raymond Gentile, an out of print Dalton Watson book published in 1980, we are excited to introduce this new, much expanded publication. Written with Raymond Gentile's blessing and assistance, the author, Andre Blaize, has used his extensive database which he has been compiling and updating for over forty years to provide an exhaustive study of these desirable cars.Introduced in 1930, the Phantom II Continental is one of the aristocrats of automobiles, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Mercedes SSKs, Bugatti T50s and Duesenberg Model Js. The history of every Phantom II Continental is described in these pages, supported by over 2,000 illustrations. The cars are shown at different periods of their lives: when new in the 1930s, in early post-war days, sometimes in derelict state and, fortunately more often, in glorious restored condition.
Andre Blaize was born in 1948 in Brittany, France. He was introduced to a couple of Silver Ghosts at the age of fourteen while holidaying in the UK and, since then, he has been a keen Rolls-Royce enthusiast. After graduating from the Universite de Basse-Normandie (Caen, France) with a Master of Arts Degree, he started a teaching career in 1972. At that time he was already compiling his massive Rolls-Royce database, which contains all the coachbuilt chassis and their histories. In 1998, he wrote the French edition of Rolls-Royce: From the Dawn of the 20th Century into the New Millennium, with German photographer/author Klaus-Josef Rossfeldt, and has contributed to a number of Rolls-Royce books since. For the past eight years, he has been one of the contributing editors to The Flying Lady (RROC USA) and to a number of other magazines.