Rolls-Royce Foundation, Mechanicsburg

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The Rolls-Royce Foundation Museum Library and Research Center in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, is a non-profit organization and is situated adjacent to the Rolls-Royce Owner’s Club (RROC) headquarters in a large L-shaped building. Currently, more than 20 Rolls-Royce and Bentley automobiles are on display ranging in age from a Springfield-built 1929 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Limousine with coachwork by Brewster, to a 1985 Silver Spirit 4-Door Saloon. Other vehicles include a fully-operational 1934 Phantom II chassis; 1936 20/25 Sports Saloon, Freestone & Webb; 1936 Phantom III Saloon, Hooper; 1946 Silver Wraith Saloon, Freestone & Webb; 1954 Phantom IV, Mulliner (on loan); 1958 Silver Cloud I 4-Door Saloon; a 1961 Phantom V, James Young; and a 1965 Silver Cloud III Saloon. Bentleys are here, too, including a 1958 S-1 4-Door Saloon and a stunning 1936 3.5-Litre Sedanca Coupe with coachwork by Hooper. Currently on display is a Phantom saloon space frame courtesy of Rolls-Royce Motorcars. It is constructed entirely of aluminum from forgings and extrusions and boasts over 450 feet of hand welds! It makes for quite an imposing site opposite the vintage Rolls-Royce and Bentley vehicles on display in the main salon. All of the vehicles currently on display (save for the Bentley racer and Rolls-Royce aluminum space frame) have been donated to the Foundation by generous individuals.

The 5,000 sq.ft. facility houses an extensive collection of artwork and automobilia, a vast library, historical archives and the organizations offices in addition to the vehicles on display. The RRF has an extensive collection of parts, memorabilia and Rolls-Royce and Bentley factory service records to aid in the research of a particular automobile, regardless of its age. Technical seminars are regularly given in the shop facility using actual factory engines and components with service training by noted experts.

The RRF is a non-profit, charitable 501(c)(3) organization that is open to the public. Please visit our web-stie at: www.rollsroycefoundation.com
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  • Hidden gem says it all about this wonderful museum. Warmly greeted on our arrival and given a personal tour of the showroom and garage areas. No admission charge, only a $5 suggested donation...  more »
  • The museum has a great selection of Rolls and Bentleys. There's even a Rolls chassis on its side as a learning tool for new Rolls owners. Well worth your time if you are A Rolls or Bentley owner or.....  more »
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  • My son and I went today and I was overly impressed with how knowledgeable the women working there was...she just walked through the museum with us and was able to answer every question I had! I'm looking forward to taking my husband back!! One of the best museums I've been to and free!
  • Wow. Didn't expect to see this display in the area. I am a RR fan (always have been) so this is a must-see venue.

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