history I have on BC100LBY is extracted from RROC and RREC records
and information obtained from the owner before me.
Ralph E. Stolkin of Bel-Air, California
(from new, 1961 until ???)
Sterling Morton of Beverly Hills, California (??? until 1969)
and Mrs. Peter R. Cohen of Brentwood, California (1969 to 1999)
wife Konomi and myself (1999 to present)
Stolkin of Bel-Air, California ordered the car new. The retailer
was listed as Rolls Royce, Inc. (New York) with J.S. Inskip, Inc.
(New York) and Imperial Motors, Inc. (of Chicago) listed as sub-retailers.
The paint scheme was black with a black convertible top. Special
features included a zebra skin interior (eleven hides) and an ice
thermos fitted to the passenger door. The zebra interior was exotic,
but my gut feeling is that it may not have suited the first owner's
fancy after all, as it appears to have been replaced rather early
on (with black leather hides).
car was ordered on or before January 6, 1961. The chassis was delivered
to the coachbuilder on January 30, 1961 and delivered to the shippers
on May 24, 1961. It departed London on May 26, 1961 via the good
ship "Sidonia" for New York. Delivery was "guaranteed" by July 15,
guessing that Mr. Stolkin owned the car up until at least 1965 or
1966, as I found his Richfield credit card, valid for those years,
in the defrost vents. There is then a gap in the ownership history,
but a Mr. Sterling Morton of Beverly Hills, California was the seller
of the car in 1969. The car then came into the hands of Mr. & Mrs.
Peter R. Cohen of Brentwood, California (1969-1999). My wife, Konomi,
and I bought the car from Mr. Cohen's widow, Barbara, in January
the car for restoration. After driving BC1OOLBY from Los Angeles
to my home near Seattle and using it around town for about a year,
the restoration process was started. The body is still off at this
time, but the chassis and all of its components are approaching
completion. I am fortunate to have a very trustworthy and certified
Rolls Royce mechanic (with 20-plus years of experience and extensive
RROC involvement) attending to the chassis. My plans are to have
the car finished in time to drive it to Monterey in 2004 for the
100th anniversary celebration of the Rolls Royce marque. Time will
tell if this works out or not.