UNVEILING: Frank Carroll with a 1938 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville.
UNVEILING: Frank Carroll with a 1938 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville. Iain Curry

Coolum Rolls-Royce showroom is industrial chic

Coolum Industrial Park may not sound an obvious place to discover the ultimate in British engineering, style and class, but there's Rolls-Royce heaven on show here.

Last weekend Frank Carroll unveiled a huge new showroom as part of his role as trustee of the Sir Henry Royce Foundation, showcasing incredible Rolls-Royces as well as his own collection of mainly British cars.

The venue, overlooking Quanda Lake, is "the flashest industrial shed in the whole estate,” Mr Carroll said, and he's not wrong.

On a 2000sq m block the two-story building boasts 1000sq m across two showrooms, plus an additional 750sq m upstairs.

Frank Carroll with ex-Australian Government 1967 Rolls-Royce Phantom V Limousine, used for carriaging royalty on visits to the country.
Frank Carroll with ex-Australian Government 1967 Rolls-Royce Phantom V Limousine, used for carriaging royalty on visits to the country. Iain Curry

Rolls-Royces, Bentleys, MGs and Austins fill the huge space, alongside car models, books and memorabilia.

For the launch event 24 cars were on show, including Mr Carroll's own 1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom I, a 1938 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville complete with cocktail cabinet and an ex-Australian Government 1967 Rolls-Royce Phantom V Limousine, used for carriaging royalty on visits to the country.

While not open around the clock as a public venue, Mr Carroll said he'd be putting on pre-organised tours and events for school groups, charities and more.

Frank Carroll's 1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom I.
Frank Carroll's 1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom I. Iain Curry

"The main objective is to let people know about the engineering genius of Rolls-Royce co-founder Sir Henry Royce,” Mr Carroll said.

"We're trying to grow the foundation, its collection of memorabilia and archives, plus there have been two important Rolls-Royces generously donated to the foundation.”

For more information visit http://www.henryroycefoundation.com or contact Mr Carroll on 0418 775 963 if you're keen to visit or learn more.

Guests check out a 1989 Bentley.
Guests check out a 1989 Bentley. Iain Curry

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