1927 Rolls-Royce
Lot 618
1927 Rolls-Royce 20hp 3.1-litre Six-Seater Limousine GUJ 36
Sold for £18,400 (US$ 28,271) inc. premium

Lot Details
1927 Rolls-Royce 20hp 3.1-litre Six-Seater Limousine
Coachwork by Arthur Mulliner of Northampton (see below)

Registration no. MP 704
Chassis no. GUJ 36
Engine no. F4V
Introduced in 1922 as a companion to the hugely successful 40/50hp ‘Silver Ghost’, the 20hp Rolls-Royce led the company away from its one model policy, offering a more convenient car for town use and a more manageable car for her ladyship to drive. Considered by many as the jewel of pre-war Rolls-Royce models, the 20hp reflected no compromise in the company’s high engineering standards and its 3-litre engine offered smoothness, silence and performance befitting the reputation earned by the ‘Silver Ghost’.
GUJ 36 was ordered in July 1927 and delivered on 26th September that year to Park, Ward & Co. Ltd. of Willesden “to be used for Demonstration purposes”, the chassis being prepared to carry interior drive saloon coachwork and factory files record that the chassis would “receive special attention” in view of its demonstrator role. In September 1928 the car passed to George P Nash of Hanover Court, London, later to W.E. Sear of Clapham Common, eventually passing to a lady in Kent who retained the car until 1959, when it passed to Wilkinsons of Derby, noted restorers. When it was upgraded to limousine status is uncertain but it is believed to have been in the 1930’s. The six-light limousine coachwork, smartly finished in blue over black livery, carries Mulliner plates and is furnished with sliding division, occasional seats to the rear and an opening roof ventilator. During the present ownership a replacement cylinder head has been fitted. The leather upholstery is believed to be original and the car is equipped with twin side-mounted spare wheels, Lucas lighting, opening windscreen, rear luggage carrier, gaitered springs and a Spirit of Ecstasy mascot.
In the present ownership since 1988 it has been carefully maintained, although little used in recent months, and is offered with a Swansea V5 document, old style buff log book, copy Factory Order and Build Sheets, old MoT’s to 1991 and previous tax discs. The car is currently licenced and MoT tested to August 2005.
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