1937 Rolls-Royce 25/30hp Sports Saloon
Coachwork by Barker & Co. (Coachbuilders), Ltd.
Registration no. EYV 219
Chassis no. GRO 54
Engine no. D27C
The new small Rolls-Royce 25/30hp model, exhibited on Stand 113 at Olympia in October 1936, featured an engine enlarged in capacity to 4,257cc, although borrowing many of its design features from the exceptionally successful 20/25hp. Acclaimed by The Motor after a 350 mile trial, that magazine referred to the high average speed of which it proves capable without sense of hurry or fatigue and reported how every control, down to the humble hand lever used to set the throttle, works smoothly and provides an accurate response to the drivers wishes. The 25/30hp enjoyed a production run from 1936 to 1938 when it was replaced with the new Wraith. Some 1,201 chassis were to leave the Derby factory, destined for the bespoke coachbuilder and the esteemed customer.
GRO 54 was ordered in December 1936 by Barker & Co. and sold by them in April 1937 to their valued customer, George Levy of Shepherds Bush. Saloon coachwork was selected for Town and Touring and the car remained in Levys ownership for two years, passing then, at the commencement of hostilities, to T J Caudwell of Spalding, Lincolnshire. GRO 54 has remarkably been in the present ownership since 1972, during which time it has been used regularly but sparingly on high days and holidays and on fine days only. An exceptionally original car, retaining a fine patina and still furnished with its original brown leather upholstery, GRO 54 is equipped with sliding roof, opening windscreen, centre driving light, matching trumpet horns and a metal-cased, offside spare wheel per its original specification sheets. The vendor reports the car as running well, although during its 33 years of ownership having a tendency to run warm only in congested traffic. It benefits from a stainless steel exhaust system and a recently fitted new battery. This elegant owner/driver sports saloon is licenced and offered with a current MoT certificate, Swansea document, old buff log book, some period tools, its original instruction book, copies of Factory Build Sheets and of course the universally recognised Spirit of Ecstasy radiator mascot.