1925 Rolls Royce 20hp Limousine,
Lot 653
1925 Rolls Royce 20hp Limousine, Chassis no. GNK2 Engine no. G1250
Sold for £27,600 (US$ 46,390) inc. premium
Lot Details
1925 Rolls Royce 20hp Limousine

Coachwork by Hooper & Co

Registration no. HU 3132
Chassis no. GNK2
Engine no. G1250


  • This model was introduced to meet requests for a smaller, less expensive car in keeping with the trend after the First World War towards smaller cars for a wider market. Construction was simplified - but standards of workmanship were not compromised... In its production life, 1922-1929, 2,940 were made...’ - Edward Eves, Rolls-Royce - 75 Years of Motoring Excellence.
    Produced alongside the renowned Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost the 20hp model was equally as well engineered and became popular as a lighter alternative suitable for a wide range of body styles. The 3.1-litre, six-cylinder monobloc engine featured overhead valves with unit construction gearbox, single plate clutch and open shaft with spiral bevel drive. As the company’s founder Henry Royce said when the car was introduced, ‘simplicity was one of the aims of the designers, but not at the expense of perfection.’ Intended principally as an ‘owner driver’ car, the ‘Twenty’ sold well during the period following hostilities, being popular as a town car while many were fitted with touring bodies.
    This Twenty’s accompanying copy order form records that it was sold on 7th January 1925 to coachbuilders Hooper & Co and delivered new to their customer C S Baines, Esq, of Clifton, Bristol in March of that year. The only other owner listed on the copy chassis card is Mr H J Cummins, of Weston-Super-Mare and Montreux, Switzerland, who acquired the car on 6th July 1925 and would appear to have been its owner as late as January 1932. ‘Thomsons Tours’ is recorded as keeper (from 2nd August 1982) on the old-type Swansea V5, the previous being listed as one Bartle J Frere, of Stamford, Lincolnshire. An expired MoT (1983) comes with the vehicle, which is believed to have been acquired by the Collection in the early 1980s.

Saleroom notices

  • The description in the printed catalogue for this lot is incorrect - please see additional sheet for correct description. Please note that this car does not have a division between front and rear seats and is therefore a saloon and not a limousine.