A Rolls-Royce 25/30HP, 1938,  Registration number EML 15, Chassis number GLP 6,
Lot 202
1937 Rolls-Royce 25/30hp Sports Saloon Chassis no. GLP6 Engine no. B23D
Sold for £1,955 (US$ 3,284) inc. premium
Lot Details
1937 Rolls-Royce 25/30hp Sports Saloon
Registration no. EML 15 (see text)
Chassis no. GLP6
Engine no. B23D


  • The trend towards increasingly weighty coachwork prompted Rolls-Royce to revise their highly successful 20/25hp model for 1936. Raising the capacity of the six-cylinder overhead-valve engine from 3,699cc to 4,257cc provided the required power increase, while the policy of using more proprietary components begun towards the end of 20/25 production saw the new 25/30 adopt a Stromberg carburettor and SU fuel pumps. In its superlative build quality and all other respects, the new Rolls-Royce remained much as its immediate predecessor, with channel-section chassis, semi-elliptic springing all round, adjustable hydraulic shock absorbers, servo-assisted brakes and four-speed right-hand change gearbox. One particularly noteworthy advance though, was the adoption of cam and roller steering, replacing the preceding worm and nut, which made the steering smoother and more precise. The 25/30 was noticeably faster than the previous model, being capable of cruising comfortably at 60mph or more, with a top speed of around 80mph. The model lasted until the introduction of the Wraith in 1939, by which time 1,240 cars had been built.
    Chassis number ‘GPL6’s accompanying copy order form records that it was sold on 27th July 1937 to coachbuilders Hooper & Co for bodying as a sports saloon. Erected on the longer (132”) wheelbase, ‘GLP6’ was originally fitted with engine number ‘C22F’, while its first owner is recorded as one William T Yates, of Acton, West London. Re-bodied post-war by Lambourne, the car was in the possession of Mr Peter Horn, of Hayes, Middlesex by the late 1970s. Assorted DVLA correspondence on file records that it was undergoing restoration at this time, though it would appear that Mr Horn failed to retrieve the original registration ‘EML 15’.
    Offered in completely disassembled form, though believed substantially complete, this Lot consists of a chassis in good condition, front/rear axles, original crankcase and sump (damaged), replacement crankcase and sump, block, crankshaft, body and interior in need of restoration, gearbox, bell-housing, radiator with shutters (detached), steering column and box, front/rear dampers, six rebuilt wheels, many engine ancillaries and other engine parts. Sold strictly as viewed.

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