Offered from the estate of Mike Berry 1936 Rolls-Royce 25/30hp Sports Saloon Coachwork by Barker & Co Registration no. DGK 59 Chassis no. GXM43 Engine no. C25B
Latest in the line of 'small' Rolls-Royces that had begun with the 'Twenty' in 1922, the much-revised 25/30hp arrived in 1936. The newcomer was a development of the immediately preceding 20/25hp model that had been introduced in 1929 featuring an enlarged (from 3,127 to 3,699cc) and more-powerful cross-flow version of its predecessor's six-cylinder, overhead-valve engine. Eventually the trend towards increasingly weighty coachwork prompted Rolls-Royce to revise the 20/25. Raising engine capacity 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 25/30 remained much as its immediate predecessor, lasting in production until 1939 by which time 1,201 cars had been built. This particular Rolls-Royce 25/30 - chassis number 'GXM43' carries close-coupled, saloon-with-division coachwork in semi razor-edge style by Barker & Co of London, one of the finest of all British coachbuilders and a firm associated with Rolls-Royce from the latter's earliest days. 'GXM43' has belonged to the current vendor for the past 17 years, having at one time been owned by The Rt Hon Lady Hudson. Well maintained, the car currently displays a total of 63,500 miles on the odometer and has known history. Rear compartment features include a radio, temperature gauge, clock, crystal glasses, highly polished veneer and fold-out occasional tables, while externally there are AA and RAC member's badges, a side-mounted spare wheel and Lucas spotlight. (It should be noted that the sunroof has been blanked off). The car's unusual coachwork is finished in ivory over black with black leather upholstery to the front compartment and beige to the rear. Other noteworthy features include trafficators and an 'unleaded' cylinder head conversion. Described as outstanding in every respect, 'GXM43' comes with most tools, mascot, owner's handbook, original logbook, a quantity of expired tax discs and MoT certificates, current road fund licence, MoT to May 2012 and old/current Swansea V5/V5C documents.