1934 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Saloon Coachwork by H J Mulliner Registration no. WS 2765 Chassis no. GFE16 Engine no. S3D
The introduction of a smaller Rolls-Royce, the 20hp, in 1922 enabled the company to cater for the increasingly important owner-driver market that appreciated the quality of Rolls-Royce engineering but did not need a car as large as a 40/50hp Ghost or Phantom. The 'Twenty' proved eminently suited to town use, yet could cope admirably with Continental touring when called upon. Its successor, the 20/25hp, introduced in 1929, up-dated the concept with significant improvements, featuring an enlarged (from 3.1 to 3.7 litres) and more-powerful version of the Twenty's six-cylinder overhead-valve engine. Produced contemporaneously with the Phantom II, the 20/25 benefited from many of the features, such as synchromesh gears and centralised chassis lubrication, developed for the larger model, and would become the best-selling Rolls-Royce of the inter-war period. The Rolls-Royce 20/25hp was, of course, an exclusively coachbuilt automobile and most of the great British coachbuilding firms offered designs, many of them unique, on the 20/25hp chassis. Chassis number 'GFE16', that offered here, carries elegant four-door saloon coachwork by H J Mulliner & Co. 'GFE16' is listed in Tom C Clarke's definitive work, 'The Rolls-Royce 20/25hp', as off test on 29th October 1934 and first owned by one F W Gardiner. The car is pictured in Lawrence Dalton's book 'Coachwork on Rolls-Royce 1906-1939' (page 186). Retaining its original registration, 'WS 2765', the Rolls-Royce was acquired by the current owner in February 2001 and since then has been used for R-REC and other rallies. Prior to his ownership the car benefitted from extensive restoration work including re-timbered bodywork and sunroof by Roger Wing, replacement aluminium cylinder head, full-flow filter oil system, while in the curent ownership during which it has covered only around 2000 miles it has benefitted from recent overhauls of the clutch, starter motor, exhaust and electrical wiring, rebuilt magneto and is described by the private vendor as in generally good condition. The car is offered with sundry invoices, a phtographic record of the bodywork rebuild, current road fund licence, MoT to January 2013 and Swansea V5 document. Sidelights adapted as flashing indicators, the addition of a period correct DWS jacking system, the fitting of a heater and electronic ignition (original ignition optional) are the only notified deviations from factory specification.