1931 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Saloon Coachwork by Park Ward Ltd Registration no. OU 3567 Chassis no. GFT51 Engine no. X-8-L
This Park Ward-bodied Rolls-Royce 20/25hp was first purchased in 1931 by a Mrs Kino of Brockenhurst, New Forest, Hampshire. Included in the history file is the original old-style logbook and 13 photocopied pages of the factory build sheets. After 38 years of ownership, Mrs Kino sold the Rolls-Royce to a Mr Driver, who sold it on in 1971 to a Mr C Jones. Ownership then transferred to an engineer, Mr G Hann (know to the vendor) who was followed by Mrs J Dean of Poole. The current owner bought the car from Mrs Dean in 1995. There can be few cars 82 years of age with such well, indeed fully, documented ownership. Apart from re-upholstering in Connolly hide in 1986; replacing the Wilton carpets and woollen headlining; and a re-spray to change the colour from yellow to blue, the car is said to be fairly original. During a recent 'de-coke' and valve grind, all engine parts were found to be marked with the original engine number 'X-8-L'. The clutch was renewed in 1986. Since Tim Payne installed an overdrive in 2001, the vendor has been able to enjoy relaxed long-distance touring rallies in various European countries including France, Germany, Austria, Spain, Portugal, Norway and the Czech Republic, and even three weeks in Borneo (Malaysia). Faster driving necessitated better braking, so all shoes have been relined and the brake drums reground.
In 1997 the car was completely rewired. Rear flasher units of the period were installed and front flashers incorporated in the sidelights to meet the demands of modern motoring. The dynamo was rewound in 2002 and the starter motor reconditioned. The car is periodically started on the magneto to keep it in fine fettle. Major servicing has always been carried out according to the manual by a well-respected Rolls-Royce trained mechanic.
The car is sold with a Brexton rear trunk and a good quality cover. The mascot and AA badge are original to the car. Currently displaying a believed genuine total of circa 138,000 miles on the odometer, the car is described as in generally very good condition and offered with the aforementioned documentation, current MoT/tax, Swansea V5C and some older service history. Also included in the sale is an assortment of spares for touring including a condenser, ignition coil, rotor arm and two unused inner tubes.