Originally the property of Harold Heal Esq. of Battle, Sussex. Present family ownership for 41 years,1931 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Two-door Weymann Sportsman's Coupe  Chassis no. GPS 2 Engine no. G8C
Lot 317
1931 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Two-door Weymann Sportsman's Coupe
Coachwork by H.J.Mulliner & Co. Ltd to Weymann patent no. 19940 Registration no. PN 8240 Chassis no. GPS 2 Engine no. G8C
Sold for £41,400 (US$ 68,607) inc. premium
Auction Details
Originally the property of Harold Heal Esq. of Battle, Sussex. Present family ownership for 41 years,1931 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Two-door Weymann Sportsman's Coupe  Chassis no. GPS 2 Engine no. G8C Originally the property of Harold Heal Esq. of Battle, Sussex. Present family ownership for 41 years,1931 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Two-door Weymann Sportsman's Coupe  Chassis no. GPS 2 Engine no. G8C Originally the property of Harold Heal Esq. of Battle, Sussex. Present family ownership for 41 years,1931 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Two-door Weymann Sportsman's Coupe  Chassis no. GPS 2 Engine no. G8C Originally the property of Harold Heal Esq. of Battle, Sussex. Present family ownership for 41 years,1931 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Two-door Weymann Sportsman's Coupe  Chassis no. GPS 2 Engine no. G8C Originally the property of Harold Heal Esq. of Battle, Sussex. Present family ownership for 41 years,1931 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Two-door Weymann Sportsman's Coupe  Chassis no. GPS 2 Engine no. G8C Originally the property of Harold Heal Esq. of Battle, Sussex. Present family ownership for 41 years,1931 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Two-door Weymann Sportsman's Coupe  Chassis no. GPS 2 Engine no. G8C
Lot Details
Originally the property of Harold Heal Esq. of Battle, Sussex. Present family ownership for 41 years
1931 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Two-door Weymann Sportsman's Coupe
Coachwork by H.J.Mulliner & Co. Ltd to Weymann patent no. 19940

Registration no. PN 8240
Chassis no. GPS 2
Engine no. G8C

Footnotes

  • No less than 3,827 examples of the 20/25hp Rolls-Royce chassis left the Derby production lines, all destined for bespoke coachbuilders who vied eagerly for custom among the nobility and 'old money'. Ownership of a Rolls-Royce had long been a social statement since the marque was dubbed as 'The Best Car in the World'. The smaller and less expensive 20/25hp model of the 1930s brought Rolls-Royce products to a wider market, although there was no compromise in quality for the smaller car. The 20/25hp was powered by a smooth, six-cylinder engine of 3.7-litres with pushrod-operated overhead valves. Engineering quality reflected Rolls-Royce's reputation for building 'The Best Car in the World' and a comprehensive dealer network serviced the marque, working closely with the factory in providing only the most meticulous service for their demanding clients.

    GPS 2 was ordered on 13th May 1931 for its first owner, Harold Heal, of Battle in Sussex, a member of the celebrated Heal family, noted furniture designers and manufacturers and Royal Warrant holders. History records that Harold Heal had an obsession with the colour blue, hence when H.J Mulliner were commissioned to design the very special lightweight coachwork for this car it was a given that it would be completed in blue fabric with blue livery – a colour scheme it retains today. The chassis was delivered to Mulliners in July 1931, specification including Lucas stainless steel lighting set, Bosch horn, uprated front and rear springs, Weymann-type body brackets and a Bluemel type sprung steering wheel (in blue finish of course) and special long bonnet parts. The starter push was to be on the facia board and the headlamps brackets were to be bent to bring the lamps closer to the radiator. Harold Heal was a discerning and demanding customer. Factory records show that the car was finally tested at Mulliners on 7th September 1931 and was first registered to Harold Heal on 31st August that year. With its lightweight Weymann-type coachwork GPS 2 would be a spritely motor car indeed. Heal was to retain ownership of this car until his death in 1949, an early continuation buff logbook with the car showing that it was in use during the war years. In 1949, when cars were particularly difficult to buy, GPS 2 passed to Harry Gould of Hastings, passing one year later to a Hertfordshire owner who retained the car until1969 when it passed to just its fourth owner from whom the present family acquired the car some 41 years ago.

    GPS 2 is a striking car and there can be little doubt that Harold Heal, with his natural talent for design, had considerable input into its exceptional lines. The spectacularly flared front wings combine with the extended louvred bonnet to give the car the appearance of the experimental Phantom Rolls-Royces – here is a Phantom in miniature. The interior is beautifully upholstered in blue (of course) leather with door pulls, pockets, armrest and other accoutrements no doubt carefully thought out by Mulliners for this special customer. Interestingly the rear seat squabs remove easily to enable large quantities of luggage to be carried for the longer tours. The car is equipped with a large Pytchley sliding roof and the side windows have wind deflectors and quick action spring-loaded window mechanisms. During the last forty-one years in the present family ownership GPS 2 has covered only four thousand or so miles and in recent years has seen minimal use, being displayed in a private museum – nevertheless it was recently started and, running sweetly, driven to its voluntary MOT inspection which it passed with ease. The indicated mileage of forty six thousand or so miles is thought to be correct. This car has had little public exposure in recent years and warrants, we feel, gentle restoration with a careful eye to conservation. There is little doubt that with its original ownership now established and documented this will become a 'named' car – 'The Heal Rolls-Royce'

    GPS 2 comes with a Swansea V5 registration document, current MoT certificate, old style buff logbook and copy factory order and build sheets.
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