Bonhams : 1936 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Four Door Saloon Coachwork by Windovers Chassis no. GOH44 Engine no. T3F
1936 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Four Door Saloon Coachwork by Windovers  Chassis no. GOH44 Engine no. T3F

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Lot 323
1936 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Four Door Saloon Coachwork by Windovers
Registration no. CYX 530 Chassis no. GOH44 Engine no. T3F

Sold for £ 25,875 (US$ 33,360) inc. premium
1936 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Four Door Saloon Coachwork by Windovers
Registration no. CYX 530
Chassis no. GOH44
Engine no. T3F
Rolls-Royce introduced the new 20/25hp model in 1929, responding to customer demand for increased performance following a successful run with the 20hp model. In practice the larger, 3,669cc engine enabled the contemporary bespoke coachbuilders to build slightly heavier and better furnished coachwork. Windovers were just one of that band of bespoke coachbuilders, by 1935 well established at their Colindale factory and providing high quality coachwork for the top British manufacturers.
Group Captain E J P Burling was to order his new car in March 1935 and selected Windovers as his favoured coachbuilder for a four door saloon car (body no.6281). Although the car is recorded as coming off test with Rolls-Royce in June 1935 it was not registered until 1936, perhaps because of the Group Captain’s overseas duties. It is known that he transported the car around the world to wherever he was stationed with the Royal Air Force. While he spent the last 20 years of his life in the Scilly Isles, his faithful Rolls-Royce was garaged in Penzance. A low mileage car, it remains in exceptionally original condition and was bequeathed by Group Captain Burling to the Museum in 1975. Subsequent work carried out has included replacement of the discoloured window glasses in 1977 and at that time the car was also re-sprayed and the chrome re-plated as necessary. A short engine overhaul was carried out in 1985.
This elegant owner/driver saloon is traditionally liveried in masons black with brown leather interior, is equipped with original wheel discs, centre-mounted driving lamp and proudly carries the Spirit of Ecstasy mascot. Following a period of museum storage and display this most original car will now benefit from careful recommissioning before active use. It is offered with a Swansea V5 registration document and old style log book.
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