The ex-Harrods Courtesy Car,1934 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Limousine  Chassis no. GYD54 Engine no. T3Z

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Lot 617
The ex-Harrods Courtesy Car, 1934 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Limousine
Registration no. YAS 382 Chassis no. GYD54 Engine no. T3Z

Sold for £ 40,000 (US$ 55,006) inc. premium
The ex-Harrods Courtesy Car
1934 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Limousine
Coachwork by Thrupp & Maberly

Registration no. YAS 382
Chassis no. GYD54
Engine no. T3Z
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.
An imposing sight from any angle, long-chassis model ‘GYD54’ wears formal limousine coachwork by the respected London-based firm of Thrupp & Maberly, a concern noted for a succession of coachbuilding innovations during the 1920s and 1930s. Thrupp & Maberly could trace its origins back to the 18th Century and was responsible for some of the earliest motor car bodies built in England. It became part of the Rootes Group in 1925 but continued to build bodies for Rolls-Royce, Bentley and Humber chassis.
Off test in July 1934, ‘GYD54’ was sold new via The Car Mart Ltd, of Park Lane, London W1 to first owner The Right Honourable, The Lord Brocket, of Brocket Hall, Welwyn, Hertfordshire. In 1987 the car was completely restored by Scott Moncrieff for Harrods of Knightsbridge, arguably the world’s most famous department store, and painted in Harrods’ familiar green and gold livery. The car was used as a courtesy car by Harrods, chauffeuring the rich and famous around London, until its acquisition by the vendor in 1992. We are advised that the car remains in first-class condition and comes complete with an original, authentic 1930s chauffeur’s uniform. The interior is upholstered in black leather to the front compartment with West of England cloth to the rear, which incorporates two occasional seats and is separated from the front by a manually operated sliding division. Front/rear communication is via a handheld intercom.
Benefiting from a new clutch fitted in 2003, the car is offered with copy order form/chassis cards, sundry invoices and correspondence, press cutting, current road fund licence/MoT and Swansea V5 document. An opportunity to acquire a fascinating piece of automotive history ideally suited to the carriage trade.
The ex-Harrods Courtesy Car,1934 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Limousine  Chassis no. GYD54 Engine no. T3Z
The ex-Harrods Courtesy Car,1934 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Limousine  Chassis no. GYD54 Engine no. T3Z
The ex-Harrods Courtesy Car,1934 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Limousine  Chassis no. GYD54 Engine no. T3Z
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