1938 Rolls-Royce 25/30hp  Chassis no. GZR32 Engine no. Z25J

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Lot 201
1938 Rolls-Royce 25/30hp
Registration no. GS 8247 Chassis no. GZR32 Engine no. Z25J

Sold for £ 3,220 (US$ 4,445) inc. premium
1938 Rolls-Royce 25/30hp
Registration no. GS 8247
Chassis no. GZR32
Engine no. Z25J

Footnotes

  • Latest in the line of ‘small’ Rolls-Royces that had begun with the ‘Twenty’ back in 1922, the much revised 25/30hp arrived in 1936. The newcomer was a development of the immediately preceding 20/25hp model that had been introduced in 1929 featuring an enlarged (from 3,127 to 3,699cc) and more-powerful cross-flow version of its predecessor’s six-cylinder, overhead-valve engine. Apart from the latter, early 20/25 chassis were identical to those of the last 20s, both models being produced during 1929. Thus the 20/25 inherited the right-hand gearchange lever and servo-assisted brakes introduced on its predecessor, as well as Phantom-style radiator shutters. 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.
    Eventually the trend towards increasingly weighty coachwork prompted Rolls-Royce to revise the 20/25 for 1936. Raising engine capacity to 4,257cc provided the required power increase while the policy of using more proprietary components begun towards the end of 20/25 production saw the new 25/30 adopt a Stromberg carburettor and SU fuel pumps. In its superlative build quality and all other respects the new Rolls-Royce 25/30 remained much as its immediate predecessor, lasting in production until 1939 by which time 1,201 cars had been built.
    Originally bodied as a limousine and subsequently (in the mid-1950s) as a hearse, ‘GS 8247’ is offered disassembled, though substantially complete. This Lot comprises a chassis in good order, front/rear axles, gearbox, hearse body (disassembled), steering box and column, bulkhead, fuel tank, radiator with shutters, five rebuilt wheels, front/rear springs, headlamps, horns, crankcase numbered ‘J24S’ (not original to this car) various engine ancillaries and linkages, con-rods, bumpers, inlet and exhaust manifolds, carburettor, sump and many other parts. The block and crankshaft have been reconditioned and assembled, and many other parts refurbished. A challenging though potentially most rewarding restoration project, the vehicle comes with old-style logbooks and is sold strictly as viewed.

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1938 Rolls-Royce 25/30hp  Chassis no. GZR32 Engine no. Z25J
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