1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Limousine  Chassis no. GXK22 Engine no. Z27B

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Lot 511
1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Limousine
Registration no. BXJ 510 Chassis no. GXK22 Engine no. Z27B

Sold for £ 27,600 (US$ 36,071) inc. premium
1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Limousine
Coachwork by Thrupp & Maberly

Registration no. BXJ 510
Chassis no. GXK22
Engine no. Z27B

Footnotes

  • 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 'GXK22'' 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 on 2nd December 1935, the car was sold new via Cockshoot to its first owner, Mrs J Harrison of Levenshulme, Manchester, who kept it until 1952. 'GXK22' has had various owners since then and in the mid-to-late 1980s benefited from considerable refurbishment including a total engine rebuild, carried out by Ristes Motor Company of Nottingham, and the fitting of a new cylinder head by Adams & Oliver Ltd of Warboys, Cambridgeshire (see bills on file). During this time it also appeared in two episodes of the popular BBC Television comedy series, Hi-di-Hi.
    The car is finished in Old English White/black with black leather upholstery to the front compartment and Bedford Cord to the rear. Described as in generally good condition and in very nice order throughout, it is offered with sundry invoices, copy build sheets, old-style continuation logbook, current road fund licence, MoT to June 2011 and Swansea V5. The accompanying history file also contains a quantity of expired MoTs suggesting that the recorded mileage of 93,708 is correct.
1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Limousine  Chassis no. GXK22 Engine no. Z27B
1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Limousine  Chassis no. GXK22 Engine no. Z27B
1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Limousine  Chassis no. GXK22 Engine no. Z27B
1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Limousine  Chassis no. GXK22 Engine no. Z27B
1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Limousine  Chassis no. GXK22 Engine no. Z27B
1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Limousine  Chassis no. GXK22 Engine no. Z27B
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