1927 Rolls-Royce 20hp Doctor's Coupé with Dickey  Chassis no. GAJ31 Engine no. G1522

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Lot 538
1927 Rolls-Royce 20hp Doctor's Coupé with Dickey
Registration no. TO 6226 Chassis no. GAJ31 Engine no. G1522

Sold for £ 35,600 (US$ 44,244) inc. premium
1927 Rolls-Royce 20hp Doctor's Coupé with Dickey
Coachwork by Howes & Sons

Registration no. TO 6226
Chassis no. GAJ31
Engine no. G1522

Footnotes

  • 'This model was introduced to meet requests for a smaller, less expensive car in keeping with the trend after the First World War towards smaller cars for a wider market. Construction was simplified - but standards of workmanship were not compromised.' - Edward Eves, Rolls-Royce, 75 Years of Motoring Excellence.
    Changing times after WWI eventually forced the abandonment of Rolls-Royce's 'one model' policy, an all-new 20hp car joining the existing 40/50hp Silver Ghost in 1922. The 'Twenty' reflected Henry Royce's interest in contemporary trends within the American automobile industry, incorporating unit construction of engine and gearbox, the latter featuring the modern innovation of a central ball change, and 'Hotchkiss drive' rear axle. The engine, Rolls-Royce's first with overhead valves, was a six-cylinder unit displacing 3,127cc. Favourably received as the Twenty was, its three-speed transmission's central gearchange was not well liked and when four-wheel, servo-assisted brakes were introduced in 1925, a four-speed gearbox with right-hand, gated change replaced the original three-speeder.
    The Twenty's introduction of 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 car proved eminently suited to town use yet could cope admirably with Continental touring when called upon.
    Chassis number 'GAJ31' carries doctor's coupé coachwork by the long-established, Norwich-based carriage maker Howes & Sons, a firm that could trace its origins back to the late 18th Century. Norfolk's first Wolseley agent, Howes specialised in bodying the Birmingham manufacturer's products and those of Armstrong-Siddeley, with occasional offerings on other high quality chassis such as this one.
    The Twenty was purchased by its late owner in 1987 and underwent extensive refurbishment at marque specialists Sargeant's of Goudhurst in approximately 1988/89, a considerable sum being spent on bringing the car to excellent condition suitable for long-distance touring and rallying. 'TO 6226' has twice visited New Zealand (in the 1990s and 2006), touring the islands on events organised by that country's Vintage Car Club, while other prestigious events entered include the Monte Carlo Challenge (1995), Ghost Club Scandinavian Tour (1998) and the Grosse Alpensart/Steigenberger Cup in Austria (1989). Finished in maroon/black with black leather interior, the car is described as in generally excellent condition and offered with current MoT certificate and Swansea V5 registration document.
1927 Rolls-Royce 20hp Doctor's Coupé with Dickey  Chassis no. GAJ31 Engine no. G1522
1927 Rolls-Royce 20hp Doctor's Coupé with Dickey  Chassis no. GAJ31 Engine no. G1522
1927 Rolls-Royce 20hp Doctor's Coupé with Dickey  Chassis no. GAJ31 Engine no. G1522
1927 Rolls-Royce 20hp Doctor's Coupé with Dickey  Chassis no. GAJ31 Engine no. G1522
1927 Rolls-Royce 20hp Doctor's Coupé with Dickey  Chassis no. GAJ31 Engine no. G1522
1927 Rolls-Royce 20hp Doctor's Coupé with Dickey  Chassis no. GAJ31 Engine no. G1522
1927 Rolls-Royce 20hp Doctor's Coupé with Dickey  Chassis no. GAJ31 Engine no. G1522
1927 Rolls-Royce 20hp Doctor's Coupé with Dickey  Chassis no. GAJ31 Engine no. G1522
1927 Rolls-Royce 20hp Doctor's Coupé with Dickey  Chassis no. GAJ31 Engine no. G1522
1927 Rolls-Royce 20hp Doctor's Coupé with Dickey  Chassis no. GAJ31 Engine no. G1522
1927 Rolls-Royce 20hp Doctor's Coupé with Dickey  Chassis no. GAJ31 Engine no. G1522
1927 Rolls-Royce 20hp Doctor's Coupé with Dickey  Chassis no. GAJ31 Engine no. G1522
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