1937 Rolls-Royce 25/30hp Saloon Coachwork by Barker & Co Registration no. ELW 52 Chassis no. GLP16 Engine no. P24R
The trend towards increasingly weighty coachwork prompted Rolls-Royce to revise their highly successful 20/25hp model for 1936. Raising the capacity of the six-cylinder overhead-valve engine from 3,699cc to 4,257cc provided the required power increase while the policy of using more proprietary components 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 remained much as its immediate predecessor, with channel-section chassis, semi-elliptic springing all round, adjustable hydraulic shock absorbers, servo-assisted brakes and four-speed right-hand change gearbox. One particularly noteworthy advance though, was the adoption of cam and roller steering, replacing the preceding worm and nut, which made the steering smoother and more precise. The 25/30 was noticeably faster than the previous model, being capable of cruising comfortably at 60mph or more with a top speed of around 80mph. The model lasted until the introduction of the Wraith in 1939, by which time 1,240 cars had been built. First registered in December 1937, chassis number 'GLP16' carries four-light saloon-with-division coachwork by Barker & Co. We understand that the car was sold in 1946 and again in 1954 before going in the early 1960s to California, where it remained until purchased by the current vendor in 2000. That same year marque specialists, Ristes of Nottingham carried out a mechanical restoration costing over £12,000 and the vendor advises us that since then the car has been trouble free. Only offered for sale because of the owner's illness, this majestic pre-war Rolls-Royce is offered with history file, sundry restoration invoices, current MoT/tax and Swansea V5.
This vehicle has a revised estimate of £18,000 - 25,000.