1933 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Three Position Drophead Coupe  Chassis no. GTZ18 Engine no. K8E

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Lot 574
1933 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Three Position Drophead Coupe
Registration no. DRT 99 Chassis no. GTZ18 Engine no. K8E

Sold for £ 46,000 (US$ 56,535) inc. premium
1933 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Three Position Drophead Coupe
Coachwork by Hooper & Co. (Coachbuilders) Ltd.

Registration no. DRT 99
Chassis no. GTZ18
Engine no. K8E

Footnotes

  • No less than 3,827 examples of the 20/25hp Rolls-Royce chassis left the Derby production lines, all destined for bespoke coachbuilders who vied eagerly for custom among the nobility and 'old money'. Ownership of a Rolls-Royce had long been a social statement since the marque was dubbed as 'The Best Car in the World'. The smaller and less expensive 20/25hp model brought Rolls-Royce products to a wider market, although there was no compromise in quality for the smaller car. The 20/25hp was powered by a smooth, six-cylinder engine of 3.7 litres with pushrod-operated overhead valves. Engineering quality reflected Rolls-Royce's reputation for building 'The Best Car in the World' and a comprehensive dealer network serviced the marque, working closely with the factory in providing only the most meticulous service for their demanding clients. Direct contact between owner and manufacturer was actively encouraged and Rolls-Royce ran its own chauffeur training school, its aim being to ensure that their products received the best of care at all times

    GTZ18 was ordered in June 1933 by Hoopers for their esteemed customer, distinguished Hampshire and MCC cricketer and medical practitioner, Sir Russell Bencroft of Southampton. Bencroft chose three position drophead coupe style coachwork for his new car, specifying in particular that the spare wheel be carried inside the boot to keep it clean and indeed Hooper's offering with long louvred scuttle was quite a dashing car for a gentleman who was in his 76th year when he took delivery later that year. The new car – body no.785 - was finished in blue livery with the initials RB painted on the doors. Factory records note the fitting of the present Kneeling Lady mascot in 1939. The next recorded owner was Lt.Col. D.C.Woods of Suffolk before the car passed in January 1940, via Jack Barclays, into the long term ownership of chartered mechanical engineer Edwin Walker of Sheffield and later Derbyshire. At that stage the car had covered just 40,500 miles. During his thirty nine years of ownership the car was to cover a further 39,000 or so miles and Walker was to maintain a most detailed history file during this time, retaining many invoices and much correspondence with Rolls-Royce Ltd. These tell the story of a demanding and fastidious engineer owner, maintaining his Rolls-Royce in top mechanical order. GTZ18 passed from Walker into the present family ownership in 1979 and has covered only nominal mileage in the last 33 years, being on museum display during this time. GTZ18 remains in remarkably original condition with outstanding patina – an ideal contender for the Conservation Class at the RREC Annual Rally. The original blue leather upholstery is retained, the car is equipped with its factory undertrays and driving equipment includes three auxiliary driving lights and art deco sidelights. The chassis is furnished with sprung blade front bumpers front and rear. GTZ18 has recently been started and driven, the engine running sweetly and the car handling well. It is offered with a current MoT but further careful checking and recommissioning is advised following a long period of inactivity. The car comes with old MoTs, tax discs and the aforementioned outstanding history file, a substantially complete tool kit, together with old buff logbook, Kneeling Lady mascot, Swansea V5 and copies of Factory Build and Order Sheets.
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1933 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Three Position Drophead Coupe  Chassis no. GTZ18 Engine no. K8E
1933 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Three Position Drophead Coupe  Chassis no. GTZ18 Engine no. K8E
1933 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Three Position Drophead Coupe  Chassis no. GTZ18 Engine no. K8E
1933 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Three Position Drophead Coupe  Chassis no. GTZ18 Engine no. K8E
1933 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Three Position Drophead Coupe  Chassis no. GTZ18 Engine no. K8E
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