1927 Rolls-Royce 20hp Limousine  Chassis no. GYK4 Engine no. G1816

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Lot 339
1927 Rolls-Royce 20hp Limousine
Coachwork by Thrupp & Maberly Registration no. YE 578 Chassis no. GYK4 Engine no. G1816

£ 40,000 - 45,000
US$ 50,000 - 56,000

Simon Clay

1927 Rolls-Royce 20hp Limousine
Coachwork by Thrupp & Maberly

Registration no. YE 578
Chassis no. GYK4
Engine no. G1816

Footnotes

  • Copies of factory build sheets on file show that chassis number 'GYK4' aid down on the 14th July 1926 and ordered by Rootes Ltd for their stock, being assigned to Mr Eric Hill of Weybridge. Thrupp & Maberly built the enclosed limousine coachwork, finished in blue/black, and the car was ready by 13th December 1926, the guarantee being assigned on 17th January 1927. Mr Hill kept the Rolls-Royce for four and a half years, returning it to Rootes Ltd on 17th August 1931.

    In February 1932, as noted on the copy record card, Lady Edith Bland South of London W1 purchased 'GYK4' from Rootes Ltd. Lady Edith had the car serviced at Rolls-Royce on several occasions during her ownership of four and a half years. The car was then part exchanged at Rootes late in 1938. Lady Edith was allowed £200 on her Humber and £100 on 'GYK4' against the purchase of a pre-owned 1936 Rolls-Royce 25/30hp.

    The third owner, Mr J Compton of Crystal Palace, purchased 'GYK4' from Rootes Ltd for £55 'as stated on the invoice', which means they made a substantial loss on the deal, which took place January 1939. The car was delivered to Mr Compton on 3rd January 1939. There are no further records from late 1939 until 1962, although the car wears Paddon Bros plates on the rear steps as well as Thrupp & Maberly plates on the front steps indicating that sometime after Mr Compton's ownership they may well have held this car in stock.

    A letter from one H F Saubier (possibly the fourth owner) is noted on the chassis records during 1962. Mr Saubier lived in Ostend, Holland but we cannot know whether he was the only continental European owner, though the Rolls-Royce appears to have remained in Holland for around 18 years.

    On 3rd April 1980, 'GYK4' returned to the UK, passing into the ownership of one T E Roxburgh of Bradford-on-Avon, though the car was not examined by the Vehicle Inspectorate until 28th July 1982. It seems it may have been off the road for the intervening two years. The next (possibly sixth) owner, Mr Joseph Whitmarsh of Never Avon appears to have purchased the Rolls-Royce on 4th July 1984 but kept it for only nine months.

    Next owner Mr John Backhurst purchased the car on 22nd March 1985 and seems to have enjoyed the car for over 11 years, covering a substantial mileage. On 1st August 1996, the next owner, Mrs Anna Nudd of Shardlow, purchased 'GYK4'. She kept the car for almost seven years before selling it to a Mr Harrison in March 2003. Mr Harrison did not register the car in his name, so the next officially recorded owner is Mrs Brenda Harrison of Ilkestone, who sold on 'GYK4' only three months later on 4th June 2003.

    It appears the car was offered for sale at auction and bought by Mr Colin Sherwin of Staffordshire, who undertook an extensive restoration during which he changed the colour from blue/black to the red/black it is now. This restoration was reported to have cost in the region of £20,000. Having done a very acceptable job, Mr Sherwin then sold the car on 27th July 2005. For the next six months 'GYK4' was owned by Mr R Hibbert of Derbyshire, who then advertised the car for sale in the R-REC Advertiser of January 2006. On 26th January 2006, the Rolls-Royce was bought by a Mr Rackham of Maidstone, who sold it to the current owner in September 2007 having fitted a replacement engine. The original engine came with car when the current vendor purchased it from Mr Rackham, and this has now been rebuilt and reinstalled (all invoices and photographs available). Fewer than 900 miles have been covered since the rebuild.

    'GYK4' came without any accessories of any kind but the vendor has managed to acquire a starting handle, wheel changing tools and a rear luggage grid, which has been restored and attached. This exceptionally well documented Rolls-Royce Twenty is offered with current road fund licence, Swansea V5C and history file containing the aforementioned restoration records and factory paperwork.
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1927 Rolls-Royce 20hp Limousine  Chassis no. GYK4 Engine no. G1816
1927 Rolls-Royce 20hp Limousine  Chassis no. GYK4 Engine no. G1816
1927 Rolls-Royce 20hp Limousine  Chassis no. GYK4 Engine no. G1816
1927 Rolls-Royce 20hp Limousine  Chassis no. GYK4 Engine no. G1816
1927 Rolls-Royce 20hp Limousine  Chassis no. GYK4 Engine no. G1816
1927 Rolls-Royce 20hp Limousine  Chassis no. GYK4 Engine no. G1816
1927 Rolls-Royce 20hp Limousine  Chassis no. GYK4 Engine no. G1816
1927 Rolls-Royce 20hp Limousine  Chassis no. GYK4 Engine no. G1816
1927 Rolls-Royce 20hp Limousine  Chassis no. GYK4 Engine no. G1816
1927 Rolls-Royce 20hp Limousine  Chassis no. GYK4 Engine no. G1816
1927 Rolls-Royce 20hp Limousine  Chassis no. GYK4 Engine no. G1816
1927 Rolls-Royce 20hp Limousine  Chassis no. GYK4 Engine no. G1816
1927 Rolls-Royce 20hp Limousine  Chassis no. GYK4 Engine no. G1816
1927 Rolls-Royce 20hp Limousine  Chassis no. GYK4 Engine no. G1816
1927 Rolls-Royce 20hp Limousine  Chassis no. GYK4 Engine no. G1816
1927 Rolls-Royce 20hp Limousine  Chassis no. GYK4 Engine no. G1816
1927 Rolls-Royce 20hp Limousine  Chassis no. GYK4 Engine no. G1816
1927 Rolls-Royce 20hp Limousine  Chassis no. GYK4 Engine no. G1816
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