Single family ownership since 1976,1924 Rolls-Royce  20hp Tourer  Chassis no. GDK37 Engine no. G1124

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Lot 340
1924 Rolls-Royce 20hp Tourer
Registration no. WC 111 Chassis no. GDK37 Engine no. G1124

Sold for £ 34,500 (US$ 44,512) inc. premium
Single family ownership since 1976
1924 Rolls-Royce 20hp Tourer
Registration no. WC 111
Chassis no. GDK37
Engine no. G1124

Footnotes

  • This 20hp Rolls-Royce, chassis number 'GDK37', was sold to the coachbuilder Rippon Brothers on 24th October 1924 and in December of that same year was delivered to its first owner, Mrs E M Cordeux, wife of the late Dr R H Cordeaux of Bunny Hall, Nottingham. The original registration was 'R 160'. Following Mrs Cordeux's death, the Bunny Hall estate was sold in 1942 and the next record of this car dates from 1970 when it was offered for sale at E J Brooks' auction in Monte Carlo. At that time it was described as having undergone extensive mechanical restoration and had been fitted with a saloon body by Charlesworth. The registration had been changed to 'GX 7321'. Subsequently the car was associated with one D S Johnson and next with R-REC member J A G Burchall of Theydon Bois, Essex from December 1974, by which time 'R 160' was back on it. In December 1975 the Rolls-Royce passed to the next owner, Daniel T Brown, and in October 1976 was purchased at auction by Hermione, Lady Colwyn. However, by this time the car, now with open tourer coachwork, had acquired the chassis plate of 'GDK12' and been reregistered 'CT 6866'. It has remained in the same family ever since.

    Daughter of the grandson of the 3rd Baronet Hoare of Annabella, County Cork, the formidable Hermione pioneered the development of women's ice hockey in the 1920s and was a member of the Oxford Gliding Club in the 1930s. While in her ownership the Twenty appeared in the 1981 ITV mini series 'Winston Churchill – The Wilderness Years', starring Robert Hardy as Britain's wartime leader. It also appeared in the 1985/86 London Weekend Television drama series 'Mapp and Lucia' starring (respectively) Prunella Scales and Geraldine McEwan, serving as Lucia's car in all episodes (photographs on file). From the late 1980s into the early 1990s the Rolls-Royce was kept garaged and mechanically maintained but not used on the road as a result of Lady Colwyn's ill health and subsequent death.

    At around that time a third party applied for the registration 'CT 6866' and the confused identity of the car came to light. Subsequent investigation re-established its identity as 'GDK37' to the satisfaction of the DVLA, and an age related registration 'WC 111' and new registration document was issued. Details of the investigation are on file. Why the chassis plate had been changed will almost certainly never be known. Prospective purchasers should note that it is still on the car.
    On Lady Colwyn's death the Twenty was inherited by the vendor, who fortunately has sound mechanical experience of both cars and motorcycles and thus has been able to carry out routine maintenance and make minor repairs. More demanding tasks have been entrusted to specialists including an engine top-end rebuild by Taylors Garage and overhaul of the Autovac by Brian Thompson in May/July 2002. A new heavy-duty battery was fitted and the spark plugs changed in 2013. The car is currently MoT'd and taxed.

    Embodying the spirit of its time, this handsome Rolls-Royce 20hp open tourer is finished in grey with maroon interior and matching coach lines, and will certainly turn heads at any Vintage gathering. The commodious rear luggage is trunk is French and possibly older than the car, while the engine, 'G1124', is original and still in good running order. In the loving care of only two families for 56 of its 90 years, 'GDK37' is offered with copies of original build sheets, summarised history, sundry service/repair invoices, V5 registration document and signed mileage statements verifying that the car has covered approximately 16,500 miles since 1977.
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Single family ownership since 1976,1924 Rolls-Royce  20hp Tourer  Chassis no. GDK37 Engine no. G1124
Single family ownership since 1976,1924 Rolls-Royce  20hp Tourer  Chassis no. GDK37 Engine no. G1124
Single family ownership since 1976,1924 Rolls-Royce  20hp Tourer  Chassis no. GDK37 Engine no. G1124
Single family ownership since 1976,1924 Rolls-Royce  20hp Tourer  Chassis no. GDK37 Engine no. G1124
Single family ownership since 1976,1924 Rolls-Royce  20hp Tourer  Chassis no. GDK37 Engine no. G1124
Single family ownership since 1976,1924 Rolls-Royce  20hp Tourer  Chassis no. GDK37 Engine no. G1124
Single family ownership since 1976,1924 Rolls-Royce  20hp Tourer  Chassis no. GDK37 Engine no. G1124
Single family ownership since 1976,1924 Rolls-Royce  20hp Tourer  Chassis no. GDK37 Engine no. G1124
Single family ownership since 1976,1924 Rolls-Royce  20hp Tourer  Chassis no. GDK37 Engine no. G1124
Single family ownership since 1976,1924 Rolls-Royce  20hp Tourer  Chassis no. GDK37 Engine no. G1124
Single family ownership since 1976,1924 Rolls-Royce  20hp Tourer  Chassis no. GDK37 Engine no. G1124
Single family ownership since 1976,1924 Rolls-Royce  20hp Tourer  Chassis no. GDK37 Engine no. G1124
Single family ownership since 1976,1924 Rolls-Royce  20hp Tourer  Chassis no. GDK37 Engine no. G1124
Single family ownership since 1976,1924 Rolls-Royce  20hp Tourer  Chassis no. GDK37 Engine no. G1124
Single family ownership since 1976,1924 Rolls-Royce  20hp Tourer  Chassis no. GDK37 Engine no. G1124
Single family ownership since 1976,1924 Rolls-Royce  20hp Tourer  Chassis no. GDK37 Engine no. G1124
Single family ownership since 1976,1924 Rolls-Royce  20hp Tourer  Chassis no. GDK37 Engine no. G1124
Single family ownership since 1976,1924 Rolls-Royce  20hp Tourer  Chassis no. GDK37 Engine no. G1124
Single family ownership since 1976,1924 Rolls-Royce  20hp Tourer  Chassis no. GDK37 Engine no. G1124
Single family ownership since 1976,1924 Rolls-Royce  20hp Tourer  Chassis no. GDK37 Engine no. G1124
Single family ownership since 1976,1924 Rolls-Royce  20hp Tourer  Chassis no. GDK37 Engine no. G1124
Single family ownership since 1976,1924 Rolls-Royce  20hp Tourer  Chassis no. GDK37 Engine no. G1124
Single family ownership since 1976,1924 Rolls-Royce  20hp Tourer  Chassis no. GDK37 Engine no. G1124
Single family ownership since 1976,1924 Rolls-Royce  20hp Tourer  Chassis no. GDK37 Engine no. G1124
Single family ownership since 1976,1924 Rolls-Royce  20hp Tourer  Chassis no. GDK37 Engine no. G1124
Single family ownership since 1976,1924 Rolls-Royce  20hp Tourer  Chassis no. GDK37 Engine no. G1124
Single family ownership since 1976,1924 Rolls-Royce  20hp Tourer  Chassis no. GDK37 Engine no. G1124
Single family ownership since 1976,1924 Rolls-Royce  20hp Tourer  Chassis no. GDK37 Engine no. G1124
Single family ownership since 1976,1924 Rolls-Royce  20hp Tourer  Chassis no. GDK37 Engine no. G1124
Single family ownership since 1976,1924 Rolls-Royce  20hp Tourer  Chassis no. GDK37 Engine no. G1124
Single family ownership since 1976,1924 Rolls-Royce  20hp Tourer  Chassis no. GDK37 Engine no. G1124
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