1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Limousine  Chassis no. GBK73 Engine no. F29V

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Lot 106
1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Limousine
Coachwork by Hooper & Co Registration no. XS 3965 Chassis no. GBK73 Engine no. F29V

£ 27,000 - 32,000
US$ 33,000 - 40,000
1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Limousine
Coachwork by Hooper & Co

Registration no. XS 3965
Chassis no. GBK73
Engine no. F29V

Footnotes

  • The introduction of a smaller Rolls-Royce, the 20hp, in 1922 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 'Twenty' proved eminently suited to town use yet could cope admirably with Continental touring when called upon. Its successor, the 20/25hp, introduced in 1929, up-dated the concept with significant improvements, featuring an enlarged (from 3.1 to 3.7 litres) and more-powerful version of the Twenty's six-cylinder overhead-valve engine. Produced contemporaneously with the Phantom II, the 20/25 benefited from many of the features, such as synchromesh gears and centralised chassis lubrication, developed for the larger model and would become the best-selling Rolls-Royce of the inter-war period.

    The Rolls-Royce 20/25hp was, of course, exclusively a coachbuilt automobile and most of the great British coachbuilding firms offered designs, many of them unique, on the 20/25hp chassis. Dating from the last few weeks of 20/25 production, this example on the long chassis, 'GBK73', wears formal limousine coachwork by Hooper & Co, London-based carriage makers to Queen Victoria and King Edward VII and arguably the finest of all British coachbuilders. The car was sold on 23rd November 1935 to The Clyde Automobile Company Ltd of Glasgow and first owned by a Mrs Margaret Abercrombie of Castlehead, Paisley. In 1964 the Rolls-Royce was sold and shipped to America where it remained virtually unused for 40 years, covering only some 200 miles, before being repatriated into the UK in 2004. We are advised that the car has only had four owners from new and that the recorded mileage of 16,420 is genuine.

    In 2007 the 20/25 was rebuilt by a professional engineer. Fully documented, the renovation included an engine overhaul, the crankshaft being found to be standard and, upon measuring, still well within factory tolerances. The rest of engine was in similarly good condition. In addition, the braking and steering systems were overhauled; the electrical system fully re-wired; a new clutch fitted; a full re-spray carried out; the interior leather professionally re-upholstered; a stainless steel exhaust system installed; and four new tyres and tubes fitted. The original intercom system is still in situ and working but would benefit from a new handset.

    The car comes complete with radiator mascot, copies of the original order form, the aforementioned restoration invoices, and a V5C registration document.
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1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Limousine  Chassis no. GBK73 Engine no. F29V
1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Limousine  Chassis no. GBK73 Engine no. F29V
1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Limousine  Chassis no. GBK73 Engine no. F29V
1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Limousine  Chassis no. GBK73 Engine no. F29V
1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Limousine  Chassis no. GBK73 Engine no. F29V
1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Limousine  Chassis no. GBK73 Engine no. F29V
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