1929 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp 'Woodie' Estate Car  Chassis no. GXO85 Engine no. Z7D

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Lot 426
1929 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp 'Woodie' Estate Car
Registration no. PG 6659 Chassis no. GXO85 Engine no. Z7D

Sold for £ 23,000 (US$ 31,552) inc. premium
1929 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp 'Woodie' Estate Car
Registration no. PG 6659
Chassis no. GXO85
Engine no. Z7D

Footnotes

  • Production of the Rolls-Royce 20/25hp commenced with the 'GXO' chassis series, the first of which was off test in August 1929. Tom C Clarke's definitive work, The Rolls-Royce 20/25HP, lists chassis number 'GXO85' as completed with limousine coachwork by Connaught and first owned by one T B Desnos. It is not known when the current body was fitted.

    The immediately preceding owner purchased the Rolls-Royce in 1998 from an elderly gentleman who lived abroad. It is understood that he had last driven the car (which is believed to have belonged to his father) in 1959, on which occasion he had backed it into a bollard on Boat Race night, damaging the tailgate. He then returned the car to the barn at the family home where it remained for the next 40 years.

    Having purchased the Rolls with the intention of restoring it, the preceding owner then consigned it to his own barn for the next ten years. When he collected the car an elderly lady neighbour informed him that it had once belonged to 'a famous racing driver' and subsequently it was ascertained that it had belonged to Stirling Moss's father.

    At his 80th birthday celebrations at Motor Sport's offices, Stirling confirmed that a horsebox transporter was hooked up to the Rolls to take him and his racing car to his first ever event. It is still fitted with the tow-bar.

    While the Rolls was in the previous owner's possession, the wheels were rebuilt and tyres fitted; the engine and gearbox were removed, and the cylinder head, block and crankcase separated for inspection. 'GXO85' was in this partly dismantled state when it was purchased by the current vendor at Bonhams' sale at the R-REC's Annual Rally in June 2009 (Lot 205). The engine has since been rebuilt and the body's timber framework replaced where appropriate, leaving the next owner to complete the restoration. Accompanying paperwork consists of sundry invoices, an old-style logbook and a V5C registration document. A super opportunity to acquire a rare sporting Rolls with a racing association.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note this vehicle does not come with an old-style logbook as catalogued.
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1929 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp 'Woodie' Estate Car  Chassis no. GXO85 Engine no. Z7D
1929 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp 'Woodie' Estate Car  Chassis no. GXO85 Engine no. Z7D
1929 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp 'Woodie' Estate Car  Chassis no. GXO85 Engine no. Z7D
1929 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp 'Woodie' Estate Car  Chassis no. GXO85 Engine no. Z7D
1929 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp 'Woodie' Estate Car  Chassis no. GXO85 Engine no. Z7D
1929 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp 'Woodie' Estate Car  Chassis no. GXO85 Engine no. Z7D
1929 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp 'Woodie' Estate Car  Chassis no. GXO85 Engine no. Z7D
1929 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp 'Woodie' Estate Car  Chassis no. GXO85 Engine no. Z7D
1929 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp 'Woodie' Estate Car  Chassis no. GXO85 Engine no. Z7D
1929 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp 'Woodie' Estate Car  Chassis no. GXO85 Engine no. Z7D
1929 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp 'Woodie' Estate Car  Chassis no. GXO85 Engine no. Z7D
1929 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp 'Woodie' Estate Car  Chassis no. GXO85 Engine no. Z7D
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