1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Sports Saloon  Chassis no. GRF26

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1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Sports Saloon
Coachwork by Hooper & Co Registration no. BXC 736 Chassis no. GRF26

Sold for £ 31,050 (US$ 38,779) inc. premium
1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Sports Saloon
Coachwork by Hooper & Co

Registration no. BXC 736
Chassis no. GRF26
*Rare sports saloon model
*Single family ownership since 1959
*Engine overhauled in 2005
*Known ownership history

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. This example on the long chassis, 'GRF26', wears four-door sports saloon coachwork by Hooper & Co, London-based carriage makers to Queen Victoria and King Edward VII and arguably the finest of all British coachbuilders.

    'GRF26' was delivered to Hooper's on 30th January 1935 for their customer, R A Fry Esq of London SW7. The coachbuilder described their work as 'The latest type new "Hooper" Sports Saloon, built specially for the 20/25-HP Rolls-Royce Chassis, design as Drawing No.5790.' 'GRF26' is pictured in Lawrence Dalton's book 'Those Elegant Rolls-Royce' (page 119).

    Four subsequent owners are listed on the copy chassis card, the last of whom, Mrs Howard Thompson, acquired the car in September 1955. The current vendor's father purchased the Rolls-Royce in 1959, leaving it to his son in 1966. We are advised that the engine was overhauled by Stewart Walker in 2005, since when fewer than 9,000 miles have been covered, while the upholstery was renewed a few years ago. Apart from the new upholstery and the sensible provision of a full-flow oil filter, the car remains completely original. Described by the vendor as in generally good condition, this sporting Rolls-Royce 20/25 is offered with copy build sheets and a V5 registration document.
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1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Sports Saloon  Chassis no. GRF26
1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Sports Saloon  Chassis no. GRF26
1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Sports Saloon  Chassis no. GRF26
1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Sports Saloon  Chassis no. GRF26
1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Sports Saloon  Chassis no. GRF26
1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Sports Saloon  Chassis no. GRF26
1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Sports Saloon  Chassis no. GRF26
1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Sports Saloon  Chassis no. GRF26
1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Sports Saloon  Chassis no. GRF26
1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Sports Saloon  Chassis no. GRF26
1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Sports Saloon  Chassis no. GRF26
1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Sports Saloon  Chassis no. GRF26
1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Sports Saloon  Chassis no. GRF26
1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Sports Saloon  Chassis no. GRF26
1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Sports Saloon  Chassis no. GRF26
1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Sports Saloon  Chassis no. GRF26
1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Sports Saloon  Chassis no. GRF26
1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Sports Saloon  Chassis no. GRF26
1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Sports Saloon  Chassis no. GRF26
1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Sports Saloon  Chassis no. GRF26
1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Sports Saloon  Chassis no. GRF26
1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Sports Saloon  Chassis no. GRF26
1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Sports Saloon  Chassis no. GRF26
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