1929 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Weymann Saloon  Chassis no. GDP-60
Lot 520
1929 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Weymann Saloon
Coachwork by H J Mulliner
£25,000 - 30,000
US$ 32,000 - 39,000

Lot Details
1929 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Weymann Saloon  Chassis no. GDP-60 1929 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Weymann Saloon  Chassis no. GDP-60 1929 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Weymann Saloon  Chassis no. GDP-60 1929 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Weymann Saloon  Chassis no. GDP-60 1929 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Weymann Saloon  Chassis no. GDP-60 1929 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Weymann Saloon  Chassis no. GDP-60 1929 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Weymann Saloon  Chassis no. GDP-60 1929 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Weymann Saloon  Chassis no. GDP-60 1929 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Weymann Saloon  Chassis no. GDP-60 1929 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Weymann Saloon  Chassis no. GDP-60 1929 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Weymann Saloon  Chassis no. GDP-60 1929 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Weymann Saloon  Chassis no. GDP-60 1929 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Weymann Saloon  Chassis no. GDP-60 1929 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Weymann Saloon  Chassis no. GDP-60 1929 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Weymann Saloon  Chassis no. GDP-60 1929 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Weymann Saloon  Chassis no. GDP-60 1929 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Weymann Saloon  Chassis no. GDP-60 1929 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Weymann Saloon  Chassis no. GDP-60 1929 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Weymann Saloon  Chassis no. GDP-60 1929 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Weymann Saloon  Chassis no. GDP-60
1929 Rolls-Royce 20/25hp Weymann Saloon
Coachwork by H J Mulliner

Registration no. GK 2467
Chassis no. GDP-60
*Featured in 'Those Elegant Rolls-Royce' by Lawrence Dalton (page 146)
*Overall winner of this year's Gordon Bennett Rally
*Of proven reliability
*A delightful Vintage-era Rolls-Royce

Footnotes

  • The introduction of a smaller Rolls-Royce, the 20hp, in 1922 enabled the company to cater for the increasingly important owner-driver market. 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 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, an exclusively coachbuilt automobile, and most of the great British coachbuilding firms offered designs, many of them unique, on the 20/25hp chassis. Built in 1929 and first registered in 1930, chassis number 'GDP-60' carries lightweight Weymann sports saloon coachwork by H J Mulliner & Co. Its first owner/driver was Mrs Lilley of the Lilley & Skinner shoeshop chain, who kept the Rolls-Royce for nine years. There are some fascinating letters in the history file from Jack Barclay, and from the first owner's son detailing the car's early years.

    The history file's contents date back to the 1960s when the car went to the USA. It returned in the 1980s and the file has been added to occasionally since. While in the vendor's ownership, the Rolls-Royce has been used regularly for trips to the Goodwood Revival and R-REC trips to Prescott and Shelsley Walsh. 'GK 2467' has also completed the Gordon Bennett Rally three years consecutively, finishing 5th overall in 2016 and 'Best Overseas Entrant', and winning the event outright in 2017.

    The chassis is sound and without rust, while the engine runs well and silently, with no smoke and excellent oil pressure. The body is very good, the doors shutting well and bonnet fitting correctly. The paintwork is patinated, as is the interior. All instruments work except the clock and fuel gauge. Upgrades include a modern fuel pump (bypassing the Autovac), a fuel filter (beneath the seat), and flashing indicators incorporated into the sidelights.

    The vendor has covered some 5,000 miles in the 20/25, describing its as 'very sound and reliable mechanically, with average bodywork, very original throughout apart from its re-spray 50 odd years ago in America and an after-fit boot compartment'. He would happily drive the car anywhere. An honest Vintage-era saloon, this sporting 20/25 is offered with an old-style logbook, sundry invoices, a V5C Registration Certificate, and the aforementioned history file.
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