First owned by Sir Edwin Lutyens,1925 Rolls-Royce 20hp Sedanca Coupé  Chassis no. GPK70

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Lot 544N
First owned by Sir Edwin Lutyens
1925 Rolls-Royce 20hp Sedanca Coupé

Sold for £ 35,650 (US$ 46,530) inc. premium
First owned by Sir Edwin Lutyens
1925 Rolls-Royce 20hp Sedanca Coupé
Registration no. not UK registered
Chassis no. GPK70
*An older restoration
*Offered from a private collection
*Eligible for VSCC events

Footnotes

  • Changing times after WWI eventually forced the abandonment of Rolls-Royce's 'one model' policy, an all-new 20hp car joining the existing 40/50hp Silver Ghost in 1922. The 'Twenty' reflected Henry Royce's interest in contemporary trends within the American automobile industry, incorporating unitary construction of engine and gearbox, the latter featuring the modern innovation of a central ball change, and a 'Hotchkiss drive' rear axle. The engine, Rolls-Royce's first with overhead valves, was a six-cylinder unit displacing 3,127cc. Favourably received as the Twenty was, its three-speed transmission's central gear change was not well liked, and when four-wheel, servo-assisted brakes were introduced in 1925, a four-speed gearbox with right-hand, gated change replaced the original three-speeder.

    The Twenty's introduction 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. It proved eminently suited to town use yet could cope admirably with Continental touring when called upon. In total, 2,940 were produced.

    Chassis number 'GPK70' was delivered to the Eaton Garage, London SW1 in November 1925 and sent directly to coachbuilders Hooper & Co for bodying as a limousine. Its body ordered in December 1925, the completed Rolls-Royce was delivered in February 1926 to Sir Edwin Lutyens, arguably this country's greatest 20th Century architect, who kept the car until 1934 when it was acquired by Oliver Hill of Hanover Square. It was subsequently re-bodied as a sedanca coupé by Salmons & Sons of Newport Pagnell, one of the most commercially successful of all British coachbuilders and originators of the 'Tickford' all-weather saloon body.

    Sometime later, the Rolls-Royce was exported to the USA where it spent time in a private collection before returning to the UK in the early 1980s. The present owner purchased the Rolls-Royce at auction in November 1993. At that time, it was stated that Healey Bros had carried out extensive restoration work, although the car had been found to be generally sound. Furthermore, the engine was said to have been rebuilt fewer than 2,000 miles since the restoration's completion. The car was offered from an important private collection, the owner at that time being a Rolls-Royce Enthusiasts Club member.

    The car is finished blue/black livery with black duck top with dummy irons, the interior being trimmed in blue Connolly hide with matching Wilton carpets. Copy chassis card records are available. An important Rolls-Royce with an interesting history, it will have been got running prior to sale.
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First owned by Sir Edwin Lutyens,1925 Rolls-Royce 20hp Sedanca Coupé  Chassis no. GPK70
First owned by Sir Edwin Lutyens,1925 Rolls-Royce 20hp Sedanca Coupé  Chassis no. GPK70
First owned by Sir Edwin Lutyens,1925 Rolls-Royce 20hp Sedanca Coupé  Chassis no. GPK70
First owned by Sir Edwin Lutyens,1925 Rolls-Royce 20hp Sedanca Coupé  Chassis no. GPK70
First owned by Sir Edwin Lutyens,1925 Rolls-Royce 20hp Sedanca Coupé  Chassis no. GPK70
First owned by Sir Edwin Lutyens,1925 Rolls-Royce 20hp Sedanca Coupé  Chassis no. GPK70
First owned by Sir Edwin Lutyens,1925 Rolls-Royce 20hp Sedanca Coupé  Chassis no. GPK70
First owned by Sir Edwin Lutyens,1925 Rolls-Royce 20hp Sedanca Coupé  Chassis no. GPK70
First owned by Sir Edwin Lutyens,1925 Rolls-Royce 20hp Sedanca Coupé  Chassis no. GPK70
First owned by Sir Edwin Lutyens,1925 Rolls-Royce 20hp Sedanca Coupé  Chassis no. GPK70
First owned by Sir Edwin Lutyens,1925 Rolls-Royce 20hp Sedanca Coupé  Chassis no. GPK70
First owned by Sir Edwin Lutyens,1925 Rolls-Royce 20hp Sedanca Coupé  Chassis no. GPK70
First owned by Sir Edwin Lutyens,1925 Rolls-Royce 20hp Sedanca Coupé  Chassis no. GPK70
First owned by Sir Edwin Lutyens,1925 Rolls-Royce 20hp Sedanca Coupé  Chassis no. GPK70
First owned by Sir Edwin Lutyens,1925 Rolls-Royce 20hp Sedanca Coupé  Chassis no. GPK70
First owned by Sir Edwin Lutyens,1925 Rolls-Royce 20hp Sedanca Coupé  Chassis no. GPK70
First owned by Sir Edwin Lutyens,1925 Rolls-Royce 20hp Sedanca Coupé  Chassis no. GPK70
First owned by Sir Edwin Lutyens,1925 Rolls-Royce 20hp Sedanca Coupé  Chassis no. GPK70
First owned by Sir Edwin Lutyens,1925 Rolls-Royce 20hp Sedanca Coupé  Chassis no. GPK70
First owned by Sir Edwin Lutyens,1925 Rolls-Royce 20hp Sedanca Coupé  Chassis no. GPK70
First owned by Sir Edwin Lutyens,1925 Rolls-Royce 20hp Sedanca Coupé  Chassis no. GPK70
First owned by Sir Edwin Lutyens,1925 Rolls-Royce 20hp Sedanca Coupé  Chassis no. GPK70
First owned by Sir Edwin Lutyens,1925 Rolls-Royce 20hp Sedanca Coupé  Chassis no. GPK70
First owned by Sir Edwin Lutyens,1925 Rolls-Royce 20hp Sedanca Coupé  Chassis no. GPK70
First owned by Sir Edwin Lutyens,1925 Rolls-Royce 20hp Sedanca Coupé  Chassis no. GPK70
First owned by Sir Edwin Lutyens,1925 Rolls-Royce 20hp Sedanca Coupé  Chassis no. GPK70
First owned by Sir Edwin Lutyens,1925 Rolls-Royce 20hp Sedanca Coupé  Chassis no. GPK70
First owned by Sir Edwin Lutyens,1925 Rolls-Royce 20hp Sedanca Coupé  Chassis no. GPK70
First owned by Sir Edwin Lutyens,1925 Rolls-Royce 20hp Sedanca Coupé  Chassis no. GPK70
First owned by Sir Edwin Lutyens,1925 Rolls-Royce 20hp Sedanca Coupé  Chassis no. GPK70
First owned by Sir Edwin Lutyens,1925 Rolls-Royce 20hp Sedanca Coupé  Chassis no. GPK70
First owned by Sir Edwin Lutyens,1925 Rolls-Royce 20hp Sedanca Coupé  Chassis no. GPK70
First owned by Sir Edwin Lutyens,1925 Rolls-Royce 20hp Sedanca Coupé  Chassis no. GPK70
First owned by Sir Edwin Lutyens,1925 Rolls-Royce 20hp Sedanca Coupé  Chassis no. GPK70
First owned by Sir Edwin Lutyens,1925 Rolls-Royce 20hp Sedanca Coupé  Chassis no. GPK70
First owned by Sir Edwin Lutyens,1925 Rolls-Royce 20hp Sedanca Coupé  Chassis no. GPK70
First owned by Sir Edwin Lutyens,1925 Rolls-Royce 20hp Sedanca Coupé  Chassis no. GPK70
First owned by Sir Edwin Lutyens,1925 Rolls-Royce 20hp Sedanca Coupé  Chassis no. GPK70
First owned by Sir Edwin Lutyens,1925 Rolls-Royce 20hp Sedanca Coupé  Chassis no. GPK70
First owned by Sir Edwin Lutyens,1925 Rolls-Royce 20hp Sedanca Coupé  Chassis no. GPK70
First owned by Sir Edwin Lutyens,1925 Rolls-Royce 20hp Sedanca Coupé  Chassis no. GPK70
First owned by Sir Edwin Lutyens,1925 Rolls-Royce 20hp Sedanca Coupé  Chassis no. GPK70
First owned by Sir Edwin Lutyens,1925 Rolls-Royce 20hp Sedanca Coupé  Chassis no. GPK70
First owned by Sir Edwin Lutyens,1925 Rolls-Royce 20hp Sedanca Coupé  Chassis no. GPK70
First owned by Sir Edwin Lutyens,1925 Rolls-Royce 20hp Sedanca Coupé  Chassis no. GPK70
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