1934 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Limousine  Chassis no. GXB25

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Lot 160
1934 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Limousine
Coachwork by Barker & Co Registration no. AXM 512 Chassis no. GXB25

£ 25,000 - 35,000
US$ 33,000 - 47,000
1934 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Limousine
Coachwork by Barker & Co

Registration no. AXM 512
Chassis no. GXB25
*Formerly displayed in the Totnes Motor Museum
*Good history folder with copies of original documents
*Ideal for the 'Oily Rag Run' or 'Hero Rally'
*Stunning original/preservation condition

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 Silver Ghost or Phantom. 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 developed for the larger model, such as synchromesh gears and centralised chassis lubrication, and would become the best-selling Rolls-Royce of the inter-war period.

    This 20/25 wears 'Sedanca Limousine' coachwork by Barker & Co of London, one of the finest of all British coachbuilders and a firm associated with Rolls-Royce from the latter's earliest days. Chassis number 'GXB25' is a late 20/25 built on the longer chassis frame. The car is fitted with its original Series B2 engine, number 'M4E', the original dynamometer records showing it developed 60 horsepower at 3,000rpm. The chassis was despatched for bodying to Barker & Co on 13th November 1933. Special coachwork features included a bonnet 3" longer than standard and twin side-mounted spare wheel carriers, giving the car a rakish look.

    The completed Rolls-Royce was delivered to its first owner, Mr Rowley of London, on 2nd February 1934. After WW2, ownership appears to have passed through a Mr Derricott to a Douglas Charles Pilkington in 1950, and then to Richard Pilkington of Totnes Motor Museum. The latter retained the car until 2004, since when it has been largely unused.

    The car is finished in grey with contrasting blue pin-striping on the doors and bonnet louvres. A wind-up internal division (with fold-down footrests) separates the front and rear compartments, the former being trimmed in black leather and the latter in fawn West of England cloth. The roof is covered in black leathercloth. 'GXB25' has been serviced at the vendor's on-site workshop and is said to be running well and ready for immediate inspection, with no known mechanical faults.

    Original and un-restored, this imposing motor car would be an ideal entry for the 'Oily Rag Run' given its wonderful patina and state of preservation. It comes with a history folder containing the original registration details; an old-style buff logbook; a V5 registration document; and copies of the original factory build sheets, sales invoice and dynamometer test.
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1934 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Limousine  Chassis no. GXB25
1934 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Limousine  Chassis no. GXB25
1934 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Limousine  Chassis no. GXB25
1934 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Limousine  Chassis no. GXB25
1934 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Limousine  Chassis no. GXB25
1934 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Limousine  Chassis no. GXB25
1934 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Limousine  Chassis no. GXB25
1934 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Limousine  Chassis no. GXB25
1934 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Limousine  Chassis no. GXB25
1934 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Limousine  Chassis no. GXB25
1934 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Limousine  Chassis no. GXB25
1934 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Limousine  Chassis no. GXB25
1934 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Limousine  Chassis no. GXB25
1934 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Limousine  Chassis no. GXB25
1934 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Limousine  Chassis no. GXB25
1934 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Limousine  Chassis no. GXB25
1934 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Limousine  Chassis no. GXB25
1934 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Limousine  Chassis no. GXB25
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