Lot 17 - 1935 Rolls-Royce 20/25 Three Position DHC
|Odometer reading||18,612 miles|
|Estimate||£40,000 - £50,000|
|Result||Sold - £46,935|
The Rolls-Royce 20/25 was built between 1929 and 1936 and succeeded the 20hp as Rolls-Royce's ""small car"". It was intended to appeal to owner drivers but many were sold to customers with chauffeurs. The in-line 6 cylinder overhead valve engine was similar to that used in the 20HP but was enlarged to 3699cc by increasing the bore from 76mm to 82mm with the stroke remaining at 114mm. A single Rolls-Royce carburettor was used and both coil and magneto ignitions were fitted. The four speed gearbox was a mounted in unit with the engine and a traditional right hand change used. Synchromesh was fitted to third and top gears from 1932.
The substantial chassis had rigid front and rear axles suspended by half elliptic springs with braking on all four wheels assisted by a mechanical servo and separate rear brakes were fitted for the handbrake. The famous Rolls-Royce radiator with triangular top was used with vertical louvres, the angle of which could be adjusted to control engine cooling. The larger engine allowed the top speed to increase too but many owners had large limousine bodies fitted to the chassis with the predictable degradation of performance.
First registered in 1935 this 20/25 chassis started life as a four door saloon by Thrupp & Maberly, body number 6116, design TF 988. By the late 1960s the saloon bodywork was in a sorry state and was scraped, leaving the car as a basic rolling chassis, as it would have left the factory. The current owner acquired OAS929 in the late 1990s and embarked upon a ten year ground up restoration. The body was hand crafted by the vendor, himself a highly experienced Rolls-Royce coachbuilder, using another pre-war 20/25 body as a donor. Styled as a recreation of a 20/25 Three Position Drophead by Gurney Nutting, this car would be a welcome addition to any pre-war collection.
Mechanically the vendor reports that the engine is very quiet, has a very good oil pressure and is generally in excellent condition. With original 20/25 Gurney Nutting Drophead Coupé's achieving significant prices, chassis number GBJ5 represents superb value for money with all of the style and cache of an original. Complete with copies of the original build sheets, UK V5C registration certificate and current MoT test certificate valid until April 14th 2011, Historics at Brooklands are delighted to be presenting this fine pre-war Rolls-Royce to the market for the very first time.
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